This column is modified from a piece I wrote that appeared in the San Antonio Express-News. Last weekend, a 100-year old man finished a marathon in Toronto, Canada. Thousands gathered to celebrate his record-breaking feat, and he’s quickly become a global icon. Fauja Singh’s bright yellow turban and flowing white beard made it easy to pick him [...]
Though I didn’t lose a leg that night, I did lose something else: a naïve belief that my body was somehow exempt from death. My time as a student chaplain in the hospitals of Oxford taught me to cognitively recognize the universal mortality of the human condition, but it was not until the needles were taped to my skin, the doctors were reading my charts, and the purple, atrophied leg was my own that it hit me. If not now, then some day, I will die. Yesterday at 11:08 PM someone did die.
For me, 9/11 began with religion: after my clock radio alarm gave me the first hint that something had gone terribly wrong, I knelt by my bed to pray that God would watch over the affected people. Then I went and turned on the TV just in time to see the first tower fall. Religion [...]
Article first published as Not Free to Learn on Blogcritics. This time of year in America is the graduation season. Thousands of young people march to the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance and receive their diplomas. It is a time of celebrating achievement and looking forward to the future. It is a time of caps [...]
The following is the text of a message I sent to Delta Airlines in response to the incident of two Imams being removed from a Delta flight at the behest of one of their pilots. More information about the incident is available here. Hello, I am writing in regards to a customer care issue not [...]
The hearings Representative Peter King recently held on the supposed “radicalization” of American Muslims are widely considered to be the most counterproductive in recent history. They single out the American Muslim community and misuse one of the highest offices in the land to bolster Islamophobia — or at the very least inaccurate generalizations about Islam [...]
“My student just sent 500 of his closest friends and me an e-mail that says Obama is a radical Muslim only pretending to be a Christian. He wrote that if Obama becomes president, our country will be run by a terrorist. How should I respond to his e-mail?” This was the last question – the [...]