Please Do (If You Want) Wear the Headscarf in the Name of Interfaith Solidarity

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 ago) came to her and abruptly started talking about how s … [Read more...]

Wheaton’s Big Misstep in Muslim-Christian Show of Solidarity

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 professor at W … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Discussing Faith in Times of Fear on Al Jazeera’s “The Stream”

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, promoting their work, helping them, pushing … [Read more...]

World Disability Day – A Blip On Our Screen as We Get On with Our Autism Living

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 of Disability Day is to en … [Read more...]

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

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

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...]


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