A Diner Story in Autism Land

It was a quintessential New York corner diner – the hustle of waitresses bringing sandwiches, soups and other lunch and breakfast fair to mostly regular customers. Booths, tables with chairs and a diner counter where you could get what I thought was the best milkshake in New York City.Olympic Flame Diner, on W. 60th Street kitty-corner from then-Roosevelt Hospital – where D was born, where A would be born several months later.Back when D was a little over two years old, and I was, well I … [Read more...]

Adnan Syed’s (of ‘Serial’) Appeals Trial Begins with a Show of Global Support

There have been too many times in the last 17 years that I thought, we thought, Adnan thought that everything would work out. That the system would get it right, that a judge would get it right. And every time, up until the past year, we were wrong.That’s why every step of this case now is full of hopeful trepidation for us. A balance of hope and fear, which, ironically, is the Islamic attitude towards God. The hopeful expectation of Grace and Mercy, tempered by a healthy, respectful fear of … [Read more...]

Taking On Anti-Muslim Rhetoric: President Obama to Visit U.S. Mosque for First Time in his Presidency

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 … [Read more...]

Jesus for Muslims – A Sermon by Rev. Dr. Rebecca Irelan

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 your … [Read more...]

‘Spotlight,’ the Institute for Islamic Education: Sexual Abuse Cases Across Faith Communities

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 learned about in J-school years ago and what I always have considered to be the stam … [Read more...]

Religion, and Islam, Up Front and Center in Pres. Obama’s Last State of the Union Address

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 This is pretty huge. Writes CAIR-Chicago … [Read more...]

A Blow to Christian-Muslim Interfaith Unity – Wheaton College Moves to Fire Prof. Larycia Hawkins

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 W … [Read more...]


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