Jason Tippitt, State of Formation, Jul.9, www.stateofformation.org/2012/07/moving-from-sibling-rivalry-to-religious-solidarity/
As part of my navel-gazing over the notion that “I don’t not believe in God” (at least not anymore), and the logical subsequent question of whether I do believe, I’ve been thinking about what sort of religion I could live with if Unitarian Universalism or Ethical Culture somehow ceased [...]
Jill Shaw Ruddock, Huffington Post, Jul.9, www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jill-shaw-ruddock/to-snip-or-not-to-snip-is-not-the-question_b_1658241.html?utm_hp_ref=tw&just_reloaded=1
Last week the German court in Cologne ruled that circumcision by parents of sons is an unlawful act. This ruling will be enforced even if performed by a qualified doctor, making them liable to prosecution.
Is this a landmark ruling to remove religious liberty or an insidious return of anti-semiticism [...]
Haroon Siddiqui, The Toronto Star,Sep.16, www.thestar.com/news/article/1055298
One byproduct of 9/11 has been Islamophobia — fear of Islam and its adherents, Muslims. Rather than recede with time, it has been growing in the United States and Europe, while Canada has not been immune to it.
Hardly a month goes by without some controversy over hijab, niqab, “honour killings,” [...]
Wajahat Ali, Eli Clifton, Matthew Duss, Lee Fang , Scott Keyes & Faiz Shakir, Centre for American Progress, Aug. 26, www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/08/islamophobia.html
According to extensive analysis, here are the top seven contributors to promoting Islamophobia in the US:
Donors Capital Fund
Richard Mellon Scaife foundations
Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
Newton D. & Rochelle F. Becker foundations and charitable trust
Russell Berrie [...]
Jeffrey Cohen, The Guardian, Aug. 8, www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/08/inter-faith-dialogue-jews-muslims
Donald Reeves describes Muslims as being the new Jews of Europe and calls for a grassroots movement across Europe to tackle the threat of Islamophobia (Face to faith, 6 August). In Nottingham, Jews and Muslims have been meeting together in a dialogue group for several years. The purpose of [...]
Jonathan Luxmoore, ENInews, Jul.25, www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=5043
Christian organizations in Belgium have had mixed reactions to a criminal code amendment making the country Europe’s second to ban the Islamic veil, or burqa.
“We’re against this ruling, since it violates basic human rights,” said Kristine Jansone, general secretary of the Brussels-based Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe. “Although I can’t speak [...]
Tad Stahnke, Common Ground News Service, Jul.5, www.commongroundnews.org/article.php?id=30023&lan=en&sp=0&isNew=1&partner=rss&emc=rss
Although negative stories of Islamophobia in the United States abound in news media, most Americans respect religious diversity. That’s why on Sunday, 26 June, thousands of people across America joined together at dozens of churches and other houses of worship across the country. Congregants united to do far [...]
Joshua Stanton, State of Formation, Mar.10, www.stateofformation.org/2011/03/25-leading-rabbis-and-two-students-speak-out-against-islamophobia/
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights, may have said it best:
Ever since the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States, hatred and discrimination against Muslim Americans has been growing. Over the past year, the rhetoric has only gotten louder and more [...]
Richard Adams, The Guardian, Mar.3, www.guardian.co.uk/world/richard-adams-blog/2011/mar/03/orange-county-protest-islam
A profoundly depressing video of protesters hurling abuse at attendees at an Islamic fundraising event in Orange County.
The Southern California chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America Relief USA organised a fundraising dinner in Orange County, last month. But guess who also turned up? A motley collection of [...]
Melody Moezzi, Huffington Post, Jan.16, www.huffingtonpost.com/melody-moezzi/post_1573_b_808763.html?ir=Religion
When you hear the word “terrorist,” who comes to mind? Basque separatists in white hoods? Anarchists wearing bandanas with five-pointed stars? Or perhaps some right- or left-wing pariah building bombs in basements?
My guess is that none of these characters wins top billing in the minds of [...]