Why Brandon Stanton’s Letter to Trump Means the World to Muslims, to Humans

Let's pause.Let's pause in a time of frenzied information and sharing of videos, news, quotes, facts and opinions, in a time of seemingly endless what-the-hell moments in listening to the dumbfounding and hateful rhetoric and thoughts spewing from the mouth of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (and other candidates too - I see you Ted Cruz and your hiring of noted Islamophobe Frank Gaffney as a foreign policy advisor) -- and let's slow it down.Slow it waaaaaaay down for a … [Read more...]

On the Donald, Medicaid Waivers and What I’m Concerned About

I'll not sugar coat it - it's been a difficult month. I'd like to press forward, figure things out and move on. But it's not always that easy. Sometimes we are made to remember, to note it, to mark it down and to remember that which we'd rather not talk about.Case in point: the fight to get a medicaid waiver.I had our monthly visit with D's caseworker for his ID (intellectual disability) waiver today - he is on the wait list for this waiver, which would help get him more care giving … [Read more...]

#OurThreeBrothers – Mourning the Loss of Three Innocent Lives

Say their names: 23-year-old Mohamedtaha Omar, 20-year-old Adam Mekki and 17-year-old Muhannad Tairab.Shot, execution style, last week in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Is this another horrible by-product of the growing anti-Muslim hate and rhetoric being pumped by presidential candidate Donald Trump and others? Is it a hate crime? Are Muslims being targeted? (Omar and Tairab were Muslim. Mekki was Christian, according to news reports.) Is it random, but tragic, violence? Or, is this another example … [Read more...]

Dalia Mogahed’s TED Talk – How Do You See Me? (VIDEO)

Several years ago, Dalia Mogahed , then Gallup's executive director of Muslim studies, co-authored a seminal book with Georgetown University Professor John Eposito - Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. Based upon the largest Gallup study of global Muslims of its time, the book presented fascinating and sobering findings, addressing (among many other things) what the actual views of the Muslim publics were in contrast to this question: "Are the growing violence and negative … [Read more...]

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...]