Brace yourselves – you conspiracy theorists and birther-lingering-on’ers – President Barack Hussein Obama for the first time in his presidency will be visiting a U.S. mosque on Wednesday, when he plans to spend time at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, a “sprawling community center in the city’s western suburbs, that serves thousands of people with a place of worship, a housing complex and schools, according to the center’s website. The ISB, a place I’ve visited myself, is an impressive mosque and… Read more

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post submitted to me by my friend, Maha Elgenaidi, the CEO of Islamic Network Groups. It is the repost of a sermon given by Pastor Rebecca Irelan in support of Wheaton College Prof. Larycia Hawkins and about what Christians can learn from the Muslim view of the Prophet Jesus.  In this time of rampant Islamophobia and fear-mongering, ING has launched an initiative entitled Interfaith Allies: Know your Muslim Neighbor. In line with the national “Know… Read more

When you’re a poor kid from a poor family, and when a priest pays attention to you, it’s a big deal. How do you say no to God? – “Spotlight” Ever since I saw the trailer months and months ago to when it finally opened, Spotlight was a movie I had to see for two reasons: It focused on the tremendous investigative journalism work done by the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team – a throwback to the kind of journalism I… Read more

He’s got nothing left to prove, nothing left to lose. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to hearing what President Obama has to say in his very last State of the Union Address. And, judging from the line of VIP and other guests, religion will be up front and center. Two employees of CAIR (Council on Islamic-American Relations), an organization viewed with suspicion by the government in the past, will be there at the invitation of lawmakers… Read more

I am flummoxed and flabbergasted by the events of the last two weeks. – Professor Larycia Hawkins Wheaton College has begun the process of firing Professor Larycia Hawkins over her statements about Christians and Muslims worshiping the same God, after she donned a headscarf to show solidarity with Muslims at the start of December. The story broke in the news media and in social media earlier this week, with the Chicago Tribune reporting that the political science professor received word from Wheaton… Read more

In the last five years of managing the Muslim Channel at Patheos, I’ve tracked and produced articles and op-eds on the biggest issues Muslims in America and beyond are discussing, living, engaging in and battling over. That comes on top of nearly 10 years before that of working as a journalist and editor on the “Muslims in America” beat for other websites and publications. So, I have a fairly good idea of what stories and issues will be big, what… Read more

My sister-in-law called me up out of the blue last week, talking to me for 20 minutes in a breathless catch-up of things going on in the nation, in the world, about the current climate for Muslims and Muslim women, about what I was hearing and covering through work, about our daughters, about something that just had happened to her that day: A friendly colleague where she worked (she’s a teacher and just joined a new school a few months… Read more

Is the question really about whether Islam and Christianity can identify with each other? Or if Allah is the same as (or similar to) the God? Or if a political science professor at a private liberal Christian evangelical college has the right to don the hijab (head scarf) for Advent in solidarity with Muslims? Or if wearing that hijab is the right demonstration of solidarity with Muslims and Muslim women? Let’s backtrack a bit. Professor Larycia Hawkins, a political science… Read more

Most days I get the kids up, make their lunches, drop them at the bus stop/take them to school, come back home and get on my laptop to start my day’s work as the Managing Editor of Patheos Muslim, one of the faith channels at Patheos.com. It’s all largely behind the scenes work – watching what the latest news stories are, covering the issues Muslims in America are facing, facilitating discussions, talking with the writers and bloggers on my channel,… Read more

It seems like every day is a “Designated Day,” marked so as to draw awareness to a cause, illness, culture, group of people or what have you. Sometimes they scroll by so fast on my news feed that I miss things, like December 3 was World Disability Day. What does that mean? World Disability Day? According to Daysoftheyear.com: Disability Day, or the International Day of People with Disability, is a day that has been promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The aim… Read more

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