This Thanksgiving, let us be grateful for the contributions of all America's diverse communities. And let us remember that standing for the logic of pluralism may be America's greatest contribution to the world.
This transformation of Islam into a violent caricature of itself comes at a somewhat strange juncture in the United States. All the elements seemed in place for us to turn the page on an ugly chapter in our history.
Rumi very consciously made himself and his poetry a bridge between cultures and between religions. There is nothing exclusivist about him. He includes everyone in his embrace. He was, and is, a healer of whatever might separate us.
The battle among Muslim progressives and Muslim fundamentalists is a family affair at heart. I've argued to progressive Muslims that the battle needs to be fought within families, beginning with simple candor on the part of progressives.