Religion

George Washington was a friend of Muslims

This article was first published in the Huffington Post – Religion It is possible that Washington’s friendship with Muslims is a result of his adherence to the rational principles of Deism, which emphasize a belief in God and not necessarily a belief in religion. Others might argue that it is his Christian faith that encouraged… Continue reading George Washington was a friend of Muslims

Religion

Next Pope’s chance to improve relations with al-Azhar University

An opportunity for interfaith bridge building arises in light of a recent statement from Al-Azhar University, one of the most important centers for Islamic learning in the world. Al-Azhar hopes that Pope Benedict XVI’s successor will work towards repairing relations between Muslims and Catholics “based on mutual respect and understanding.” Relations between al-Azhar and the Vatican have… Continue reading Next Pope’s chance to improve relations with al-Azhar University

Religion

Does the next Pope tackle these issues?

Source: Truthdig First, the church has to address the abuse scandal that has been devouring the institution from the inside. Step one is to release every document, no matter how embarrassing or costly, relating to child abuse and the protection of criminal priests. The Vatican has to throw open its doors and establish an independent,… Continue reading Does the next Pope tackle these issues?

Politics

George Washington Quote on Bigotry and Discrimination

George Washington’s letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, 17 August 1790.  Full letter

Commentary

New article in Huffington Post on the Prophet Muhammad and George Washington

Huffington Post Religion In seventh century Arabia, a middle-aged man had a vision to create a new religious and social order for a largely pagan and tribal society. The man, Muhammad, told his band of followers to behave wisely and civilly. “The best among you,” he said, “are those who have the best manners and… Continue reading New article in Huffington Post on the Prophet Muhammad and George Washington

Work

New article in Huffington Post on Islam and American identity

Here is my latest article on what America’s Founding Fathers would say about Islam.  The article is driven by my new interfaith initiative One Film 9/11. You can read more about the initiative here and join us on Facebook.  Hope you enjoy the article and blog.