In his open letter to Dutch MP Geert Wilders, UK Catholic priest Frank Julian Gelli criticizes the MP's Islamophobic statements. As a fellow Catholic, I am encouraged by Fr. Frank's remarks, and I hope more Catholics in Europe and the US come to share his view. Thanks to Saladin128 for the link.
Here is a great op-ed written by John Esposito, one of my former professors at Georgetown. His piece addresses the wide-spread and unnecessary backlash against the planned Cordoba House, an Islamic and interfaith community center that is to be built blocks from Ground Zero. Esposito's views to me seem like common sense, but sadly, there … Continue reading Thoughts from My Teacher
I'm sure most of you are familiar with the proposed bans on the niqab and other Islamic religious clothing in many European countries. The case I've been following most closely is in France, where the law is expected to pass soon. It would ban the few thousand women who wear the niqab (face veil) in … Continue reading Illustrations of Islamophobia
Several weeks ago, I heard an interview with musical artists Noa and Mira on Tell Me More, an NPR radio program. The two featured singers, a Jew and an Arab-Israeli, teamed up to use their fame and talent to promote cooperation in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Their music is trilingual--in Arabic, Hebrew, and English--which makes it especially fun … Continue reading Noa and Mira: Israeli and Palestinian Lay Groundwork for Peace