Islamophobia

Video: Why I Admire Prophet Muhammad – A Response to Islamophobes

The following lecture, which I broadcasted first on Periscope, is based on my article, Why I Admire Muhammad: A Response to Islamophobes. Islamophobes have attacked me because I’ve written positively about Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam. Because I am a Catholic, they consider me to be a heretic and feel that my interfaith activities are sacrilegious.… Continue reading Video: Why I Admire Prophet Muhammad – A Response to Islamophobes

Politics

Why Forgiving the Boston Bomber is the Right Thing to Do

In Massachusetts federal court yesterday, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev apologized to the victims and families that have been impacted by the bombs he set off. Tsarnaev, who is waiting his death sentence, stated: “I am sorry for the lives that I’ve taken, for the suffering that I’ve caused you, for the damage that I’ve done.… Continue reading Why Forgiving the Boston Bomber is the Right Thing to Do

Politics · Travels

Turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque, a church, or both?

News of the beautiful and awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia, or “Holy Wisdom,” turning into an active mosque is a tricky situation for political and cultural reasons, as Religion News Services reports (via Huffington Post). Christians and other minorities may see the Hagia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque as a challenge to Turkey’s secular-republican origin, whereas Muslims… Continue reading Turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque, a church, or both?

Politics

Time For a New Patriot Act

2001 was a dark year for Americans. The Twin Towers fell. The Pentagon was struck. But the Nation lost much more than that in 2001. 2001 was the year that George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act is kind of like a propaganda document for the following reasons. Literally, the Patriot Act… Continue reading Time For a New Patriot Act

Commentary

The similarities between Al Jazeera and Fox News

Many Americans around the United States are making a fuss about Al Jazeera’s purchase of Current TV, which will allow the Arab based channel to air its content in the United States.  Some Americans have called Al Jazeera a threat to national security, while others have even suggested that Al Jazeera spreads anti-Semitic propaganda.  The Fox News commentator,… Continue reading The similarities between Al Jazeera and Fox News

Politics

Politics: Impression on first debate is Romney winner

You don’t have to tell the truth to win a debate, but you do have to have fine talking points, clear and simple policies, effective communication, good body language, sound composure, a sense of humour, and a competitive edge. I woke up this morning and read on Twitter that media outlets the world over are… Continue reading Politics: Impression on first debate is Romney winner

Commentary

Commentary: Time for Obama to say something about mosque attacks across U.S.

The arsonist attack at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo adds to the growing concern that the constitutional right to worship freely is not safeguarded when it comes American Muslims. In the summer of 2012, 8 mosques were attacked in just eleven days (Salon.com).  In Joplin, Missouri, a mosque was destroyed by an arsonist; the same… Continue reading Commentary: Time for Obama to say something about mosque attacks across U.S.