In his familiar style, Pope Francis smartly roots his commentary on Islam in the tradition of the Church and his predecessors, while at the same time forges new theological territory.
In my most recent posts, I’ve discussed the terrorist attacks in Norway, offering quite a depressing analysis of their causes and implications, many of which are related to Islamophobia in America. Fear of Muslims existed in the American psyche before September 11, 2001, but the terrorist attacks ten years ago only amplified and cemented those … Continue reading 9/11/11: A new American anniversary
I write often about Islamophobia in America, and while it is a massive and growing problem, it plagues Europe far more. Let’s uncover why. Unlike America, which was founded to embrace diversity, western European states each grew out of a common national identity. Those living within the borders of a country generally shared a similar … Continue reading The Oslo Opportunity, Part 2: Fears of an emerging “Eurabia”
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.
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