‘I Will Love Until My Own Pulse Stops’ – Multiple Reflections on Orlando Shootings

To witness the world of beauty and oneness around the funeral of the people’s champ, Muhammad Ali, last week and less than 48 hours later wake up to the horrific mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida – the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history – by a man named Omar Mateen … well, words are insufficient to express how so very awful, sad and horrible this all is. It’s so very Pollyanna of me to say so,… Read more

In Life and in Death, Muhammad Ali Proved to the World You can be Unapologetically Black, Muslim and American

Today the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, is holding a political rally in my city of Richmond, VA. Hundreds of miles away in Louisville, KY, thousands upon thousands have gathered to see an Imam facilitate an interfaith memorial service for one of the most beloved Americans of our time – who happens to be a Muslim. The juxtaposition of those events today leaves no doubt in my mind that there is something extraordinary happening through the grace of God… Read more

How Muhammad Ali’s Janaza Prayer is His Last Gift to Muslims and the World

Tomorrow our beloved champ, G.O.A.T. and one of the most influential American Muslims of our generation — Muhammad Ali — will be laid to rest and have the Janaza prayer performed. It is a supremely solemn and profound moment for so many – Black Muslims, American Muslims, Muslims in general, sports fans and people the world who all felt a connection to the People’s Champ. It’s also an intensely moving and significant moment because Ali passed away in the first week… Read more

Ask Your Doctor About ‘Islamophobin’!

Do you suffer from fear of Muslims? Bigotry? Worse? This new drug might be the answer to restore your humanity! According to the literature: ISLAMOPHOBIN® is a multi-symptom relief for chronic Islamophobia. The maximum strength formula treats: Blind Intolerance Unthinking Bigotry Irrational Fear of Muslims U.S. Presidential Election Year Scapegoating SIDE EFFECTS Side effects include loss of Islamophobia and bigotry, development of ability to think rationally, and allowing you to see people for who they really are. Call your doctor if… Read more

“Speechless” – ABC’s new Fall Comedy Focuses on Disability

I’ll admit, this one got me kind of excited and laughing. As ABC is rolling out its promos for its new upcoming shows and comedies, I happened to catch the trailer for “Speechless,” a new half-hour sitcom slated for the Fall 2016 schedule. It’s described as: “Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver) is a mother who is willing to do anything for her family. Her son, JJ (Michah Fowler) has cerebral palsy and she will fight for justice in order to give… Read more

People of Faith Encourage Presidential Candidates to Address Disability Concerns

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by my friend, Curtis Ramsey-Lucas, the director of interfaith engagement with the American Association of People with Disabilities, calling for the 2016 presidential candidates to address disability concerns. I also have been keeping a close watch on how the candidates are addressing the questions and concerns of those with disabilities and their families, and believe faith groups should sign on to this letter urging candidates to support life-changing policies for people with disabilities,… Read more

We Must All Live Truthfully

Ali Family Autism Truths #30 – April 30, 2016 I read an article in the other day about prenatal testing, about a family of two scientist-parents who invented a machine that could sequence and separate genes to better and earlier tell if an unborn baby would have Downs Syndrome or a host of other disabilities. The article was titled, “How A Prenatal Test is Transforming Modern Medicine.” One of the main scientists interviewed in the piece, who has an adult… Read more

Conversations with D

Ali Family Autism Truths #29 – April 29, 2016 Setting: In our Kitchen one evening. I have made brownies, and they are cooling on the counter. Everyone has eaten dinner, and D is drawn back to the kitchen by the smell of something heavenly. He comes up to me, standing at the counter, and pushes his face close to make eye contact – a rarity. It means something important if he leans in to look you straight in the eye…. Read more

He is Not Less Than Anyone Else Because He Has Autism

Ali Family Autism Truths #28 – April 28, 2016 Editor’s Note: For the last five days of April, I’m out of town and am getting creative with our Ali Family Autism Truths posts. Today’s and the last two days’ posts are brief interviews my friend Jamie Pacton did with Syrian autistic children and their families, who have been helped by A Global Voice for Autism. Jamie writes about autism for Parents.com. A Global Voice for Autism is a wonderful organization… Read more

We Cannot Give Up on Our Children

Ali Family Autism Truths #27 – April 27, 2016 Editor’s Note: For the last five days of April, I’m out of town and am getting creative with our Ali Family Autism Truths posts. Today’s, yesterday’s and tomorrow’s posts are brief interviews my friend Jamie Pacton did with Syrian autistic children and their families, who have been helped by A Global Voice for Autism. Jamie writes about autism for Parents.com. A Global Voice for Autism is a wonderful organization that helps autistic… Read more

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