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A quiet dinner at a Chinese buffet was shattered by a foul-mouthed woman shouting racial slurs at eight Muslim women. The scary part? A restaurant full of patrons continued to eat their dinners without coming to the women’s defense. […] Read More

How should we react to the president’s racist tweets? Repeatedly, we discover Jesus combating myopic and hateful attitudes. Through words and actions, Jesus offers an example of how to conqueror bigotry, xenophobia and racism. […] Read More

Last week in America, our worst demons emerged from the shadows. Our inability to address our bigoted attitudes and policies fuels the flames of those seeking a scapegoat for their problems. We must appeal to our better angels. […] Read More

Our society has come a long way in forbidding pejorative phrases that refer to someone’s race, gender or disability. But one slur still cuts deep and is not yet banned. […] Read More

Douglas Johnston, known as the father of faith-based diplomacy, opened a recent conference on Religious Freedom and Islamophobia at Temple University by saying, “The greatest asset we have to fight militant Islam is the American Muslim community. Unfortunately, we have alienated many in this community.” Johnston also said, “As the Muslim community is marginalized, it […] Read More

(RNS) Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus are accusing Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum of bigotry and ignorance after he said that “equality” is solely a Judeo-Christian concept. “Where do you think the concept of equality comes from?” Santorum said on the campaign trail last Friday (Jan. 20). “It doesn’t come from Islam. It doesn’t come from […] Read More

(RNS) Lowe’s, the national hardware chain, has pulled commercials from future episodes of “All-American Muslim,” a TLC reality-TV show, after protests by Christian groups. The Florida Family Association, a Tampa Bay group, has led a campaign urging companies to pull ads on “All-American Muslim.” The FFA contends that 65 of 67 companies it has targeted […] Read More

In the first chapter of his 1967 book, “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?”, Martin Luther King Jr. describes the state of the civil rights movement in America and the state of white America’s acceptance of African Americans. He writes: “With Selma and the Voting Rights Act one phase of development in […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) Three dozen faith leaders Tuesday (Sept. 7) issued a declaration denouncing anti-Muslim bigotry as the nation prepares to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at a time of inflamed religious tensions. Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America, was joined by Christian and Jewish leaders in responding to the […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) A Muslim advocacy organization has released public service announcements ”including one featuring a Muslim firefighter who responded on 9/11 ”as part of a campaign to fight recent anti-Muslim bigotry. Muslim Americans were among the victims and also Muslim Americans were among the first responders, said Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council […] Read More