Since Sept. 11, 2001, a negative image of Muslims was successfully portrayed in the media, tilting Americans toward buying stereotypical images of Muslims. However, the year 2010 witnessed a dramatic shift in…
What makes a revolution? Every case is unique. Popular uprising may be spontaneous - the explosive flames of an already primed and oiled wick - or it may be long-awaited and slow to spark. Careful analysis can often find common factors behind revolutions that tell us how humans organize, dream, and express those dreams in collective action. Informed by arguments that see religion as Marx's "opiate of the masses," scholars have long given far more attention to the economic and political…Continue
Added by Inter-Religious Dialogue on May 29, 2011 at 1:24pm — No Comments
I am sitting in Oregon, adoring the all-too-brief bouts of sunshine interrupting the more extended periods of drizzle. The sky is clouded, as it apparently often is in this part of the world, and for the first time in a while I feel like the least hipster person in the room.
I am here because I was invited to speak for the University of Oregon's Alliance of Happy Atheists (UO AHA). After my speech, they gave me their first…Continue
In "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," Leo Tolstoy scathingly wrote of a protagonist whose life was "most ordinary and therefore most terrible." Such may also be said of the ruling put forth by Tennessee judge Robert Corlew, who made the unremarkable determination that "Islam is a religion," thereby permitting the …Continue
My body aches this morning. Its mostly the usual post-marathon aches, with the possible exception of my quads, which are sending pain signals that I can’t quite discern. Its kinda like that feeling you get when you laugh too hard for too long and it literally hurts—and yet you can’t stop laughing. Except more painful.
For most of the day, I will stand slowly. I will ease into chairs. I will take the elevator up, and I will walk backwards down the stairs.
But I wouldn’t trade…Continue
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The 29-foot Easter Cross on Mount Soledad in La Jolla, California, has become a considerable controversy throughout the United States. Since 1913 this cross has been located on state land. In 1989 a veteran and atheist, Philip K. Paulson, known for his popular article I Was an Atheist in a Foxhole, filed suit against the city of San Diego for violating article I section 4 of the California Constitution, which states that “The legislature shall make…Continue
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"Are you a good Muslim or a bad Muslim?" asked a Christian parishioner to a visiting Muslim who was interested in learning more about Christianity. Although the parishioner tried to pass off this question as a joke, it has served for me as the paradigmatic question that reflects many Americans' suspicion and ignorance with regard not only to the Muslim faith, but to the diverse group of people who identify as Muslim.
The fact that this question could be asked OUT LOUD to a GUEST of a…Continue
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These used to be regarded as failings, deficiencies and sins: greed, envy, gluttony, lust. Now our highest values seem to be embodied in these once deadly sins which are now reformed into virtues. By the forces of materialistic consumerism and consumption we are being consumed. Every day we are fed a steady diet of dissatisfaction, frustration and desire; we consume dissatisfaction, frustration and desire. And what we consume we become.
Christianity has long known this…Continue
Of the four billion people who died in the 20th century from all causes combined, 185,000,000 deaths were caused by other humans. At 8.5 millions, murders exceed deaths related to natural disaster (including floods, earthquakes and volcanoes) by five millions. These are scary odds. They get even scarier when one thinks that many of the 'manmade' deaths are the product of hate crimes.
Sadly, since the September 11, 2001 incident, and again since the killing of Osama Bin Laden,…
Added by Sandra Carrington-Smith on May 7, 2011 at 9:51am — No Comments