Obviously, Kansas lawmakers must be responding to actual cases or incidents in which judges blatantly disregarded the Constitution and instituted sharia. Well, no, in fact, sharia has never been instituted, or even threatened to be instituted.
This incessant message of denial is hard to swallow by many sectors of our society. The sad reality is that our nation has institutionalized vigilance based on stereotypical ethnic and religious profiling.
This conflict is really about the role that faith will play in America. It is about whether or not we will accept Muslim Americans as true Americans or as second-class citizens. It is a test of our character, and we dare not fail it.
Through the personal images of and reflections by and about real American Muslim woman scattered throughout the U.S., we glimpse a truer understanding of her and are reminded once again of our common humanity.
It is utterly insensitive that while the U.S. is dealing with the extremities of such a barbaric practice that's suspected to have ended young Trayvon Martin's life, a respected public intellectual like yourself would advocate its practice on others.
What we know for sure is that Trayvon Martin is dead. We may also learn again that the false assumptions that undergird all sorts of profiling endanger our citizens and visitors, and divide us against each other.
For years, the NYPD has engaged in the widespread warrantless surveillance of law abiding American Muslims without any credible evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Based upon the reports, their only crime appears to be their religious belief in Islam.
America, which has been a safe heaven for persecuted believers since the Mayflower, keeps up with its heritage by welcoming Muslim believers as well. It should not give into the fear-mongering of a handful of anti-Islamic propagandists.
The Purim story has a happy ending, with enemies vanquished and Mordechai replacing his adversary Haman in a position of leadership. People of faith have a responsibility to ensure that today's story has a positive outcome.
The AP team has done an amazing job in its months-long investigation of the NYPD. The revelations come at a critical time when we cannot afford to waste resources or implement ineffective measures in counter-terrorism.