Posts in category "Patheos"

After Boston: Why Increased Profiling of Muslims Is Not The Answer

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Beloved Lord This article first appeared on altmuslim. Almost as soon as the horrific Boston Marathon bombing suspects were revealed to be Muslim, the cheerleaders for increased profiling of Muslims in America came out in full force. The “king” of them, pun fully intended, was none... Read more »

Patheos: Why Religion and Terrorism Are Opposites

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Lord our God This first appeared on Patheos. With the relief that the alleged perpetrators behind the horrific Boston Marathon bombings have been neutralized comes an intense search for one simple question: Why? Why would Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, refugees from a war-torn land, suddenly become... Read more »

Patheos: When "Standing Up For Jesus" is Un-Christian

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved This first appeared on Patheos. I often wonder whether the myriad of “anti-foreign law bills” (read: anti-Sharia law) is born out of some religious fervor or zealotry. Is there a religious agenda behind these bills that are supposed to protect against so-called “creeping Sharia”... Read more »
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Patheos: The Power and Warmth of God's Love

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved This first appeared on Patheos. I first heard the song “Feel So Close to You” (sung by Calvin Harris) during my daughters’ dance recital, and it had a very catchy tune. There are very few lyrics to the song: I feel so close to... Read more »

For Those Grieving over Newtown, Hold Their Hand

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved This first appeared on altmuslim.   December is never a good month for my wife and me. Our daughter — who passed away three years ago from cancer — was born on December 30. And so this time of year is always hard. This... Read more »

The Virgin Mary: A Woman Like No Other

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved This first appeared on Patheos.   More than two centuries ago, there was a devout woman in Palestine who made an appeal to her Lord: O my Lord! Behold, to You do I vow [the child] that is in my womb, to be devoted... Read more »
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Giving Thanks to an Awesome God

In the Name of the Magnificent and Appreciative Precious Beloved This article first appeared on Patheos.  Another year has passed, and another feast of Thanksgiving has come upon us. As families across our great nation gather together, eat turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, gravy, and the like, it is a natural time for us as... Read more »

Why Do Republicans Dislike Muslims?

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved On the night that the Republican Party nominated a Mormon, I asked the above question on Patheos: For many years of my adult life, I was a Republican and voted with the GOP in almost every election. For several of those years, in fact, I... Read more »

Patheos: I Fast for Him, and Him Alone

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Beloved This was published on Patheos.  For the past six months, at least, I have felt a growing sense of dread. That dread has grown more acute as July 20 came and went. That is because, on July 20, the month of Ramadan started. So now... Read more »
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Patheos: Wholly American, Wholly Muslim

This first appeared on Patheos. All across this country—and the world, in fact—there are numerous people who seek to define Islam and Muslims in a specific and (frequently) negative manner. Islamophobes have, in fact, staked their careers on this task. There are also criminals, so-called Muslims, acting in the name of Islam in such a... Read more »