By Daniel Schultz
It's a question I get asked a lot, and am sure to be asked more, now that The Book (Changing the Script: An Authentically Faithful and Authentically Progressive Political Theology for the 21st Century)
, is out.
Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy answer. In fact, there isn’t even one answer. Instead, many...
This photo was taken yesterday by Jeremy Walton, assistant professor at NYU's Religious Studies Program, in downtown Manhattan where various groups gathered to protest a proposed community center or to march in support of it.
Akbar Ahmed is getting some praise
for his piece at Salon
that works to portray both Terry Jones and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf as men "adding fuel to the fire," both exhibiting an insensitivity to a "civil" society that's decided to make them media headlines.
Jones, you know by now
, planned to burn...
By Tariq al-Jamil
This article is part of an ongoing series that examines what Shari'ah is, how the media often get it wrong, and how it’s being used to create fear of Islam and Muslims and to justify continued military defense of “American values.”
There are multiple levels of historical misinformation that fuel the manifold...
Yesterday several hundred Afghans gathered to protest the planned 9/11 burning of the "Koran" at Dove World Outreach Center
in Florida. Reports Reuters
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul said the "United States government in no way condones such acts of disrespect against the religion of Islam, and is deeply concerned about deliberate attempts...
More than 700 protesters gathered
and clashed with riot police in Bradford, England today, the home of a large Pakistani community. Members of the English Defense League
organized the rally to protest "the spread of Islam, Sharia law and Islamic extremism." You can check out the EDL's American counterpart at their 9-11 photo-clad...
Today Bloggingheads.tv has posted a conversation
on religion and the media between Jeff Sharlet, founder and contributing editor to The Revealer
and author of the forthcoming C Street
and Amy Sullivan, contributing writer with Time
magazine. The topics that they cover are: the killing of 10 health workers/missionaries in Afghanistan; gay marriage; the "Ground...
Never ones to let a potential controversy get past them (today's cover headline reads, "Scarlett [Johanson] may be getting a new 'tattoo'"), The New York Daily News has helped to make
the "Ground Zero Mosque" a noisy conversation with emphatic sides. Today I happened to pick up a copy of the paper while waiting...
by Joshua M. Z. Stanton
When John F. Kennedy was running for president in 1960, fear-mongers raised the specter of his dual loyalty. Would he really serve American interests or merely be a pawn for the Vatican? After all, he was a Catholic. Church doctrine, it was whispered, could co-opt the person designated to uphold America’s...
A more personal note: My sister writes this morning to tell me that her friend, Glen Lapp, a resident of our home county, Lancaster, and an aid worker for the Mennonite Central Committee, was killed in the Taliban ambush in Afghanistan last week. Glen had been in Afghanistan for nearly two years and was...
Got a strong hatred for a faith other than your own? Forget finding tolerance; find a book agent! Richard Bartholomew writes today
that a new book, Islam is of the Devil
, has hit the shelves. Its opportunistic author, Terry Jones, is pastor of Dove World Outreach in Florida. Yes, the same church that sponsored,...
Despite disastrous ratings declines
, Glenn Beck continues to be hard to ignore. Lately he's taken to "red-baiting" the president, as Media Matters and others
report. Since the rise of the Tea Party and Beck's history professorship
-- but since the election really -- commentators have been asking what's behind the Right's demonization