“Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.”
In my last post, I discussed the problem of religious illiteracy in America. One sad result of this illiteracy is the wave of hate crimes against Sikh Americans in the wake of September 11. Valerie Kaur, an activist and film-maker who has documented hate crimes against Sikhs in post 9/11-America, writes that “Sikh men with … Continue reading Trends we can’t ignore: 2) Anti-Sikh hate crimes
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)
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
After 9/11, Rais Bhuiyan was targeted in a hate-crime--shot in the face--because he is Muslim. Now, his faith is motivating him to save the life of the man who attacked him. Listen to the NPR interview with Rais here. We all must learn from his ability to forgive.