And All Things We Have Created in Pairs

Today the Supreme Court struck down state bans on marriage between partners of the same sex, effectively making marriage equality the law of the land. As a Muslim, I rejoice at their affirmation that the choice of marriage partner is a decision to be made between two adults, without interference from the state or anyone else. According to recent polls, over 40% of my fellow American Muslims are rejoicing with me.I rejoice because the Supreme Court has stood firm for religious freedom, and the … [Read more...]

Islamic State

I wrote a version of this poem some time ago; this revision seems appropriate to the declaration of "the Islamic State" in what used to be parts of Iraq (and may yet again be parts of Iraq).When Prophet Muhammad came to rule in Medina, he established a multi-religious state where Christian, Jew and Muslim were free to follow their religious beliefs.  We are told over and over in the Qur'an that the sins of our brothers, neighbors, co-religionists, and people of other faiths are not our … [Read more...]

Syria

Duma. Irbin. Hammurah. Siqbah. Jisrayn. Zamalka. Ayn Tarma. Jawbar. Mulayha. Kafr Batna. Mu'addamiyah. Darayya.They sound foreign, biblical to American ears, but they stand beside other, more familiar names. Troy. Cyprus. Wounded Knee. NanJing. Odessa. Warsaw. Dresden.  Kent State. Sabra and Shatilla. Tian An Men.All places where people were slaughtered for the sake of land, power, and politics.For the past three weeks, the world has been asking itself, as we must do all too … [Read more...]

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...]


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