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Islamophobia

While certain Christians have justified inaccurate views of Islam and unjust attitudes and actions toward Muslims, the attitude of Jesus toward Samaritans provides the ultimate model for how to deal with the religious other. […] Read More

As hate crimes against Muslims increase at an alarming rate, some Christians imagine behind every Muslim is an intolerant combatant who wants to force his will on them. The love they claim for their Muslim neighbors is problematic. […] Read More

An interim study on “radical Islam, sharia law, Muslim brotherhood and the radicalization process” was commissioned by Oklahoma Representative John Bennett (R-Sallisaw) in October 2016. I wasn’t surprised, since some of the legislators from the same House sponsored anti-sharia law State Question 755 a few years prior. Bennett, a well-known “Islamophobe,” called Islam “a cancer” […] Read More

I was with a group of volunteers recently who have been running a night shelter for homeless people over the last eight months. They come from 13 different churches and a local synagogue in central London. As well as Christians and Jews, a significant number of volunteers are also Muslims. Now in its seventh year, […] Read More

A recent private member’s bill in Canada’s House of Parliament brings to the forefront the challenges and opportunities of living in post-Christendom. Motion M-103 called for the condemnation of “Islamophobia” (admittedly a slippery term that calls for definition). The intent, as stated in the bill, is to address “the need to quell the increasing public […] 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

A lawsuit was filed in late September by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) against the city of Des Plaines, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, following the city’s refusal to allow a vacant office building to be used as a mosque. The DOJ’s basis for the suit is to uphold the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized […] Read More

A citizen can look in any direction on almost any day and find confirmation of two observations that have informed many of us who chronicle and comment on inter-group conflicts. One is Else Frenkel-Brunswick’s comment on the ethnocentric hater: “Even his hate is mobile and can be directed from one object to another.” The other […] Read More

I attended a recent lecture by Rabbi Reuven Firestone of Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, who spoke on the history and features of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. His theme was that both have their roots in the broader human phenomenon of “scapegoating” – the ancient Hebrew liturgical atonement practice, which has become a metaphor for […] Read More

(RNS) A small number of conservative foundations are propelling a handful of anti-Islamic activists who are fueling rising levels of Islamophobia, according to a report issued Friday (Aug. 26) by the left-leaning Center for American Progress. The 130-page report identifies seven conservative funders who between 2001 and 2009 gave $42.6 million to eight anti-Islamic causes, […] Read More