The Politics of Fear

The George Zimmerman trial and acquittal raises important questions that we as a society must address. The most pressing of these is whether all fears are equally justified, along with it's corollary: whether one's belief that one might be seriously harmed should be taken as face value by a jury or should it be evaluated for plausibility.As a woman, I appreciate a law that says if a man accosts me in a dark parking lot and grabs my wrist I don't have to scream for help while he drags me into … [Read more...]

Ramadan: An Ever-Varied Feast

2013 will mark my 26th Ramadan. If there is one thing I have learned over the years, it is that no Ramadan is quite like another.My first Ramadan, I was in China, sharing a small dorm room with two non-Muslim roommates. I would sneak out for suhur -- the early morning meal -- so as not to wake them. All the cafeterias on campus were closed, so I'd open a tin of peaches and make it a meal with a steamed bun saved from the evening before and a cup of boiled water. For iftar -- dinner -- I rode … [Read more...]


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