Author Akbar Ahmed has dedicated himself to building bridges of understanding between worlds. I asked him about the impact of Faisal Shahzad's actions on the larger goal of increasing trust among Muslims and non-Muslims in the U.S. and beyond.
By challenging this longstanding system of benign neglect, bishops and zealots may believe they will achieve ideological purity. What they are actually doing is jeopardizing Catholic hospitals and public health.
For health reform to work, you have to restructure the current system so that there is a significant check on the industry's power. President Obama understands this. Too many of those working for him don't.
In his Notre Dame speech, by insisting on the spiritual validity -- indeed, necessity -- of doubt, Obama is repudiating on religious grounds the very idea that appeals to Revelation should have presumptive value in political debates.