Assuming the Best of Our Muslim Neighbors
The following conclusion to Presumed Guilty: Why We Shouldn’t Ask Muslims to Condemn Terrorism is republished here with gratitude to the book ’s author, Todd Green — a nationally recognized expert on Islamophobia who served as a Franklin Fellow at the U.S.
The Horrors of Hate—A Tribute to Those Who Died Too Young
Groups do not bleed. Generalities do not bleed. People do.
Seven Years Later, Remembering the Violent Hate Crime Leah Remini Inspired at My Grandchildren’s Church
This hate-induced act of violence serves as a sobering reminder that bigotry and propaganda can have serious and frightening consequences.
False Reports: The Insidious Force at the Bottom of Hate & Violence Against Minorities
Each of us has a responsibility to demand facts and to refuse to forward malicious lies and unproven generalities. We have an even greater responsibility to point out the good that comes with the diversity of the human race.
For the Future’s Sake—Let’s Work Together
My family fled anti-Semitism in the Ukraine about 100 years ago. Jews coming to America at that time were often fleeing the pogroms. Basically, if you were headed to Ellis Island, it was likely someone back home wanted you and your family dead.
Leave “Islamic” Out of It
I have friends, associates and employees of Muslim faith. Not a single one has ever demonstrated signs of wanting “Jihad.” Especially here in the good old US of A. They just want what most of us want: the right to live and worship as they see fit without being attacked or ridiculed for their faith.
Terrorists are Insane, Not Religious
I think of myself as very fortunate.
The Religion of Humanitarianism
“My religion is humanitarianism, which is the basis of every religion in the world,” said Abdul Sattar Edhi, the late (1928-2016) Pakistani humanitarian and philanthropist whose eponymous foundation ran hospitals, shelters and orphanages throughout his country.
United Nations Takes a Stand Against Religious Violence
Those three events may have been more dramatic and grabbed more headlines than most instances of violent persecution, but they were by no means isolated. Open Doors, an organization which advocates for persecuted Christians, estimated that between October 2019 and September 2020, over 4,700 Christians were killed around the world for their faith. There were also close to 6,000 incidents of arrests or abduction of Christians due to their religion. By their estimation, 340 million Christians live in countries where they are subject to persecution.
Where Is God in Our Violent, Unpredictable World?
The question of how an all-loving and all-powerful God could allow things like this shooting to happen is one of the fundamental existential questions I wrestled with as a young person many times.