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Online media sources contributing to an understanding of religion.

According to News Sources, Religion is…

Religion is monotheistic-centric, heavily associated with violence, and in a continuous battle with secularization…according to our news outlets.  On September 17, 2014, I visited the websites of major American news outlets’ websites including CNN, FoxNews, msnbc, HuffingtonPost, and ABC with a simple objective: to analyze what was being disseminated as “religion,” discover what was newsworthy […]

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Letting our Differences Breathe

After publishing new works, many scholars and cultural commentators will tour the country eager to educate a larger and more diverse audience about their research and philosophy, and they often find that audiences almost exclusively consist of people who already agree with them. This experience is not unique to lecturers. We are all more likely […]

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Idolatry and Islamophobia

Charisma magazine has taken down Gary Cass’ original call for Christians to take up arms against Islam in response to public outcry, but Cass remains unrepentant. Most bad arguments don’t lead to calls for genocide, but there’s a connection between the violence of Cass’ argument and the violence of his conclusion.

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Rage, rage (against the dying of the light)

A year or two ago, I studied under a professor who somehow know just which buttons to push to transform my serene, scholarly public self into a senseless wreck.  Admittedly, that public persona was a very thin layer at the time, but more than anyone else, his words were the venom to set my skin […]

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Higher Education, The Rise of the Nones, and IFYC: Where Do We Go From Here?

I wasn’t always interested in interfaith education. Personally, my worldview and commitment to interfaith engagement and education developed in college, as a result of being introduced to organizations and programs such as the Interfaith Youth Core. IFYC is a Chicago-based non-profit organization that focuses on making interfaith cooperation a social norm by way of college […]

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9/11-Era Ignorance of Islam is Infecting the Age of ISIS. We Should Know Better.

Originally Published with The Guardian In the last two months, three major hate crimes have hit New York City, the most ethnically diverse place in the United States. Last week, a man chased a Muslim American woman into oncoming traffic in Brooklyn while threatening to behead her. Earlier this month, a group of teenagers physically […]

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The New Leaders

On a Saturday afternoon at the beginning of August, I paced around the narthex of my grey stone home church where friends and colleagues were gathered in their clergy robes and stoles. This was the church were I was baptized at 23, and the first religious community I had ever officially joined. This was the […]

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Standing with Muslims For the Cause of the Gospel

At the Islamic Society of North America’s annual convention last weekend, civil rights activist Linda Sarsour enjoined her fellow Muslims to live out their faith by committing themselves to justice. She said that, when asked to explain their faith, not to talk about the five pillars of Islam. “That is only helpful if the person […]

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NYPD’s outdated policy perpetuates anti-Sikh stereotypes

Originally Published with Al Jazeera America For the second time in a month, a Sikh-American was physically assaulted in a reported hate crime in New York City. On July 30, a man in a pickup truck directed hate speech at 29-year-old Sandeep Singh before running him over and dragging his body with his vehicle. On […]

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The Generalization of Outrage

The dawning awareness in the US about the barbarism of QSIS has provoked a new round of the same old anti-Muslim rhetoric from the usual sources. Frequently these denunciations follow a predictable recipe: 1. Point to an abhorrent example of something labeled ‘Muslim’ (e.g. QSIS, some violent text in the Qur’an). 2. Declare that this example expresses the essence of Islam, and […]

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