Rabia Chaudry Writes a Book about Adnan Syed’s (of “Serial”) Captivating Case

Cover of Rabia Chaudry's new book on the story of Adnan Syed

This was the logical next step.Rabia Chaudry, the most vocal and dedicated advocate for Adnan Syed (sentenced to life in prison for the 1999 death of Hae Min Lee), has written a book that will be out in September of 2016 about Syed's case. In an exclusive article in EW.com:Rabia Chaudry, co-host of the podcast Undisclosed, and the person who initially brought Syed’s case to the attention of Serial’s Sarah Koenig, has written a book called Adnan’s Story: Murder, Justice, and The Case That … [Read more...]

Lead with Love

The whole week's been a rather downward spiral, starting with the horrible attacks in Paris and Beirut. The continued violence in Syria, Iraq, Myanmar and so many places around the world. The evil known as Daesh, or ISIS. And the ensuing, predictable yet scary, Islamophobia that has followed. All on top of a huge backlash against Syrian refugees. But that's another post.But life keeps on moving, and the things we commit to -- our families, jobs, children, activities, volunteer work and … [Read more...]

Terrorism Has No Religion

pray for paris

There really is nothing one can write that will adequately express what we are feeling. Everything is wrong. Everything. Nothing is right in this moment.As the details pour out and the reactions and analysis flow forth in a steady stream, we start with anguish, sorrow, hurt and prayers (if you are the praying sort) or strong thoughts for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris.We condemn wholeheartedly these terrorist acts committed by Daesh (ISIS) and their horrific statement … [Read more...]

Virginia’s Former First Lady Argues Basement Entrance for Disabled People

Governor's Mansion in Richmond, VA

Over in the great state of Virginia where I live, I was angered to read this news today about the ruckus being raised by old Virginians over Gov. Terry McAuliffe's plan to build a wheelchair ramp at the Virginia Executive Mansion. When people say that installing a wheelchair ramp is tantamount to defacing a historical building, when former first ladies argue that a ramp will "needlessly threaten" the historical look of a mansion - well that's a major problem. Since when does aesthetics trump … [Read more...]

Maryland School Board Designates Muslim Holiday a Day off from School


Almost a year ago to the day, the "Grinch" decided to remove Chrismas, Easter and Rosh Hashanah from the Montgomery County Public Schools calendar (still leaving it as a holiday, but not designating it by its religious name) instead of adding the Muslim holidays of Eid ul Adha and Eid ul Fitr to the calendar and giving students those days off.Now, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted 6-2 in support of a measure to schedule a professional work day for administrators and teachers on … [Read more...]

One Year Later, Adnan Syed (of “Serial”) is Granted A New Hearing

Adnan Syed - photo courtesy of Rabia Chaudry's Split the Moon site.

I think that noise you heard was the collective mic being dropped.Adnan Syed, who's case became world-famous as the first featured story on the podcast Serial, is officially getting the second chance his team has been fighting for.First his friend and arguably his most vocal and dedicated advocate, Rabia Chaudry, teased us by saying on Facebook, "Big news in Adnan's case about to drop! Alhamdulillah!"And minutes later the news begin filling up all our social media feeds:A B … [Read more...]

Why We ‘Shared What We Shared’

Share what we share

So get this – many of Halloween’s cultural practices stem from Christianity, not Paganism. And, while some Atheists are anti-theists, a great many others are not and struggle to find a way to criticize religion without being bigots. Some Evangelical Christians feel that if they weren’t Evangelical, they’d be Buddhist.And, argues one Jewish writer, the collective Jewish communal theology of victimhood and defensiveness is a “poor substitute for a brilliant galvanizing and inspiring religious v … [Read more...]