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The Fourth Pillar of Islam—My Experience of Ramadan

The Fourth Pillar of Islam—My Experience of Ramadan

It was Ramadan and they instinctively wanted to share their good food with neighbors, just like they were used to doing back...

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In a World Dominated by Stereotype, MPAC Celebrates Muslim Authenticity

Religious Literacy

March 25, 2021

In a World Dominated by Stereotype, MPAC Celebrates Muslim Authenticity

What I saw was a recognition of the best kind of inclusion: a collection of movies, TV shows, and press coverage where Muslims...

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Charlie Hebdo: Freedom of Expression and Its Responsibilities

Tolerance

October 1, 2020

Charlie Hebdo: Freedom of Expression and Its Responsibilities

While there is no rote answer to that question, I believe that upholding free expression has two sides. One side, of course,...

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What Bagels and Arithmetic Have to Do With Tolerance

Tolerance

March 16, 2020

What Bagels and Arithmetic Have to Do With Tolerance

Perhaps it was reticence or a lack of confidence in my young self that John seized upon, but his reaction was instant. He...

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Religious Freedom: The Elephant in the Room

Tolerance

March 11, 2019

Religious Freedom: The Elephant in the Room

If we keep enforcing the “my religion is better than yours” game—if we keep squashing the religious freedom of another...

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The Quran: Paving the Way in the Land of the Free

Religious Freedom

February 26, 2019

The Quran: Paving the Way in the Land of the Free

The origins of Islam in the U.S. today trace back to one simple concept, one word, three syllables: sla-ve-ry. When Ilhan...

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U.S. Supreme Court Ignores Religious Freedom in Death Penalty Case

Religious Freedom

February 22, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court Ignores Religious Freedom in Death Penalty Case

The case seems simple at first. Dominique Hakim Marcelle Ray was convicted in 1995 of the rape and murder of a 15-year old...

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Is Man Just Another Animal? Part 2: Loss of Spirituality and Increase of Dementia

Is Man Just Another Animal? Part 2: Loss of Spirituality and Increase of Dementia

The immortality of the soul is certainly a crucial and integral part of the belief systems of most if not all religions. And...

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Malaysia: A Step Toward Tolerance

Tolerance

October 20, 2017

Malaysia: A Step Toward Tolerance

In Malaysia this week the heads of its different states (collectively called “the Rulers”) issued a joint statement calling...

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The Truth About Islam, and Why What Your Book of Worship Is Doesn’t Matter to Me

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 29, 2017

The Truth About Islam, and Why What Your Book of Worship Is Doesn’t Matter to Me

When one has traveled and mingled with the peoples of Earth, one quickly realizes that just about anyone—no matter his or...

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Bigotry—I Just Won’t Do That Anymore

Tolerance

September 25, 2017

Bigotry—I Just Won’t Do That Anymore

That’s the importance of religion, to me. And I know it’s true because I experienced it at that interfaith meeting. And...

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Faith, Freedom and One’s Fellow Man

Religious Freedom

July 19, 2017

Faith, Freedom and One’s Fellow Man

After seven hours of a passionate but civil public dialogue, more than 170 Americans came together to decide the future of...

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The Truth (Not the Press) about Religion

Tolerance

July 1, 2017

The Truth (Not the Press) about Religion

I’ve heard plenty of people ask, “If Islam is a religion of peace, why aren’t they speaking out against terrorism?”...

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One Senator’s “Religious Test” and the Antidote to Our Side-Taking Culture

Tolerance

June 25, 2017

One Senator’s “Religious Test” and the Antidote to Our Side-Taking Culture

At the beginning of June, a U.S. senator grilled an appointee to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The...

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Intolerance Takes Center Stage in Austria

Religious Freedom

June 12, 2017

Intolerance Takes Center Stage in Austria

The Austrian Parliament recently passed a law banning women from wearing garments that cover their face s. As is the norm...

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