On the Front Lines of Autism, Not Terrorism

Like millions of other Americans (and global citizens), my husband, daughter and I gathered together to watch the first of the 2016 presidential debates between Republican candidate Donald J. Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary R. Clinton. A mere ten minutes into it though, I was ready to check out.Not because I was fed up or frustrated with the debate, but because it was approaching D’s bedtime. So I headed to his room to hang out with him until he was fully sleepy and ready to call it a … [Read more...]

NYC Bombings, Being Muslim and Forgoing the Fear

Embed from Getty ImagesThe Monday morning routine is the same as always: Alarm rings, I turn it off. Lay in my bed with eyes shut for a few more minutes. Get up, utter the same morning prayer I have for decades, go to the bathroom. Look at my phone. Read the latest on the bombing in New York City and New Jersey as well as the stabbings in Minnesota.Put the phone down and go downstairs to make lunches. I open every kid’s door and turn on their lights and off their white noise m … [Read more...]

The 2015 Top Viewed Posts on Patheos Muslim – Perhaps Not What You Think They’d Be!

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 won’t and what topics will never go away as muc … [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...]

VIDEO – President Obama Delivers Speech on Drones, Guantanamo Bay and Addresses Muslims

When I heard that President Obama was going to speak today on drones, terrorism and Guantanamo Bay, you can be sure I marked my calendar. I supported this president through two terms, having major beefs with the GOP candidates. The 2012 Presidential campaign was a tough one, where I knew I had to lend s upport to Obama because I just couldn't accept how the GOP and party members felt about Muslims. But still, I had beefs with Obama's handling of various things, major beefs. The passage of the … [Read more...]

‘Mapping Muslims’ – New Report Reveals Devestating Effects NYPD Surveillance has on Muslim Community

A year ago CAIR-NY Civil Rights Manager Cyrus McGoldrick, who was conducting twice weekly “Know Your Rights” workshops in the New York Muslim community, reeled in shock – along with many other Muslim, civil rights and Arab-American activists – as the story broke of rampant Muslim profiling being done by the New York Police Department in the name of counterterrorism.Until then, McGoldrick (and others) had been teaching Muslim communities to forge trusting relationships with law enforcement, th … [Read more...]

The National Defense Authorization Act Passes Again in 2013 – Are You Watching Your Back?

I was cleaning out some kitchen cabinets and came across two business cards from an FBI agent, from when he came a-knocking twice last year on our front door. The first time none of us were home and his card was slid under our door. I’m a fairly unflappable person – pretty much autism-related difficulties are the only things that rattles me.But the fact that an FBI agent visited our home, well that made me pause. Twelve years ago when I took on the job that launched my career as a journalist … [Read more...]