Christus Paradox: Reflections on “Of Gods and Men”

You shouldn’t read this blog post.  At least not until you see the film, “Of Gods and Men.” Really, stop now if you intend to watch it and don’t want me to spoil it for you. The movie tells the true story of French monks living in the hills of Algeria during the civil war … Continue reading Christus Paradox: Reflections on “Of Gods and Men”

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At a loss

When I arrived back to my apartment late on Tuesday night, the eleventh anniversary of September 11, 2001, I opened my laptop to find a burning, bright orange image of a man stoking fire and a New York Times headline reading, “Anger Over a Film Fuels Anti-American Attacks in Libya and Egypt.” As I read … Continue reading At a loss

Trends we can’t ignore: 4) The threat of white supremacist hate groups

The recent terrorist attack on the Sikh gurdwara was committed by Wade Page, a white supremacist and member of the hate group, Hammerskin Nation. The attack highlights the threat of white supremacist hate groups, a threat that has been consciously sidelined by the federal government, whose leaders are cowing to political pressure. According to the … Continue reading Trends we can’t ignore: 4) The threat of white supremacist hate groups

Trends we can’t ignore: 1) Americans’ religious illiteracy

In recent years, numerous polls and reports have illustrated Americans’ ignorance about the basics of minority religions.  But the media’s coverage of the terrorist attack at the Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisc. showed us just how religiously illiterate Americans are. During their breaking news coverage of the attack, CNN anchors, clueless about the Sikh … Continue reading Trends we can’t ignore: 1) Americans’ religious illiteracy

Trends we can’t ignore (Series introduction)

The shooting at the Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisc.—and the nationwide string of hate crimes against Muslims that went virtually unreported by the media—reveals a number of disturbing, yet ignored, trends about extremism and ignorance in America. Over the next few days, I’ll be posting about issues that are not new, but that have … Continue reading Trends we can’t ignore (Series introduction)