Posts tagged "Muslims"

Jews and Muslims Don't Have To Be Divided

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord I came across this article in the New York Times about the executive director of the Philadelphia chapter of CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations), Jacob Bender, who is Jewish. This passage of the article struck me the most: Mr. Bender offered... Read more »

Muslims Are No More Terrorists than Chicagoans Are Violent

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord Chicago has gotten very bad press this past week: At least nine people were killed and at least 36 wounded in Chicago over the Easter weekend, prompting a newly formed federal unit to step in to help tackle the city’s pervasive culture of... Read more »

Sharia in Houston: Muslims and a Victim of Fire

In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord There is constant talk about “Sharia Law” and whispers by Islamophobes that Muslims are trying to supplant the Constitution with “Sharia.” It’s laughable. But the perception persists. “Sharia” law is the way Muslims have sought to fulfill the will of God in their... Read more »
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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 »

The Day Hate Lost

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved  This first appeared on Patheos.  The American people have spoken loudly and clearly about what the agenda and direction of our country should be for the next four years. Indeed, the results of the 2012 elections have given pundits and analysts many things to... 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 »
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Visit Your Local Mosque This Ramadan

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Beloved This first appeared in Middle East Online.  On June 22, the Justice Department indicted a Texas man for threatening a Tennessee mosque that is currently under construction. According to the indictment, last September, Javier A. Correa left a message on the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro’s... Read more »

A Teachable Moment

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful The horrific murders of innocent Afghan villagers by a US soldier this past weekend has prompted the rightful condemnation of officials and leaders, including our own President who said the killings were “outrageous and unacceptble.” He also said: “The United States takes this as seriously as... Read more »

My Enormous Respect for Garry McCarthy

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Last night, I attended the 2012 annual banquet for the Chicago chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations. It was a wonderful event, featuring many important guests, including Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who was awarded for his work on immigration and social justice. One... Read more »
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Who Are the "Infidels"?

The debate generated by my first post was very important, and I appreciated every comment made. One of the (many) misconceptions about Islam, brought out in some of the comments, is Islam’s attitude toward “non-believers.” Many people, including some Muslims, think that Islam demands that Muslims “hate” non-Muslims, or that Muslims should even “kill” non-Muslims.... Read more »