On the last night of Osama bin Laden’s earthly sojourn, unbeknownst to him, in the Student Commons at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Muslim Student Association at VCU presented its annual performance-art showcase called Coffeehouse. As it turns out, the two dissimilar occurrences are quite connected to Islam’s modern messaging.
The fact that this question could be asked OUT LOUD to a GUEST of a Christian Church demonstrates a deep and pervasive understanding, in the status quo culture of the United States, that expressions of Islamophobia are not taboo, but actually to be expected.
This Sunday, many churchgoers heard the story of two disciples walking on the road to Emmaus, shocked by the recent crucifixion. Along their way, they meet a stranger with whom they travel and later share dinner. The disciples tell him what they believe to be the truth of the previous days’ events: A prophetic voice [...]
This post originally appeared on the Washington Post On Faith and the Huffington Post Religion. The attacks on the United States of America orchestrated by Osama bin Laden occurred during my first week of high school — what was supposed to be the start of my transition into adulthood. Due to construction on my school, the academic [...]
Outside the White House, citizens gathered to wave American Flags and chant “USA! USA!” At Ground Zero and Times Square people came out in droves. Right now as I type people are pressing onto the T in Boston, heading to the Common. Heading to celebrate the death of another human being.
This leads me to question, as a Humanist: Do some people deserve to die? Is it ever right to celebrate the death of another human person?
As I sat on my couch scanning Twitter and listening to the President describe the killing of Osama bin Laden, I realized that this was a high moment in American civil religion. Thanks to a couple colleagues here at Emory and our writing group, I’ve had civil religion on the brain lately. As the president [...]
I am still sorting through the emotions and the facts swirling around the announcement that Osama bin Laden has been killed. What a turn of events! These are just my initial thoughts about terror, love, war, and revenge. I hope you will join the conversation.