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I saw the news about Ahmed Mohamed being handcuffed at his Texas school for bringing to school a clock that he made himself. I lamented the unfair stereotyping of individuals based on their name, their religion, their background. And then I realized that all that transpired in fact confirmed stereotypes that some of us have…of Texans. Perhaps I [Read More...]

Not Terrorism, Not Appropriate Either

Eddie Kouya drew attention to an article in the Daily Telegraph, about plans to use anti-terrorism legislation against teachers who use the classroom to tell students that same-sex marriage is wrong. I think we need to be careful about over-using the terminology of terrorism, cheapening it in precisely the way some conservative Christians have cheapened the term [Read More...]

Right-Wing Trolling is Deliberate and Planned

A lot of online discussion is ruined by trolling. Recently, I had someone draw my attention to a disturbing right-wing website. They sent me there for the post, which they thought was actually funny. I for some reason cast aside everything I had learned about the internet and…looked at the comments. What I saw there shocked me, [Read More...]

American Christians Celebrate Paris Massacre

The title of this blog post is the equivalent of what the Christian Broadcasting Network recently offered, when it reported on a radical cleric in Pakistan who managed to get a grand total of 40 people to attend a funeral honoring the terrorists who killed people at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris. The headline they [Read More...]

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Martyrdom

I came across the cartoon above on Reddit. It depicts a satirical cartoonist uttering the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi in response to an armed terrorist. What do you think that might be learned from thinking about Obi-Wan Kenobi as a martyr in the Star Wars story? Or the comparison between Star Wars and recent events? [Read More...]

Double Standard on Religious Violence

The above image indicates the double standard that most Americans have when it comes to people who engage in acts of violence in connection with their purported religious identity. The data comes from a 2011 PRRI study.   [Read more...]

The Aim of Terrorism

Dan McClellan drew the cartoon above and shared it on Twitter. It illustrates the reason why it is important to not respond to intolerance with intolerance. It is self-defeating. If we hate all those who fit into a category with terrorists, then the claim of the terrorists that we are against their people becomes true, even if [Read More...]

The Murders at #CharlieHebdo

Anyone who has seen the cartoons published in the French magazine Charlie Hebdo will know that they were deeply shocking and offensive. But no one deserves to die for being offensive. It isn’t satirical cartoonists who dishonor Muhammad. It is people who kill satirical cartoonists in his name. According to Islamic tradition, when Muhammad and [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: The Greater Good

In flashbacks, we see Sayid being walked through Heathrow Airport in handcuffs. The CIA wants Sayid to infiltrate a terrorist cell in Sydney, in exchange for being told where Nadia is. We later see him in a mosque engaged in prayer, where he is reunited with someone he knew, Essam. He says he is working [Read More...]

Israel and Palestine in Sunday School

I was asked by my Sunday school class to help them understand what is going on in Israel and the Palestinian territories, and how if at all this connects with the Bible. I was going to try to make a video with a brief overview of the history of Israel, providing maps and illustrations. But I have [Read More...]