Dancing on the grave of the enemy--a human impulse, perhaps, but not one that we want to encourage if our spirituality is rooted in interconnection and compassion. Death is one aspect of the Goddess, but death in service of the regeneration of life.
By Starhawk | May 4, 2011; 06:59 PM ET | Comments (1)
Pumping our fists in victory or celebrating in the streets is probably not the best Christian response to anyone's death, even the death of a dangerous and violent enemy. The world can be relieved that a leader as evil as bin Laden can no longer plot the death of innocents. We can be grateful that his cynical manipulation and distortion of Islam into a message of division and hate is finally ended. Even if we sharply dissented from the moral logic or wisdom of the failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan of the last decade, we can be glad that a mass murderer has been stopped and brought to justice. And we can be hopeful that the face of the Arab world might now become the young non-violent activists for democracy rather than a self-righteous smirk of a self-promoting video character who tells us he is going to kill our children if we don't submit to his hateful agenda.
By Jim Wallis | May 3, 2011; 03:13 PM ET | Comments (0)
Today, Americans have a choice: Will we repeat the disastrous mistakes of the past? Or will we embrace American Muslims as positive contributors the economic, political, and social life of our country?
By Jill Jacobs | March 9, 2011; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (0)
We must ask ourselves what it means for Congress to be exposing an entire religious community to "bigotry and persecution."
By Arthur Waskow | March 8, 2011; 04:31 AM ET | Comments (2)
I understand the desire to investigate religious extremism, but these hearings are a gross affront to our freedoms and our principles. Instead of having "Muslim radicalization" hearings, I want to propose something truly radical: let's promote voices of inclusion instead of drumming up unwarranted suspicion and inciting fear.
By Chris Stedman | March 8, 2011; 02:24 AM ET | Comments (3)
There are alternatives to CAIR and Congressman King is providing them a platform.
By Jordan Sekulow | March 7, 2011; 06:34 PM ET | Comments (65)
Radical and political Islam will be debated on the 2012 campaign trail.
By Jordan Sekulow | February 24, 2011; 03:06 PM ET | Comments (10)
It is my prayer that this complex, at times difficult, relationship between fervent faith and democratic openness can be preserved in Egypt.
By Serene Jones | February 1, 2011; 06:02 PM ET | Comments (9)
Whatever the president decides to do about his visit to Amristar, let's get back to work on things that matter.
By Jonathan Merritt | November 8, 2010; 04:15 PM ET | Comments (0)
According to the Biblical story of the Exodus, Sinai, and the Wilderness, Pharaoh turned workers into slaves, immigrants into pariahs, and tormented the earth until it rebelled in ecological disasters -- the Plagues. He used his domestic police -- overseers -- to harass and punish dissidents and workers, and his horse-chariot army to subjugate an empire. Yet -- or therefore -- inspired by YHWH, the Breathing-Spirit of the World -- a band of runaway slaves created a whole new form of community. Today, what institutions are behaving like Pharaoh, and how do we create new communities that celebrate the intertwining of many different human cultures with each other and the Earth? What could be the role of a transformed and transformative Judaism in that process, alongside other religious and spiritual communities?
By Arthur Waskow | November 3, 2010; 03:09 PM ET | Comments (3)
President Obama is a Christian. But what if he had been a Muslim and converted to Christianity? Would he not be a "true" Christian? That seems to be what the Rev. Franklin Graham is saying.
By Sally Quinn | August 27, 2010; 09:13 AM ET | Comments (14)
Turn off the hate-spewing commentators and go out and meet your neighbors. Practice the tolerance, love and compassion that every religion at its best preaches. Remember--if we fail to support the right of any one religion to meet, worship and educate, our own rights are jeopardized.
By Starhawk | August 26, 2010; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (32)
"We intend to live the wisdom that God revealed to the Prophet, peace be upon him: That God created the human race as one family, through a single couple, to become many cultures and communities -- not so that we would hate and despise one another but so that we would come to know and understand each other. (Quran 49:13)"
By Arthur Waskow | August 23, 2010; 03:29 PM ET | Comments (0)
My solution? Build a mosque, a synagogue, and a Chapel in the same place. That's the real American answer....
By Matt Maher | August 20, 2010; 03:57 PM ET | Comments (0)
The entire religious world, not just Muslims, are watching us now. They are waiting to see if we really believe what we say we do about religious freedom.
By Sally Quinn | August 19, 2010; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (75)
To oppose this project because Islam is involved and Muslims are sponsors of it is a violation of the religious freedom guaranteed and protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution - period.
By Welton Gaddy | August 17, 2010; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (2)
"This is America, and we must not talk like that!"
By Arthur Waskow | August 16, 2010; 09:51 PM ET | Comments (3)
Do we really want to give the government the right to pick and choose which religions get to build where?
By James Standish | August 13, 2010; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (8)
For months, in New York City there has been a boiling controversy over plans to build a peace-committed mosque and Islamic cultural center two blocks from the site of the World Trade Centers. Last week, the Anti-Defamation League threw the national Jewish community into this debate by opposing the construction of the planned mosque. The Shalom Center, after consultations with a remarkable array of rabbis and other Jewish leaders from a broad spectrum of Jewish life, supports the building of the mosque and strongly disagrees with the ADL's position. The statement of these leaders, a list of the 30 initiating signers including Rabbis from a very broad spectrum of Jewish life -- Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, and Renewal is below. We invite you to sign, to join a vigil at noon on Thursday August 5, and to call the ADL to urge them to change their stance.
By Arthur Waskow | August 3, 2010; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (12)