Extremism has become a sensationalized catchall phrase, often used by politicians and mass media to polarize and to label groups of people as "the bad guys." But, what is extremism? And how do we get to the root of its destructiveness?
The worst representatives of Christianity should not be taken as representative of Christianity. It's just plain not fair. And people should understand Jesus and his teachings, not some extreme and self-righteous caricature of Christianity.
Blair refuses to consider the possibility that the disastrous foreign policies of the West might possibly have aggravated tensions in the Middle East and throughout the world leading to occasional acts of violence.
These are good, serious and thoughtful people, usually deeply committed to Judaism, who struggle with big religious questions in a way that makes no sense. They may think that they can wring the holiness out of their Jewish identity and practice, but they cannot.
These pastors choose to use their pulpit to spread pain, disharmony, and hate in the world. I choose to broadcast a message of peace, forgiveness, hope, and understanding -- with the intention of validating the millions of gay people who live, love, and learn around the world.
The damage that these scandals have caused in severing the lines of trust between law enforcement and the Muslim community may be irreparable in the short term, but it is not too late for the NYPD to begin assessing the policies that led us here.
Egypt's democratic transition faces two main threats: subversion by anti-democratic religious extremists; and obstruction by an authoritarian military junta loathe to yield power to civilian rule. Those who support continuing democratic progress in Egypt must oppose both.
When the discussion of sharia law is based on the premise that Islam is inherently criminal, or that all Muslims have a proclivity towards violence, then that discussion shifts from legitimate intellectual debate to hateful religious scapegoating.