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Overcoming Denial About Deadly Power of Religion
Overcoming Denial About Deadly Power of Religion

By: Jon Kuhrt
We can't disconnect violent extremism from its religious roots, whether that's Islam or Christianity. Religion provides resources for oppressors and those fighting for peace and liberation. We must judge them by their actions.

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10 Ways to Vanquish Fear and Trust God's Love
10 Ways to Vanquish Fear and Trust God's Love

By: Robert Guffey
Letting fear rule our behavior to the point of seeing all strangers as potential perilous sources makes no sense for people of faith. It's time Christians trust the perfect, suffering, reconciling love of God.

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Can You Trust Muslim Kindness This Ramadan? - Part 2
Can You Trust Muslim Kindness This Ramadan? - Part 2

By: Martin Accad
Some have claimed that when Muslims speak and behave positively toward non-Muslims, they are being hypocritical and hiding a stealthy agenda. Christians who affirm that claim are bearing false witness.

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Can You Trust Muslim Kindness This Ramadan? - Part 1
Can You Trust Muslim Kindness This Ramadan? - Part 1

By: Martin Accad
The concept of "taqiyya" refers to the permission in Islam for Muslims to dissimulate their beliefs to avoid bodily harm. Some have misstated the belief in order to accuse Muslims of holding a stealthy agenda.

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Muslims to Begin Observance of Month of Ramadan
Muslims to Begin Observance of Month of Ramadan

By: Ashfaq Taufique
Muslims all over the world will fast during the month of Ramadan, which begins May 27 and is a time in which they refrain from all food and drink and sexual activities from dawn to dusk.

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Standing with Muslims is an Act of Christian Witness
Standing with Muslims is an Act of Christian Witness

By: Lee Beach
When Muslims become targets of hatred, Christians need to stand with our Islamic brothers and sisters and support initiatives that condemn these racist, hateful acts, even if the initiative is not perfect from our perspective.

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Countering Fear-Based Immigration Rhetoric with Facts
Countering Fear-Based Immigration Rhetoric with Facts

By: Zach Dawes
U.S. history reveals that too often the nation's immigration policies have resulted from fear more than facts. While Christians can differ on policy positions, we must speak against fear-based rhetoric.

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Recalling History: Refugee Flight Not Limited to Muslims
Recalling History: Refugee Flight Not Limited to Muslims

By: Kathryn Kraft
How should Christians respond to the vast wave of refugees fleeing Muslim-majority nations and living in Muslim-majority nations? Recall our history when millions of refugees fled after WWII from Christian-majority nations.

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Defeating the Hatred of Today's Crusaders - Part 2
Defeating the Hatred of Today's Crusaders - Part 2

By: Ashley al-Saliby
We must reject the superiority and hatred in all of us because it leads to horrors that we couldn't imagine our friends and neighbors capable of carrying out. With love, we must stand up for our Muslim neighbors.

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Defeating the Hatred of Today's Crusaders - Part 1
Defeating the Hatred of Today's Crusaders - Part 1

By: Ashley al-Saliby
Three men were arrested for planning to bomb a Muslim community in Kansas. Not too far back in our history, another group successfully carried out a similar atrocity. Where does such murderous hatred begin?

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4 Toxic Mistakes to Flush Out Regarding Islam
4 Toxic Mistakes to Flush Out Regarding Islam

By: Martin Accad
Election Day is fast approaching. To encourage voters to be less fear-driven and rational and socially compassionate, here are four mistakes we often make in our thinking about Islam and Muslims.

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Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths
Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
How do we build relationships with people of other faiths? Here are five points to consider when your congregation takes steps to reach out to your Muslim neighbors.

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U.S. Catholics' Views of Islam Largely Negative
U.S. Catholics' Views of Islam Largely Negative

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Few U.S. Catholics have positive views of Islam or know a Muslim personally, a Georgetown University report says, with 30 percent holding very or somewhat unfavorable views of Islam.

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Baptist, Muslim Leaders Discuss 9/11's Ongoing Impact
Baptist, Muslim Leaders Discuss 9/11's Ongoing Impact

By: EthicsDaily Staff
As the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, Baptist and Muslim leaders believe interfaith engagement offers hope for a better future, even as negative rhetoric heightens tension for U.S. Muslims.

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How Has Society Grown Up After 9/11?
How Has Society Grown Up After 9/11?

By: Mitch Randall
After 15 years, you would assume our society has grown up regarding the relationship between Christians and Muslims. At times, the opposite seems true. We must set aside our ignorance and biases.

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Uniting to Work Together - 15 Years Later
Uniting to Work Together - 15 Years Later

By: Danny Chisholm
As we approach the 15th anniversary of 9/11, it's more vital than ever for Muslims and Christians in the U.S. to work together. We can unite to improve our communities without compromising our religious views.

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As 9/11 Nears, Christians Can Build Bridges with Muslims
As 9/11 Nears, Christians Can Build Bridges with Muslims

By: Robert Parham
Muslim leaders are concerned about the possibility of one of their holy days coinciding with 9/11's 15th anniversary. Before that date, Christians can take proactive steps now to build bridges with their Muslim neighbors.

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When 300 Muslims Defended Christians but Few Noticed
When 300 Muslims Defended Christians but Few Noticed

By: Larry Eubanks
When 300 Islamic leaders united to denounce religious extremism within Islam, the news received little media attention. These Muslim leaders are closer to the position of Jesus than many of his followers.

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Why 59 Percent of Evangelical Pastors are Wrong About Islam
Why 59 Percent of Evangelical Pastors are Wrong About Islam

By: Rick Love
Nearly six out of 10 evangelical pastors believe Islam is dangerous and promotes violence, research found. To counter that false narrative, here are three ways you can help congregants see the truth.

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How Should Christians Respond to the Orlando Massacre?
How Should Christians Respond to the Orlando Massacre?

By: Bill Ross
"The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history." These words bring fear, hate, exclusion, injustice, hurt, shock and pain. How should Christians respond? It boils down to one word.

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Wishing Your Muslim Neighbors Well During Ramadan
Wishing Your Muslim Neighbors Well During Ramadan

By: Martin Accad
Religions tend to be exclusive of other religions, but that doesn't mean you can't wish your Muslim friends and neighbors well during the month of Ramadan. Here are four reasons why.

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A Baptist Editor Lands on the Wrong Side of Equality
A Baptist Editor Lands on the Wrong Side of Equality

By: John Pierce
Christian fundamentalists have a record of landing on the wrong side of equal rights and social change. A Georgia Baptist editor has peddled a fear-based argument to limit Muslims' religious freedom.

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Jesus, Muslims and the Quran: Building Fruitful Dialogue
Jesus, Muslims and the Quran: Building Fruitful Dialogue

By: Martin Accad
Beliefs about Jesus today are diverse among Muslims. When our conversation is rooted into a robust life in the footsteps of Jesus, theological dialogue with Muslims will be strengthened and more fruitful.

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The Last Crusade?
The Last Crusade?

By: Philip Jenkins
As an integral part of Western rhetoric, crusades indicated a noble or righteous struggle inspired by higher motives. The word is now actively toxic, suggesting religious fanaticism and Islamophobia.

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Christians, Muslims and the Golden Rule
Christians, Muslims and the Golden Rule

By: Lynne Hybels
Christians and Muslims have different beliefs about God and Jesus, but they can still respect each other. Will you refuse to let irresponsible media stories shape your opinions of Muslims?

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How the Bible Calls Us to Think and Act in Times of Fear
How the Bible Calls Us to Think and Act in Times of Fear

By: Ashley al-Saliby
Western fears about Islam and Muslims are surging again. Will we stand up to the media's negative perceptions of the Islamic faith? Or succumb to the hatred and fear from which God's mercy saved us?

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Fragments That Have Shaped My World View Over 25 Years
Fragments That Have Shaped My World View Over 25 Years

By: Robert Parham
Fragmentary experiences inform and sharpen one's understanding of the world. As the Baptist Center for Ethics' executive director for 25 years, here are a few that have expanded my view of the world.

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Follow the Crucified: An Interfaith Easter Reflection - Part 2
Follow the Crucified: An Interfaith Easter Reflection - Part 2

By: Martin Accad
In its near-unanimous denial of the historicity of the crucifixion of Jesus, the Muslim exegetical tradition - not the Quran - stands largely alone. It also rejects the purpose of biblical salvation history.

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Follow the Crucified: An Interfaith Easter Reflection - Part 1
Follow the Crucified: An Interfaith Easter Reflection - Part 1

By: Martin Accad
The Quran reports Jesus' miraculous birth, his ministry of healing and raising people from the dead. What remains hard to grasp is how life and salvation can emerge from death and apparent failure.

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Being Christian Doesn't Mean Being Against Islam
Being Christian Doesn't Mean Being Against Islam

By: Arthur Brown
Being Christian and being Muslim are not the same. We don't have identical understandings of the God we worship. However, Christians can reject the bigotry of judging others and build bridges of respect.

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How Should Western Churches Respond to Syrian Refugees?
How Should Western Churches Respond to Syrian Refugees?

By: Martin Accad
As Syrian refugees migrate into Europe in massive numbers, Western churches want to know how to respond. The first issue to address is the fear that many have about this overwhelming phenomenon

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Fear of Refugees Strong in U.S., Even among Practicing Protestants
Fear of Refugees Strong in U.S., Even among Practicing Protestants

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A strong majority (86 percent) of U.S. Protestant pastors said Christians should "care sacrificially for refugees and foreigners," yet 46 percent said their churches feared refugees coming to the U.S.

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Focused Hatred Poisons Our View of World
Focused Hatred Poisons Our View of World

By: Colin Harris
Our fear and prejudice easily morph into a focused hatred, but if history teaches us anything, it is the lesson that life lived as a contest where hatred is a player is a contest that nobody wins.

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Islam Means Peace? A Brief Etymological Reflection
Islam Means Peace? A Brief Etymological Reflection

By: Martin Accad
Some say Islam means peace; others say that's not true. Here's the truth: Islam will mean whatever those currently struggling for its soul will be able to make of it in the decades ahead.

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How You Can Slow Down ISIS Recruitment
How You Can Slow Down ISIS Recruitment

By: Rebecca Brown
Worldwide, more than 20,000 people have been recruited by the smooth rhetoric of ISIS and their self-declared holy war. However, we can slow their recruitment efforts down if each of us does this.

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U.S. Majority: Religion Used by Extremists to Justify Violence
U.S. Majority: Religion Used by Extremists to Justify Violence

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A strong U.S. majority - more than two-thirds - affirmed that people and groups use religion to justify violent actions rather than religious teachings being the cause of violence, a Pew Research Center report found.

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Goodwill Muslim Leaders Speak Up for Religious Freedom for Minorities
Goodwill Muslim Leaders Speak Up for Religious Freedom for Minorities

By: Robert Parham
The Marrakesh Declaration, a historic document by some 300 Muslim scholars, calls for religious minorities in Islamic countries to be treated with respect.

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5 Principles to Help You Face Your Fears
5 Principles to Help You Face Your Fears

By: Bryan Brock
Fear is insidious. It uses up mental and spiritual energy. And when fear is in the air, it's like living in a toxic environment. Maybe that's why the command to "fear not" is so prevalent in the Bible.

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Suffering from Too Much Ceremonial Christianity
Suffering from Too Much Ceremonial Christianity

By: John Pierce
The United States is plagued with 'ceremonial Christianity,' which baptizes national allegiance and political ideologies in the language of faith. And Jesus' teaching is lost in the process.

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Free EthicsDaily.com Interfaith Resource Sheet for Congregations
Free EthicsDaily.com Interfaith Resource Sheet for Congregations

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Amid divisive, anti-Muslim rhetoric, Baptist leaders have urged interfaith engagement with Muslim neighbors. To aid churches in those initiatives, EthicsDaily.com offers a free downloadable resource.

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When Anxiety Pulls Your Focus Off of God
When Anxiety Pulls Your Focus Off of God

By: Mark Tidsworth
People under stress often default to regressive tendencies. That's why some otherwise rational followers of Christ will abandon His teachings when anxiety reigns. They trade in Jesus to serve the "Warrior God."

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Refugees' Reality Trumps Political Rhetoric
Refugees' Reality Trumps Political Rhetoric

By: Elijah Brown
Recent rhetoric by Donald Trump and other political leaders about halting Muslim immigration to the U.S. is grounded in political expediency and eschews biblical convictions.

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Prioritize Interfaith Engagement in 2016 - The Baptist Way
Prioritize Interfaith Engagement in 2016 - The Baptist Way

By: Robert Parham
We won't win the war against Islamic extremists with drone strikes and military firepower. Overcoming terrorism must include Christians collaborating with goodwill Muslims. Here are five reasons why.

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Baptist Pastors Stand in Solidarity With Muslims at Interfaith Events
Baptist Pastors Stand in Solidarity With Muslims at Interfaith Events

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist ministers across the U.S. have signed interfaith statements expressing solidarity with their Muslim neighbors and condemning anti-Islamic rhetoric.

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You're Not Called to Fear, You're Called to Love
You're Not Called to Fear, You're Called to Love

By: Larry Eubanks
There's a tension between fear and love. A person living in constant fear and anxiety dies from the inside out. A person surrounded by unconditional love flourishes even in the harshest conditions.

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What Franklin Graham Doesn't Know About Baptist Faith
What Franklin Graham Doesn't Know About Baptist Faith

By: Stephen Holmes
Franklin Graham has backed Donald Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. Does Graham know that the faith of his father virtually began with a plea for religious freedom for Muslims?

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GOP Leaders Speak Out Against Trump's Hateful Rhetoric
GOP Leaders Speak Out Against Trump's Hateful Rhetoric

By: Zach Dawes
People of goodwill should speak out against harmful rhetoric perpetuated against Islam and Muslims. Thankfully, that's what GOP leaders are doing regarding Donald Trump's latest diatribe.

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Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 2
Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 2

By: Martin Accad
With the church in the Middle East on life support, the solution is not to fan fears of Islam and Muslims and develop strategies of war against them. Rather, the transformation must start from within.

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Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 1
Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 1

By: Martin Accad
The church of the Middle East is on life support, and fingers regularly point at Islam as the cause of its demise. Under such circumstances, how do you prepare future leaders for the Arab church?

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A Christian Response to Yet Another Mass Shooting
A Christian Response to Yet Another Mass Shooting

By: Matt Sapp
What do we do following yet another mass shooting? Christian political engagement is no substitute for personal, individual action. One thing's clear: We can't match hatred for hatred.

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Muslim Leaders Condemn California Shootings, Terrorist Attacks
Muslim Leaders Condemn California Shootings, Terrorist Attacks

By: EthicsDaily Staff
As they have done many times before over similar violence linked to terrorism, Muslim leaders and organizations were among the first to condemn the shooting in California.

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Will the Church Roll Back Fear's Thunderclouds?
Will the Church Roll Back Fear's Thunderclouds?

By: Elmo Familiaran
The horrific acts of murder and terror remind us we live in a world of violence, hate and evil. Add election-year rhetoric to the mix, and fear covers us like thunderclouds. Will the voice of the church be heard?

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Fear: The Fuel on Which Evil Thrives
Fear: The Fuel on Which Evil Thrives

By: Preston Clegg
Perhaps the most insidious characteristic of fear is how quickly it draws us into vicious cycles. Fear causes us to see the worst in others, and therefore, it brings out the worst in us.

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The Reason Your Pastor May Be Afraid
The Reason Your Pastor May Be Afraid

By: Mark Tidsworth
Churches today are in transition. When transition leads to negative changes, we look to leaders for answers and often blame them for the change. No wonder pastors are fearful.

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Busting Myth That Muslims Don't Condemn Terrorism
Busting Myth That Muslims Don't Condemn Terrorism

By: Martin Accad
When a Muslim commits a terrorist act, some complain Muslim leaders aren't doing enough to condemn them. But Muslim groups have condemned them many times - with little, if any, media coverage.

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How Islamophobia Hurts America
How Islamophobia Hurts America

By: Martin Brooks
The polarization between the Muslim and Christian communities is doing great harm to our nation and to our Christian witness. And many churches respond with fear instead of Christ's love.

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Evangelicals, Muslims Commit to Mutual Peace
Evangelicals, Muslims Commit to Mutual Peace

By: Rick Love
Evangelical pastors and Muslim imams declared their commitment to making peace with one another, but some evangelicals uphold Jesus' exclusive truth claims without upholding his inclusive love aims.

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Discrimination Against Muslims the Focus of DOJ Lawsuit
Discrimination Against Muslims the Focus of DOJ Lawsuit

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against a Chicago suburb in September, following that city's refusal to allow a vacant office building to be used as a mosque.

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Educating Children about Religions' Impact on Society
Educating Children about Religions' Impact on Society

By: Ircel Harrison
Teaching children about religion helps them understand the positive and negative ways in which all faiths have impacted culture and the world we live in today.

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The South Isn't Alone in its Islamophobia
The South Isn't Alone in its Islamophobia

By: Martin Marty (The Martin Mary Center: Sightings)
The south is home to six of 10 states that have passed meaningless laws against the exercise of unexercised Sharia law, but the South is not alone. Islamophobia is a national epidemic.

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Razor Wire Isn't Needed to Protect Christianity
Razor Wire Isn't Needed to Protect Christianity

By: David Crosby
Hungary's prime minister says a 110-mile razor-wire border fence will protect Christians from Muslims. Cynical politicians know the fastest way to whip any group into a frenzy is to say their religion is being attacked.

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Living Lives of Faith in Our Fearful Society
Living Lives of Faith in Our Fearful Society

By: Blake Hart
Fear causes us to take our trust away from Jesus and to place it in lesser things. We may not pray to golden calves, but we place a lot of confidence in border fences, armies, guns, bombs and predator drones.

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Interfaith Leaders Commit to Help End Hunger by 2030
Interfaith Leaders Commit to Help End Hunger by 2030

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders signed a statement calling for a broad commitment to end hunger by 2030. Bread for the World released the statement signed by 67 leaders.

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Real Interfaith Commitment - More Doing, Less Talking
Real Interfaith Commitment - More Doing, Less Talking

By: Martin Brooks
Rather than Muslims and Christians getting together to talk about their differences, what if the two faith groups came together to work side by side on projects to help their communities?

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When Fear Goes to Your Church
When Fear Goes to Your Church

By: Mark Tidsworth
Introducing threat and fear into a community generates immediate attention. With preachers and politicians leveraging the emotional power of fear, is it any wonder church members are catching this fear, too?

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Franklin Graham and the Politics of Fear
Franklin Graham and the Politics of Fear

By: Arthur Brown
Franklin Graham's recent anti-Muslim Facebook post demonstrates paranoia, ignorance and fear to a degree that is almost unbelievable. He has lost sight of some of the central tenets of the faith he professes.

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How Can We Address Our Epidemic of Fear?
How Can We Address Our Epidemic of Fear?

By: Colin Harris
Fear can be a healthy response to danger. Others can manipulate fear in unhealthy ways. That fear seems to grip our collective consciousness. It's time to stop reinforcing it.

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Isn't It Time for Islam and Christianity to Get Along?
Isn't It Time for Islam and Christianity to Get Along?

By: Jesse Wheeler
The world's total number of Muslims and Christians is expected to be nearly equal by 2050, a report says. The obvious conclusion: Both groups must learn to get along for the sake of global concord.

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3 Disturbing Consequences from Anti-Muslim Proponents
3 Disturbing Consequences from Anti-Muslim Proponents

By: Martin Accad
The Muhammad cartoon contest provides one more example that anti-Muslim voices seek to provoke conflict and violence. The church needs prophetic voices to stand against this destructive tide.

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Report: ISIS Architects Not Religiously Inspired
Report: ISIS Architects Not Religiously Inspired

By: Mike Kuhn
ISIS leaders are not religiously inspired but are using the power of religion to mobilize fighters, a report says. If true, will some Christians continue to castigate Islam as the culprit for this senseless perversion?

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Islam Expected to Expand, Religiously Unaffiliated to Shrink Globally
Islam Expected to Expand, Religiously Unaffiliated to Shrink Globally

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Islam is the fastest growing faith tradition and is expected to nearly equal Christianity in 40 years, a study says. Meanwhile, the percentage of religiously unaffiliated will decrease.

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Sounding the Alarm: How to Beat Back ISIS – Part 2
Sounding the Alarm: How to Beat Back ISIS – Part 2
By: Martin Accad
We will not defeat ISIS or any other militant jihadist group with temporary military solutions to the problem of religious radicalization. We need a massive global movement to dry up ISIS' recruitment pools.
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Sounding the Alarm: How to Beat Back ISIS – Part 1
Sounding the Alarm: How to Beat Back ISIS – Part 1
By: Martin Accad
ISIS members are Muslim because they believe they are, but Muslims who don't abide by ISIS' perverse interpretation of Islam don't bear responsibility for ISIS' actions.
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Reforming Islam: Dusting Off the Diamond
Reforming Islam: Dusting Off the Diamond

By: Martin Accad
Islam is like a diamond that has collected dust and needs to be cleaned up, said a spokesman for the American Muslim community. In what ways can Christians help? Or will we throw stones?

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We Can't Pretend This Violence Isn't Linked to Religion
We Can't Pretend This Violence Isn't Linked to Religion
By: Jon Kuhrt
History shows us that religion often leads to violence, no matter how much we might want to deny it. And however twisted and warped, it is theology that has helped form the worldview of these killers. 
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Fear-Based Politics, Religion Run Counter to Gospel
Fear-Based Politics, Religion Run Counter to Gospel
By: Colin Harris
Exploiting fears has been a successful tool to manipulate people in politics and religion. While the religious crowd has put conjured fears to good use, hope – not fear – is the basis of Jesus' message.
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Midterm Morality with Minimum Wage, Marijuana and Muslims
Midterm Morality with Minimum Wage, Marijuana and Muslims
By: Brian Kaylor
Voters across the country sounded off on key ballot initiatives with moral implications, while Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate for the first time in eight years.
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Standing Up to Hate Against Our Muslim Neighbors
Standing Up to Hate Against Our Muslim Neighbors
By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
We live in a Christian society and don't face the level of persecution that Paul faced. But we can stand up to hate against our Muslim neighbors, just like these Oklahoma University students did.
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Skype Interview: Sayyid Syeed on ISIS
Skype Interview: Sayyid Syeed on ISIS

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A new Islamic document aims to keep Muslim youths from falling victim to misunderstandings of Islam perpetuated by ISIS. Sayyid Syeed has the details in a new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.

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Hard Times for Middle East Churches Only Half the Story
Hard Times for Middle East Churches Only Half the Story
By: Chris Hall
Churches in the Middle East and North Africa may be facing hard times as they struggle with the rise of armed fundamentalist militias, government crackdowns and civil war, but that's only half the story.
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Skype Interview: Martin Accad on The Middle East Consultation
Skype Interview: Martin Accad on The Middle East Consultation
By: EthicsDaily Staff
The Middle East Consultation equips participants to respond to the challenges facing Christians and Muslims in the Middle East, says Martin Accad in a new EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.
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Investment Strategy
Jesus prepared his disciples for this grand opportunity and strategic task. This was his investment strategy. He gave them the deep roots and strong wings they would need for their own public ministries after he was gone. It was now time for them to go back into a sinful world to offer hope to those seeking a better life and into a broken world to offer healing to those who were wounded.
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Patterson Apologizes, Defends Admitting Muslim Student
Patterson Apologizes, Defends Admitting Muslim Student
By: Brian Kaylor
The president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary apologized to the Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday for admitting a Muslim doctoral student into the seminary.
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Muslim Student at Baptist Seminary Likely to Spark SBC Drama
Muslim Student at Baptist Seminary Likely to Spark SBC Drama
By: Brian Kaylor
The admission of a Muslim student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will likely impact the agenda of the Southern Baptist Convention meeting this week.
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Bridge Over Troubled Water
Jesus wanted the disciples to know neither his enemies nor death would have the final word in his life. God would, and that word would be a good one. That tomb would not hold him because God would raise him from the dead, just as God will give abundant and eternal life to all who are faithful in the pursuit of justice and peace as Jesus was. Furthermore, Jesus wanted the disciples to know sin would not have the final word in their relationship. Grace and mercy would, because Jesus loved them unconditionally.
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Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls – Part 2
Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls – Part 2
By: Arthur Brown
Boko Haram, the militant Islamic group responsible for kidnapping 200 Nigerian girls, does not represent the Quran's teaching on education or marriage, three Muslim leaders said.
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Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls
Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls
By: Arthur Brown
It's a Western myth that Muslims do not speak out against the violent actions of extremist adherents of their faith. Here are three Muslim leaders who condemn the abduction of 200 Nigerian girls.
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Affirmation Statement on Admission of Muslim Ph.D. Student to SBC Seminary
Affirmation Statement on Admission of Muslim Ph.D. Student to SBC Seminary

By: Robert Parham
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's president took the right course of action in admitting a Muslim student to the Ph.D. program.

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Islamic, Baptist Leaders Discussed Boko Haram Crisis Before Schoolgirl Abduction
Islamic, Baptist Leaders Discussed Boko Haram Crisis Before Schoolgirl Abduction
By: Robert Parham
Before Boko Haram abducted 300 Nigerian girls, Baptist and Islamic colleagues met to explore a joint response to the Islamic terrorist group.
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From Fear to Faith
Why did Jesus appear to the disciples the same day God raised him from the dead? He loved them too much to let them wander hopelessly through the cemetery of broken dreams. He was as anxious to turn their grief to joy as he had done for Mary earlier that day.[ ]Jesus also wanted his followers to know he cared for them even though they had abandoned him the night he was arrested and the next day when he was crucified. The resurrected Jesus was still their Good Shepherd, something they needed to know before they tried to sleep another night.
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What Jesus Said...About Fear
So let’s consider this... During these past six weeks, as we’ve made the Lenten journey with Jesus, we have heard what he said about temptation and thirst and birth and sight and the resurrection and the life and servanthood and betrayal and the kingdom. Today, we hear what he said about fear. And what did he say? Are you ready for this? He said, “Do not be afraid; go and tell...”
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One Truth at a Time: The One and Only
You don’t know this man, the one who gave you your name, the one who called you to come and follow? You don’t know the one you heard preach and teach, the one you saw help and heal? You don’t know the one who stilled the storm, or walked on the water, or fed the multitude? You don’t know the one you called the Messiah, the Son of the Living God? You don’t know the one who was transfigured on the mountain, whose face you saw shining like the sun? You don’t remember how the voice of God thundered from the cloud and said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” You don’t remember how he touched you, and helped you to your feet, and told you not to be afraid? That’s funny. But fear is a funny thing. It can do this to you. It can drive all knowledge of Jesus straight out of your head.
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"Is the God of Mohammed the God of Christianity?"
By: Richard Wilson
When we focus on a doctrine of exclusion, Christians and Muslims miss the important opportunities to focus on common issues, such as attention to the poor and the quest for spiritual maturity.
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Building Interfaith Relationships - A Theology of Life
Building Interfaith Relationships - A Theology of Life

By: Martin Accad
The Syrian conflict has provoked a growing fear of Islam and Muslims among Christians in Syria, the region and, to some extent, throughout the world. Interfaith relationships can turn that around.

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Pakistani Muslims Who Work for Peace – Part 2
Pakistani Muslims Who Work for Peace – Part 2
By: Rick Love
Meet Azi, who works with madrassas in Pakistan to change the way young Muslim clerics are trained. Under his leadership, more than 2,700 leaders have been trained.
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Pakistani Muslims Who Work for Peace – Part 1
Pakistani Muslims Who Work for Peace – Part 1
By: Rick Love
Meet Mossarat, a Muslim woman in Pakistan who leads Mothers for Change. Her group works with mothers whose sons are being lured into terrorist groups and helps rescue them.
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How Well Do You Handle Change
Jesus seemed to be comfortable with change. He certainly wasn’t bashful about challenging others to make changes in their lives to follow him. Everywhere he went he invited people to examine their lives and make changes. I wonder what he knew and saw they didn’t. I wonder what he sees in you and me that we don’t.
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Skype Interview: Rick Love and Christian-Muslim Relationships
Skype Interview: Rick Love and Christian-Muslim Relationships
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Christians don't appreciate the diversity that exists among the world's 1.5 billion Muslims, says the author of a book on Christian-Muslim relationships in a Skype interview with EthicsDaily.com.
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9 Principles for Christians to Engage with Muslims
9 Principles for Christians to Engage with Muslims
By: Jennifer Bryson
While Christians and Muslims have deep disagreements over faith issues, they can still relate to each other in a way that is "respectful, gracious and bridge-building," an author says.
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How Should Christians Form Relationships with Muslims?
How Should Christians Form Relationships with Muslims?

By: Jennifer Bryson
In his book, "Grace and Truth," Rick Love provides Christians an alternative to "interfaith dialogue" with a particular focus on Christian-Muslim encounters.

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Love Never Fails
Being a person of faith will take you down roads you never thought you would travel. Don’t wait to begin that journey until all your questions have been answered, or you know where the road will end. Take the first step and rely upon God to go with you and guide you. This was what Joseph did. He responded to God’s call upon his life with more questions in his heart than answers, but he discovered that God took every step with him and provided what he needed all along the way.
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Lessons Learned from Singing about Peace Amid Hostility
Lessons Learned from Singing about Peace Amid Hostility
In our world torn by war and dysfunction and stress, peace seems to be an elusive prize. Jesus offers a peace to us that can't be shaken by storms or enemies or crisis or even death.
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When Extremist Voices Claim the Narrative
When Extremist Voices Claim the Narrative
Most of us know that extremist voices of one faith don't speak for everyone of that faith. Yet, in times of stress, voices of extreme passion often capture the greater attention.
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Ark. School Misses Chance to Teach Understanding
Ark. School Misses Chance to Teach Understanding
Kowtowing to parental outrage, an Arkansas school district withdrew an invitation to a Muslim man to speak at a student assembly. They missed the chance to teach understanding.
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From a Nobody to a Somebody
Sounds to me like Jeremiah had an “I’m a nothing or a nobody” complex, which meant God had his work cut out for him. Persuading Jeremiah to accept the challenging role of a prophet was not going to be an easy task, but God prevailed. By God’s grace, Jeremiah persevered in spite of these pesky feelings of inferiority and low self-esteem. What challenge have you just about talked yourself out of today? What opportunity to serve God has come your way which has struck fear in your heart and sent you scrambling for excuses?
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Final Reminders
Well, it seems to me that at the end of this letter, the writer of Hebrews is also rattling off final reminders, exhortations that reminded those early Christians of what it meant to live a life of faith. Keeping the faith is not just about an individual believing in the right things. Keeping the faith is mostly about trusting God enough to behave in such a way that it gives witness to the person of Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. In order for that to happen fully, it takes a community, a group of people living life together.
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British Christian Leaders Send Greetings to Muslims
British Christian Leaders Send Greetings to Muslims
Representatives of the United Kingdom's Christian denominations, including the Baptist Union of Great Britain, have sent a message of greetings and peace to their Muslim neighbors.
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What the Big Bad Wolf Can Teach Your Church
What the Big Bad Wolf Can Teach Your Church
Remember "The Three Little Pigs?" Many churches are like the first two pigs, cowering in their homes afraid of the wolf. The third pig learned from the wolf and was able to survive and thrive.
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Do U.S. Christians Not Know Limits of Just War Tradition?
Do U.S. Christians Not Know Limits of Just War Tradition?
In place of a rigorous engagement with the best of the Christian tradition on the limits of war, we fall prey to a love-it-or-leave-it nationalism and an unthinking flag-waving patriotism.
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Speakers Urge Baptists to Engage with Muslims
Speakers Urge Baptists to Engage with Muslims
During the Baptist World Alliance gathering in Jamaica, several speakers urged Baptists to understand and engage Muslims to advance the common good in the Middle East.
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Hatred, Bigotry Still Thrive Against Muslims
Hatred, Bigotry Still Thrive Against Muslims

A Tennessee audience jeered when a Muslim requested an extension to build a mosque that had burned. Sadly, such hatred and inhospitable behavior are not shocking.

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BWA to Focus on Baptist-Muslim Relationships Again in 2013
BWA to Focus on Baptist-Muslim Relationships Again in 2013
When global Baptist leaders gather this week in Jamaica for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance, Baptist and Muslim relationships will again top the agenda.
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5 Reasons Why I Am Convinced Allah is God
5 Reasons Why I Am Convinced Allah is God
By: Jesse Wheeler
Although vital differences exist, Islam clearly recognizes a common affinity with both Judaism and Christianity and deliberately worships the God of both Christians and Jews.
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The Only Thing We Have to Fear...
What do you think Jesus wants you to know as you gather around this table? What did he want the disciples to know the evening they gathered in the Upper Room? Above all, I believe he wanted them to know they were not alone and never would be.
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Baptists, Muslims Seek Common Ground, Peace
Baptists, Muslims Seek Common Ground, Peace
By: Molly Marshall
A growing suspicion of Muslims has become part of our national discourse,
but a gathering of Muslim and Baptist leaders met to seek common
ground and mutual peace. 
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Middle East Conference to Address Human Rights
Middle East Conference to Address Human Rights
This June's Middle East Conference in Lebanon will tackle religious freedom, freedom of speech and human trafficking. The lineup includes Christian and Muslim speakers.
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How Does Your Church React to Issues? Fear or Love
How Does Your Church React to Issues? Fear or Love
Too many churches respond to the big ethical questions of today out of fear. Once fear is removed, we won't be OK with the pat answers that are way too easy.
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Why So Many Christians Break the 9th Commandment
Why So Many Christians Break the 9th Commandment
As Christians, we often hate it when people put us all in the same camp and assume we all think the same thing. Yet that's what we do far too often when we speak of Islam.
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Why Interfaith Debates are Doomed to Fail
Why Interfaith Debates are Doomed to Fail
If we truly want to strengthen interfaith relationships, especially between Christians and Muslims, we must be willing to listen and understand. Too often, we bully and belittle.
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Ever Been Homesick?
“I have called you by name, and you are mine.” Isn’t this what faith really is? I think so. It is the assurance that I am not alone and never will be. I have not been forgotten or abandoned. I am not on my own.
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Poll: Americans' Religious Identity Still Mostly Christian
Poll: Americans' Religious Identity Still Mostly Christian
The United States remains a Christian nation, with more than nine out of 10 people confirming that they're affiliated with a Christian religion, says a new Gallup poll.
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New Year's Outlook Will Depend on Our Focus
New Year's Outlook Will Depend on Our Focus
What will the new year hold for us? It will depend on whether we choose to live in fear or work toward relationships of trust and a commitment to each other's well-being.
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God With Us: Anticipation
The story of Zechariah and Elizabeth encourages us to bring our fears to the feet of the One who is born into our midst this season, and leave them there. It is then that we will be rescued from the hands of our enemies and will be free to serve the Lord.
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The End of the World As We Know It
How would you live your life if you knew that you had less than three weeks to live? What would you do differently? That’s a question worth considering whether or not the rumor is true.
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Will Obama's '09 Cairo Speech Bear Fruit in 2nd Term?
Will Obama's '09 Cairo Speech Bear Fruit in 2nd Term?
In a 2009 speech in Cairo, President Obama addressed seven thorny issues of U.S. relations with the Muslim world. Will those issues see progress in his second term?
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Muslim Writer Calls Out
Muslim Writer Calls Out "Irresponsible" Mosque Sermons
Advancing the common good between Christians and Muslims requires that each recognize efforts by the other to readdress the extremes in their own traditions. Here's one example.
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Distorted News Makes Peace Harder to Achieve
Distorted News Makes Peace Harder to Achieve
If the world is to be at peace, Christianity and Islam will need to live together peacefully. But peace is hard to achieve when some evangelical groups distort the truth.
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The Heart of the Gospel
When you open your life to others and share your time, talents and resources, more people than you can count will open their hearts, homes and lives to you.
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Taliban Shooting Doesn't Reflect Spirit of Islam
Taliban Shooting Doesn't Reflect Spirit of Islam
The shooting of a teenage girl by Taliban militants has no connection whatsoever with Islamic doctrine and practice. By contrast, many Muslims live at peace with Christians.
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Muslims More Diverse Than Cable TV Images
Muslims More Diverse Than Cable TV Images
The Muslim world has vast diversity and isn't limited to the images seen on cable TV news, says an American who lived in Egypt for the past two years.
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When You Must Choose Between Competing Rights
When You Must Choose Between Competing Rights
Broadcasting anti-Islamic propaganda goes beyond a free-speech right. However, the most difficult decisions we make are not about right and wrong, but choosing between competing rights.
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How Christians Can Respond to Muslim Film Controversy
How Christians Can Respond to Muslim Film Controversy
An amateurish film that offended many Muslims triggered violent reactions around the globe, revealing the deep gap between the Muslim and secular worlds. How do Christians help bridge the gap?
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When Good People Happen to Bad Things
When Good People Happen to Bad Things
When good people allow themselves to be drawn into narratives that feature and depend on "bad things," those things gain a credibility that increases their toxicity in a society.
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Churches Must Supply Oxygen for Truthful Narrative about Muslims
Churches Must Supply Oxygen for Truthful Narrative about Muslims
The dominant narrative is that Muslims are filled with rage and hate the U.S. As Islamic leaders speak out against extremist violence, will Christians have the courage to stand with them?
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Christian-Muslim Dialogue: Promote Understanding, Not Fear
Christian-Muslim Dialogue: Promote Understanding, Not Fear
Our theological vocabularies and beliefs may differ on many issues, but Christians can engage Muslims in and uplifting discourse. We should never demonize, ridicule or insult.
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During Iftar Meal, Abrahamic Faiths Discuss Fasting
During Iftar Meal, Abrahamic Faiths Discuss Fasting
During Ramadan, devout Muslims break their daily fasts at sunset with an "iftar" meal. Now, many Muslims in the U.S. are inviting non-Muslim friends to share that meal.
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European Baptists Hold Meeting on Mideast Christians
European Baptists Hold Meeting on Mideast Christians
How do Christians in the Middle East relate to Muslims? It's crucial to establish loving relationships without marginalizing problems created by a radical Islamic authority, European Baptists said.
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Nigerian Crisis Captures Concern at BWA Meeting, Calls for Constructive Engagement
Nigerian Crisis Captures Concern at BWA Meeting, Calls for Constructive Engagement
As fighting continues between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria, the Baptist World Alliance passed a resolution urging constructive engagement. But what can you do? Read on.
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Water Proof Faith
What is the relationship between fear and faith? How does faith help us get through a crisis?
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Building Interfaith Dialogue Through Relationships
Building Interfaith Dialogue Through Relationships
Interfaith dialogue typically involves an organized program in which both sides share their views before an audience. Instead of a stuffy meeting, what if we held a picnic?
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Why Do We Fear Others Who Are Not Like Us?
Why Do We Fear Others Who Are Not Like Us?
When people are whipped up into a frenzy to fear those who are different, it widens the chasm that makes it more difficult – if not impossible – to build bridges toward community.
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End-Time Doomsayers Make Islam Their New Anti-Christ
End-Time Doomsayers Make Islam Their New Anti-Christ
Some religious groups have a propensity for identifying their opponents with ultimate evil. And now, with the help of end-time doomsayers, Islam is the new agent of Armageddon.
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Fear – The Cheapest Room to Live in the House
Fear – The Cheapest Room to Live in the House
When we live in fear, we are always staring out the grimy window, trying to see the future before it arrives, and attempting to control the uncertainty of tomorrow by worrying about it.
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Gut Fear and Boundless Joy
Can you identify with the disciples in that Upper Room? Is this a confusing time in your life? Like the disciples, have you been caught off guard by recent events, which have left you perplexed and fearful?
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FBI, Muslims Report Progress over Training Materials
(RNS) FBI officials say they are willing to consider a proposal to establish a committee of experts to review materials used in FBI anti-terrorism training.
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Newsweek Feeds Fear
Newsweek Feeds Fear
Continuing its trend away from civil discourse, Newsweek's recent cover story focused on the fear-based narrative that Christians are the victims of a global war against them by Muslims.
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Book Shatters Stereotypes on Muslim Women, Sex and Love
(RNS) If you think good Muslim women wait for marriage to have sex, think again.
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Church Seeks Line Between Interfaith and Intolerance
DES PERES, Mo. (RNS) More than 100 Lutherans streamed into the basement classroom for a Bible study called "Islam Through a Lutheran Lens."
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Report Calls Muslim Terrorism a ‘Minuscule Threat’
(RNS) The threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism is "tiny" and often exaggerated by government officials, a leading anti-terrorism expert said in a new report.
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N.C. Muslims Rally Around Suspects in Beheading Plot
WILMINGTON, N.C. (RNS) As a Muslim woman waits in jail, her friends and family are using social media to rally support for her cause.
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Muslims Petition Attorney General for NYPD Probe
(RNS) Muslim and legal advocacy groups are urging Schneiderman to investigate the New York City Police Department after the second scandal in as many weeks.
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Middle East Christians Keep Wary Eye on Arab Spring
CAIRO (RNS) From her home, Samia Ramsis holds a key chain bearing the face of the Virgin Mary.
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Study Says U.S. Muslims Don’t Want Shariah Either
(RNS) North American Muslims are more than satisfied with the secular legal system and do not want a set of parallel courts for Islamic law.
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Muslims Call for NYPD Chief to Resign over Video
(RNS) Muslim American groups are calling for the resignation of New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
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Muslim Men Convicted of Advocating Death for Gays
LONDON (RNS) In the first case of its kind, a British court has convicted three Muslim men of openly advocating the execution of gays.
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When They Want War, Christians Often Ignore Jesus
When They Want War, Christians Often Ignore Jesus
Christians eager to condemn Islam as a religion that spreads itself through warfare should be reminded that Christians often have ignored Jesus' teaching in order to justify war.
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At 27, New Imam Represents a Homegrown American Islam
ST. LOUIS (RNS) At just 27 years old, Asif Umar is the new imam of Daar-ul-Islam mosque, the largest mosque in the metro area.
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Muslims Say Ron Paul is Their Kind of Republican
(RNS) Growing up in rural parts of the American West, Nadja Adolf’s libertarian streak developed early on.
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Appeals Court Rules Oklahoma Shariah Ban Unconstitutional
(RNS) Oklahoma’s referendum against state judges considering Islamic law is unconstitutional, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.
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In Academia, Islam Remains a Risky Third Rail
(RNS) A recent spate of campus controversies involving professors who made provocative statements about Muslims shows how easy it is for academics to get into trouble.
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Nigerian Christians, Muslims Exchange Sharp Words after Christmas Day Bombing
Nigerian Christians, Muslims Exchange Sharp Words after Christmas Day Bombing
As a new of religious violence moved across Nigeria, some Muslims and Christians in Africa's most populous nation have exchanged sharp rhetoric while others called for peace.
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Muslims Caught in Reality Show Crossfire Struggle to Understand Controversy
DEARBORN, Mich. (RNS) When Fordson High School football coach Fouad Zaban was asked to be on a reality show about Muslim family life, his impulse was to decline.
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Muslim Push Lowe’s Boycott over Reality Series
LOS ANGELES (RNS) The controversy between Muslim Americans and the Lowe’s home improvement chain will spill into 2012 with a planned boycott of Lowe’s.
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Muslim Reality Show, Under Fire, Denies Charges of Extremism
(RNS) The cast and producers of “All-American Muslim,” said they are helping change negative perceptions of Muslims.
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Companies Pull Ads from Muslim Reality TV Show
(RNS) Lowe’s has pulled commercials from future episodes of “All-American Muslim,” a TLC reality-TV show, after protests by Christian groups.
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Anti-Islamic Rhetoric Paints False Picture of Islam
Anti-Islamic Rhetoric Paints False Picture of Islam
A Tennessee politician, Rick Womick, said he doesn't trust Muslims and wants them purged from the military. His divisive remarks betray our nation's ideals.
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Court Date Nears for American Muslim Wannabomber
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) A year ago, a tall, skinny teen named Mohamed Mohamud stepped out of an SUV just north of Portland’s Union Station.
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British Minister Urges Baptists to Support Muslim Family
British Minister Urges Baptists to Support Muslim Family
A British minister is urging other Baptists to support a Muslim family who face eviction because prosecutors are trying to seize their home after they convicted an occupant of anti-terrorism laws.
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Tunisia a Test for Moderate Islam
TUNIS, Tunisia (RNS) The face of political Islam in this fledgling Muslim democracy is a 47-year-old mother of two who favors tailored suits and stiletto heels.
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Workplace Religious Complaints Double in Last Decade
CLEVELAND (RNS) Northeast Ohio native Suhad Hasan says neither her Muslim faith nor her headscarf should be an issue where she works.
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3 Steps the 99 Percent Need To Do – But Won't
3 Steps the 99 Percent Need To Do – But Won't
A chance airport conversation led to one foreign observer's view on what three steps the 99 percent should take if they want to make a difference, but they would rather chant than change.
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Photographer Captures Muslims’ Self-portraits
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) Artist Todd Drake has aimed his camera lens at truck drivers, Alzheimer’s patients and employees of an exotic nightclub.
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Benetton Pulls Pope-kissing Ad
VATICAN CITY (RNS) International clothing retailer Benetton pulled a provocative ad featuring Pope Benedict XVI kissing a Muslim cleric.
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Gay, Muslim Groups Relieved by Changes to Bullying Bill
(RNS) A Michigan lawmaker agreed to drop a provision in an anti-bullying bill that would have carved out an exemption for religious or moral beliefs.
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British Prosecutors Try to Seize Muslim Family's Home
British Prosecutors Try to Seize Muslim Family's Home
A British pastor is leading a petition drive to prevent prosecutors from seizing a Muslim family's home because the husband was convicted under anti-terrorism laws.
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Never an Orphan
We can’t quit doing life for fear of what might be around the next corner. We can’t cancel the journey. We can’t even pause at the rest stop for very long. We must plunge forward. We must not withdraw and hide.
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Saudi-Iran Tensions Overshadow Hajj Pilgrimage
(RNS) Reports last month that Iran plotted to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. have enflamed animosity between the two Muslim powers.
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Lawyer Charges Catholic University with Civil Rights Violations
WASHINGTON (RNS) A famously litigious lawyer has filed charges against CUA for not providing Muslim students with prayer rooms.
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Muslims Call for Reforms 10 Years after Patriot Act
(RNS) A Muslim civil rights group is accusing the FBI and other federal agencies of “bad policing” and flaunting the Constitution in a 56-page report.
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Muslims Combat Radicalization with Online Tools
WASHINGTON (RNS) A Muslim organization is working to counter radicalization by providing the work of progressive Islam scholars online.
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Muslim Mortgages in Limbo After Bank Collapse
TORONTO (RNS) The collapse of a lender that offered Shariah-compliant mortgages has left Muslim homeowners in the Toronto area with many questions.
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Chief Rabbis Show Support for Burned Israeli Mosque
JERUSALEM (RNS) Israel’s chief rabbis are among the Jews in Israel and abroad who have strongly condemned an arson attack on a mosque in northern Israel.
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Dead Cleric's Videos May Find Eternal Life Online
(RNS) Radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki may be dead, but the power of the Internet means he won’t soon be forgotten.
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U.S. Christians Rally Around Iranian Pastor
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates rallied around an Iranian pastor who is facing execution because he has refused to recant his Christian faith.
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Jewish Holy Days Emphasize Forgiveness, Peace
Jewish Holy Days Emphasize Forgiveness, Peace
As Jews enter into their fall holy days, three parts of the season carry particular spiritual significance. It is a time to seek forgiveness from neighbors, to realign with creation and to make peace with God.
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Abrahamic Faiths Share Common Hope for Peace
Abrahamic Faiths Share Common Hope for Peace
History reveals sufficient evidence to condemn all three Abrahamic faiths for resorting to violence. Despite these shortcomings, all three share a common hope for peace.
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Seeing Justice through God's Eyes
Ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Osama bin Laden is dead. The Taliban regime that hosted him in Afghanistan has been overthrown by a military coalition led by the United States. But justice still seems far from us. Ten years later, are we not walking in gloom?
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Central Seminary Hosts Noted Theologian Miroslav Volf
Central Seminary Hosts Noted Theologian Miroslav Volf
Theologian Miroslav Volf said at least two negative outcomes have grown out of the 9/11 attacks – increased prejudice toward Islam and the current sense of American exceptionalism. Are there positive results?
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Muslim Groups File Petition Against Islamic law
(RNS) A coalition of Muslim groups say they don’t want to live under Shariah law in Michigan or anywhere else.
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The Hidden Truth about Howard the Naval Chaplain
The Hidden Truth about Howard the Naval Chaplain
Howard, a former Navy chaplain, served multiple tours of duty in the days following 9/11 while his family faced mounting stress. He was a hero often in harm's way – and there's something else we're not telling you.
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Okla. Anti-Shariah Amendment Heads to Appeals Court
(RNS) An amendment to Oklahoma’s constitution that bans state judges from considering Islamic law will face its next legal hurdle.
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Justice Dept. settles in mosque construction dispute
WASHINGTON (RNS) The DOJ announced a settlement with Henrico County, Va., over the county’s alleged violation of a federal anti-discrimination law.
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Ten Years after 9/11, A Reason for Optimism
Ten Years after 9/11, A Reason for Optimism
People of all faiths should encourage others in their own circles from making disparaging statements against their fellow Americans, whether they're Christians, Jews, Muslims or adherents of another faith.
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Poll: Americans Are Tolerant of Other Faiths—Except Islam
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans consider religious freedom a cornerstone of society, but fall short in their tolerance of Muslims.
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Muslim Lawmakers Appeal for Israeli Soldier’s Release
WASHINGTON (RNS) Two Muslim congressmen and other prominent Muslims have urged Hamas to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
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Survey: Muslim Americans Have Moderate Views
(RNS) Almost half the nation’s estimated 2.8 million Muslims fault their leaders for not speaking out against Islamic extremists.
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Report Details Roots, Funding of Islamophobia machine
(RNS) A small number of conservative foundations are propelling a handful of anti-Islamic activists who are fueling rising levels of Islamophobia.
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9/11 Gives Birth to New Generation of Assertive Muslims
(RNS) Under a cloud of suspicion and distrust after the 9/11 attacks, there were stories of mosque leaders telling their flocks to lie low.
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After 9/11, Curiosity over Islam Leads to Conversion
BOSTON (RNS) Johannah Segarich asked herself: “What kind of religion is this that could inspire people to do this?”
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9/11 Marked Crucial Turn in Vatican-Muslim Relations
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A few weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pope John Paul II invited Muslim leaders to an interfaith prayer summit in Assisi, Italy.
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Got Questions About Islam? Hotline Has Answers
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Like many American Muslims, Asim Khan is tired of the prejudice against his religion.
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The Paradox of Muslim and Mormon Life in the U.S.
The Paradox of Muslim and Mormon Life in the U.S.
Many Americans regard Muslims and Mormons as the two religious groups they feel "coolest" toward. Despite attacks on their religions, both groups remain hopeful about and loyal to the United States.
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Quran-burning Pastor Plans 9/11 Visit to Ground Zero
(RNS) Controversial Florida pastor Terry Jones will visit Ground Zero on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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Poll: American Muslims Hopeful About Life in the U.S.
(RNS) Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, an extensive new survey of Muslims finds them as optimistic as other Americans.
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Egypt after Mubarak: Islamic State or Secular Nation?
Egypt after Mubarak: Islamic State or Secular Nation?
Countless Muslims gathered in Egypt on Friday, calling for an Islamic Egypt a few months after the departure of Hosni Mubarak. The gathering was a cause for concern for the nation's Christians and moderate Muslims.
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Will We Respond to Fear or Our Better Selves?
Will We Respond to Fear or Our Better Selves?
A few decades ago, prophetic voices called us to abandon our prejudices and change our society. Today, as we mask our prejudices with legalities, will we heed the voices calling us to our better selves?
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HBO Film Follows Muslim Children Competing to Memorize the Quran
(RNS) The movie follows three Muslim children as they compete in a tournament that requires young contestants to recite portions of the Quran.
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Christians Divided on Belgium’s Burqa Ban
(RNS/ENInews) Belgian Christians expressed mixed reactions to the country’s new “burqa ban,” as Belgium joined France in criminalizing the Islamic veil.
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U.S. Conservatives on the Defensive after Oslo Killings
(RNS) For years, many religious and political conservatives in the U.S. have sought to connect Islam to violence carried out by Muslims.
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Poll: Anti-Muslim Sentiment Grew after Bin Laden Death
(RNS) Many Muslim Americans had hoped that the death of Osama bin Laden would improve their image among other Americans.
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Imams Trained to Adapt Islamic Finance to U.S. Economy
(RNS) Abdullah Nana, an imam at the Islamic Center of Mill Valley, Calif., has a distinct advantage over many of his fellow imams in the United States.
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Court Says Store Discriminated Against Muslim
(RNS) Abercrombie & Fitch violated civil rights law when the clothier refused to hire a Muslim woman because she wears a headscarf.
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Toronto School Defends Muslim Prayers in Cafeteria
TORONTO (RNS) A majority-Muslim public school in Toronto is defending its policy of allowing an imam to lead Friday prayers in the cafeteria.
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City Attorney Questions Proposed Circumcision Ban
(RNS) The city’s top lawyer has concluded it is unconstitutional to ban the practice as a religious ritual, but allow it as a medical procedure.
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Never Underestimate the Power of Story
Never Underestimate the Power of Story
The power of story captivates us. While the narrative approach of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures draws us in, the Quran's nonlinear approach may be the source of Islam's recent struggles.
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Unanswered Prayers
What do you do when your prayers are unanswered?
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Jewish Concerns Remain as Delta, Saudis Deny Discrimination
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Saudi Arabian embassy denied as “completely false” reports that U.S. Jews would not be able to travel to Saudi Arabia.
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Report Says Islamophobia on the Rise
(RNS) A new report asserts that anti-Muslim prejudice has worsened in recent years, but argues the trend could be reversed with greater community outreach.
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U.S. Jews Not Able to Fly on Delta Flights to Saudi Arabia
JERUSALEM (RNS) Jews and Israelis will not be able to fly code-share flights from the U.S. to Saudi Arabia under Delta Air Line’s new partnership.
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Van Impe Leaves TBN over Chrislam Remarks
(RNS) Jack Van Impe has ended his decades-long run on TBN after a dispute over naming ministers that he accuses of mixing Christian and Muslim beliefs.
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Counter Protesters to Westboro Baptist Show Intolerance toward Intolerant
Counter Protesters to Westboro Baptist Show Intolerance toward Intolerant
Members of Westboro Baptist Church held protests in Nashville. But some counter protesters objecting to Westboro's intolerance displayed a profane and angry intolerance toward the intolerant.
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Common Ground That Christians and Muslims Share
Common Ground That Christians and Muslims Share
If we affirm that Christians and Jews worship the same God, but each faith understands God differently, then can we say that Muslims also worship the same God, though they understand that God differently?
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Common Ground That Christians and Muslims Share
Common Ground That Christians and Muslims Share
If we affirm that Christians and Jews worship the same God, but each faith understands God differently, then can we say that Muslims also worship the same God, though they understand that God differently?
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Evangelicals Wade into Circumcision Debate
(RNS) The National Association of Evangelicals is siding with Jews and Muslims in opposition of a proposed ban on infant male circumcision in San Francisco.
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Muslim Cabbie Fights Ticket over Religious Cap
ST. LOUIS (RNS) Langrial was chatting with another cabbie when an enforcement agent stopped to tell him his hat did not conform to the driver dress code.
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A Journey From Fear to Faith to Joy
Joy always accompanies a clear sense of identity, purpose and direction. Do you have this kind of joy? You can if you will let Christ open your eyes so you can see the difference you can make in this world.
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Southern Baptist Pastor, Fox Host Get Facts Wrong
Southern Baptist Pastor, Fox Host Get Facts Wrong
A Southern Baptist megachurch pastor in Dallas appeared on a Fox News program after Easter and used falsehoods and innuendo to challenge the president's faith.
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Muslims Wait for Signs of Change from Obama
(RNS) President Obama was talking to the Muslim world in his State Department speech, but U.S. Muslims were equally interested.
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Churches Asked to Share Pulpits with Muslims
(RNS) Religious and human rights activists are asking U.S. churches to invite Jewish and Muslim clergy to their sanctuaries.
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End-Of-World 'Prophets' Profit From Peoples' Fears
End-Of-World 'Prophets' Profit From Peoples' Fears
A radio evangelist predicted the world will end on Saturday. While end-time marketers have been making money by feeding off people’s fears for a long time, there’s another perspective.
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Muslims Battle to Be Official Voice of U.S. Islam
(RNS) As president of the Phoenix-based American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Zuhdi Jasser is no fan of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
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BBC Says Muslims Selling Tainted Holy Water from Mecca
LONDON (RNS) A BBC investigation is claiming that holy drinking water from Mecca is contaminated with arsenic.
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Seek Interfaith Engagement Following bin Laden's Death
Seek Interfaith Engagement Following bin Laden's Death
Most Arabs and Muslims rejected Osama bin Laden's violent extremism. Will we transcend the temptations of triumphalism and redouble efforts at education, dialogue and cooperation across religious lines?
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Anti-Shariah Bills Based on Fabricated Facts, False Fears
Anti-Shariah Bills Based on Fabricated Facts, False Fears
How do you learn the three-step tango to introducing anti-Shariah bills? Fabricate facts. Testify to threats. Take a stand against problems that don't exist. Lawmakers in as many as 13 states have performed the dance.
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Why Many Still Oppose Tennessee's
Why Many Still Oppose Tennessee's "Anti-Islam" Bill
A Tennessee bill, authored by a white supremacist from Arizona, has been rewritten so it's no longer an anti-Muslim bill, according to a state legislator. But that's little comfort to Muslims.
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Judaism's Mission: To Be a Blessing to All
Judaism's Mission: To Be a Blessing to All
Why does Judaism matter? As one rabbi explains, it's a journey that leaves behind nationalism, tribalism and family baggage and becomes a vehicle through which all of the earth's families are blessed.
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French Ban on Full-face Veils Takes Effect
PARIS (RNS) Police arrested several and protests continued to spread as France’s controversial ban against the full-face veil came into force.
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Obama, Karzai Blast Florida Quran Burning
WASHINGTON (RNS) Presidents Obama and Karzai blasted the recent burning of a Quran at a Florida church and the deadly riots that followed.
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What CNN's Special on Muslims Didn't Tell You
What CNN's Special on Muslims Didn't Tell You
A recent CNN special recounts the negative response on the part of some citizens to the building of a new Islamic center in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The report didn't tell the whole story. Here's what CNN missed.
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Deadly Afghan Riots Blamed on Quran Burning at Fla. Church
(RNS) The Florida pastor who presided over the recent burning of a Quran said the United Nations must protect Afghans from deadly riots.
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The Hypocrisy of Obama's Rationale to Attack Libya
The Hypocrisy of Obama's Rationale to Attack Libya
President Obama defended military action against Libya by saying it would have been a "betrayal of who we are" to do nothing. However, the truth is we often turn a blind eye to the oppressed around the globe.
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Water Cooler Conversations
Do we realize the gifts of respect, time and compassion transform people’s lives and all of us have these gifts to offer? Do we also understand that reaching out to others in Christ’s name feeds our spirits and allows “living waters” to flow through our lives?
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In Senate Muslim Hearings, a Decided Change in Tone
WASHINGTON (RNS) It was billed as the first-ever congressional hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims. But it played more like an Act II than a premiere.
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Tennessee Amends Anti-Shariah Bill
(RNS) Tennessee lawmakers are rewriting a bill that described Islamic law as a threat to U.S. security and seemed to equate peaceful Muslim practices with terrorism.
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U.S. Embassy Condemns Quran Burning at Fla. Church
(RNS) The U.S. ambassador to Pakistan called the burning of a Quran at a small Florida church “abhorrent.”
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Pastor Breaks Promise, Burns Quran at Mock Trial
Pastor Breaks Promise, Burns Quran at Mock Trial
After attracting international media attention, a Florida pastor said he wouldn't burn the Quran on last year's anniversary of 9/11. A few days ago, he broke that promise after finding the Quran guilty in a mock trial.
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Fla. Pastor Presides at Burning of Quran
(RNS) The controversial Florida pastor oversaw the burning of the Islamic holy book on Sunday.
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Priest Forced to Give up 40 Days of Muslim Lent
FERGUSON, Mo. (RNS) The Rev. Steve Lawler should have just given up chocolate or television for Lent.
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Breaking the Pattern of Demonization and Rebuttal
Breaking the Pattern of Demonization and Rebuttal
U.S. Rep. Peter King's hearings on the "radicalization of American Muslims" are only the latest Christian-Muslim flare-ups. To break this pattern of demonization, goodwill faith leaders must choose to be proactive.
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Study Says Engagement Rises with Mosque Attendance
WASHINGTON (RNS) A political science professor says research shows that affiliation with a mosque increases Muslims’ civic engagement.
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Former Counterterrorism Chief Says Muslims Cooperate
(RNS) A former FBI counter terrorism director rejected allegations that Muslim Americans don’t cooperate with law enforcement in terror investigations.
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White House Praises Muslims Ahead of Hearing
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Obama administration is highlighting the role Muslim Americans play in combating radicalism in their communities.
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Muslims and Supporters Protest Congressional Hearings
NEW YORK (RNS) When Anam Chaudhry sang the national anthem she wore a Muslim headscarf, and around her shoulders, another garment: the American flag.
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Pakistani Churches Mourn Assassinated Christian Minister
BANGALORE, India (RNS/ENInews) Christian schools shut down for a three-day protest of the assassination of the country’s Minister for Religious Minorities.
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State Legislatures Consider Bills Banning Sharia Law
State Legislatures Consider Bills Banning Sharia Law
Anti-Islam bills have now been introduced in a dozen state legislatures. Some bills refer specifically to Sharia or Islamic law. Others refer only to "foreign laws," a thinly veiled reference to Islamic law.
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Islam Dominated Religion Coverage in 2010
(RNS) Islam was the most frequent topic of religion news coverage in 2010, as the media doubled the amount of time and space devoted to religion.
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Muslims and ACLU Sue FBI over Mosque Surveillance
(RNS) Is sending a secret informant into a mosque in search of terrorists proactive policing, or a violation of worshippers’ civil rights?
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Grassroots Group Pressure King on Muslim Hearings
WASHINGTON (RNS) Peter King is facing grassroots pressure to cancel his planned hearings on the “radicalization” of U.S. Muslims.
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Egypt’s Christians Keep Wary Eye on Muslim Brotherhood
CAIRO (RNS) In Magdi Shnouda’s cafe the men playing backgammon are a mixture of Christians and Muslims.
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Muslim TV Executive Found Guilty in Wife’s Beheading
(RNS) A former banking executive who helped launch the nation’s first Muslim television station faces 15 years to life in prison.
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Colorado Years Shaped Islamic Militant’s View of U.S.
(RNS) Is the jazz standard “Baby It’s Cold Outside” a heart-warming ode to winter romance or the worst example of American hedonism?
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Controversial N.Y. Mosque Loses Another Leader
(RNS) The proposed mosque project is again looking for a top imam after Sheik Abdallah Adhami resigned.
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Congressman Says He’s not Anti-Islam
WASHINGTON (RNS) A congressman said he is not anti-Muslim after saying Muslims represent the “antithesis” of American values.
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Critics Raise Concerns About House Hearings on Muslims
WASHINGTON (RNS) A coalition is urging House leaders to raise concerns about planned hearings this month on the “radicalization” of American Muslims.
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Muslim leaders condemn Holocaust denial on remembrance day
(RNS) Prominent Muslim leaders marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day by decrying attempts to deny the Holocaust.
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Let Go and Go
When accepting new challenges that will take you down unfamiliar roads, you need to be humble enough to learn, brave enough to fail, foolish enough to imagine a better world and faithful enough to join hands with the flawed and broken.
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Southern Baptist Leader Resigns Coalition Supporting Mosques
(RNS) A top leader of the Southern Baptist Convention has resigned from a new interfaith coalition.
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Ala. Governor Apologizes for Brothers and Sisters Comment
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Gov. Bentley apologized to anyone who was offended with his inaugural day comments that non-Christians were not his “brothers and sisters.”
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Muslim Seminary Ends Talks with Vatican over Pope’s Comments
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world has suspended dialogue with the Vatican.
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Update: Fla. Pastor Formally Banned from U.K.
LONDON (RNS) A Florida pastor who sparked fury when he threatened to burn a pile of Qurans has been officially banned from Britain.
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Arab Christians Don't Curse the Darkness, But Light Candles
Arab Christians Don't Curse the Darkness, But Light Candles
With the population of Arab countries growing, Arab Christians have the opportunity to influence the communities in which God has called them to serve.
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Is President Obama Opposed to American Exceptionalism?
Is President Obama Opposed to American Exceptionalism?
When we equate American exceptionalism with being number one, we fail to defend the things that make us exceptional, including freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.
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Taking the Plunge
What is it about faith that’s a risky decision? What fears are holding us back from taking a running start and letting go of the surety beneath our feet into the uncertainty of the open air and the cool deep water below?
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Pray for Sudan
Pray for Sudan
Christians will be praying for peace in Sudan, a place where conflict has already taken 2 million lives in a 20-year civil war between Muslims in the north and Christians and animists in the south.
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Religious Leaders Condemn Attacks on Christians in Egypt, Nigeria
Religious Leaders Condemn Attacks on Christians in Egypt, Nigeria
Muslim and Christian leaders began the new year with a flurry of statements and comments condemning Islamic attacks on Christians in Egypt and Nigeria.
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Pope Condemns Vile Killing Outside Egyptian Church
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI denounced the “vile and murderous” New Year’s Day killing of 21 Egyptian Christians.
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American Baptist Delegation Visits Middle East
American Baptist Delegation Visits Middle East
A delegation of American Baptist leaders spent almost two weeks in the Middle East, engaging in interfaith dialogue with Muslims and encouraging Arab Christians.
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Muslim Leaders Probe Problem of Disaffected Youths
LOS ANGELES (RNS) Muslim leaders are admitting disaffected Muslim youth are ripe for online recruitment by extremists.
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Muslims Allege Inappropriate Questions by Security Agents
(RNS) American Muslims reentering the United States from abroad are alleging U.S. Customs Agents violate their constitutional rights.
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New York Mosque Named Top Religion Story of 2010
(RNS) The debate over an Islamic community center near Ground Zero was the top religion story of 2010.
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Five Reflections from Muslim-Baptist Mission Trip
Five Reflections from Muslim-Baptist Mission Trip
During a joint Baptist-Muslim mission trip to distribute mosquito-repellant nets in Tanzania, it was impressive to see how people of two different faiths could live and work together.
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Fragmentary Notes from a Mission Trip to Tanzania
Fragmentary Notes from a Mission Trip to Tanzania
Following a Muslim-Baptist mission trip to Tanzania, it appears Tanzanians share common religious ground in a way superior to U.S. Christians who are struggling to interface with U.S. Muslims.
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British Group Withdraws Invite to Fla. Pastor
LONDON (RNS) A right-wing political group now says it has withdrawn the invitation because “he is not the right candidate for us.”
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Mary’s Story…Our Story
What part of Mary’s story attracts your attention this year? When we read a familiar story, it is always interesting to see which part will speak to us the most. Rarely is it the same each time we read it and this is understandable. We hear and interpret stories based upon our experiences and fresh events in our lives draw us to different parts of familiar stories.
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Muslims not Laughing at Businessman’s Attempt at Humor
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) It was all a joke, says Biddinger, whose outdoor sign last week sported the phrase “BBQ Pork Restaurant Is Safest No Muslims Inside.”
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Muslim Women at Center of Suits over Hajj, Headscarves
(RNS) The ACLU has filed suit on behalf of a Georgia woman who was thrown in jail after refusing to remove her headscarf.
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Holder Denies Entrapment of Muslim Suspects
WASHINGTON (RNS) Holder defended the FBI’s recent undercover investigation of an Oregon Muslim terror suspect.
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HISNets Gives Its 100,000th Mosquito Net to Muslim Mother in Tanzania
HISNets Gives Its 100,000th Mosquito Net to Muslim Mother in Tanzania
During a Muslim-Baptist mission trip to provide mosquito-repellent nets in one of the world's poorer nations, a young Muslim mother received the 100,000th net distributed by a Baptist-led organization.
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Oklahoma’s Top Lawyer at Center of Fight over Shariah
(RNS) Backers admit they suffered a setback when a judge issued a temporary injunction last month.
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Muslims and Baptists Join Hands in Mosquito Net Distribution in Tanzania
Muslims and Baptists Join Hands in Mosquito Net Distribution in Tanzania
Two Baptists and a Muslim left behind Oklahoma's infectious fear of Islam to combat the infectious disease of malaria in Tanzania, demonstrating that different faiths can work together to meet human needs.
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Palestinians Remove Claim to Western Wall after U.S. Objects
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Palestinian government has pulled a report stating that Jews have no historic connection to the Western Wall.
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Locals Rally Behind Mosque after Terror Suspect’s Arrest
CORVALLIS, Ore. (RNS) Rain didn’t stop the Corvallis community from showing up in swarms at a candlelight vigil outside a mosque that was hit by arson.
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Blasphemy Resolution Passes U.N. Committee
(RNS) A resolution combating the “vilification of religions” was adopted by a United Nations committee.
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The Relationship Between War, Religious Expansion
The Relationship Between War, Religious Expansion
If Western Christians are serious about genuine religious peace as a Christian virtue and a basic human right, we must develop mutual understanding and interfaith engagement with other religions.
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Muslims Prepare Halal Turkey Thanksgiving Feast
(RNS) The kitchen clamors with young cooks preparing South Asian dishes.
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God in The City
If you are fearful, I would suggest that you do this... First of all, take the counsel of God and be still for just a moment. Hard to do, isn’t it? Let God’s presence slowly but surely take over your heart and settle into your soul.
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Palestinians Claim Ownership of Western Wall
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Western Wall is actually a Muslim shrine, according to an official report.
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London Warns British Muslims on Shariah in Schools
LONDON (RNS) The British government has warned Islamic schools concerning the teaching of extremist Shariah law.
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Middle East Clergy Pray for Drought Relief
JERUSALEM (RNS) Experiencing the warmest, driest November on record, residents of the Holy Land are calling on a higher power to bring rain.
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U.S. Activists Lobby Against U.N. Defamation Resolution
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates are urging members of the UN to vote against the latest proposal from Islamic countries.
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Third Time’s A Charm: Kentucky Town OKs Mosque
Third Time’s A Charm: Kentucky Town OKs Mosque
After rejecting the request before an overflow crowd, some of whom clutched their Bibles, a Kentucky town’s zoning board reconsidered and granted a permit to allow Muslims to turn an empty store into a house of worship.
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Poll: Christians Most Likely to Want N.Y. Islamic Center Moved
(RNS) Christians are more likely to say a proposed Islamic center should be built farther away from Ground Zero.
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Study Calls for Sensitivity in Muslims’ Medical Care
(RNS) U.S. doctors need to take religious values into account while providing health care.
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Christian and Muslims Propose Joint Crisis-intervention Group
GENEVA (RNS/ENInews) Leaders have called for a group that can be mobilized whenever a crisis threatens.
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Judge Puts Hold on Okla. Anti-Shariah Amendment
(RNS) Lawyers have two weeks to convince a federal judge to remove a temporary hold on a voter-approved state constitutional amendment.
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Sikhs Call Airport Screening for Turbans Security Theater
WASHINGTON (RNS) Leaders of Sikh organizations say they’ve been told that turbans will always be searched.
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Muslim Advocacy Group Sues over Okla. Shariah Ban
(RNS) A Muslim advocacy group filed suit saying a just-passed amendment forbidding judicial use of Islamic law is unconstitutional.
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Transit Worker Fired for Burning Quran Sues State
TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) On the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, Derek Fenton stole headlines by burning pages from the Quran.
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Israel to Allow Civil Marriages
JERUSALEM (RNS) For the first time in its 62-year history, Israel will soon allow a limited number of couples to marry in civil ceremonies.
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Global Baptists Mourn Attack on Baghdad Church, Islamic Clerics Criticize Assault
Global Baptists Mourn Attack on Baghdad Church, Islamic Clerics Criticize Assault
Following an attack on a Roman Catholic Church in Baghdad that left more than 50 Christians dead, Baptists and other Christians in the Iraqi capital say they are living in fear.
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Obama to Visit Largest Mosque in Indonesia
(RNS) President Obama plans to visit one of the world’s largest mosques during his trip to Indonesia in November.
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White House Denies Rumors About Obama and Sikh Temple
(RNS) The White House has denied reports that President Obama will avoid a Sikh shrine while visiting India next week.
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Pastor at Center of Aborted Quran Burn Gets a New Car
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (RNS) Jones held the keys to his Hyundai Accent for only a few minutes before handing them to a battered women’s advocacy group.
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Feds Tell Tenn. Officials to Protect Muslims’ Building Rights
WASHINGTON (RNS) Islam is a valid religion that is entitled to constitutional protection, said a U.S. attorney.
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Archbishop of Canterbury Criticizes European Burqa Bans
NAGPUR, India (RNS/ENInews) Rowan Williams deplored attempts to prohibit Muslim women from wearing body-covering burqas in public.
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Study: Fox News Watchers More Likely to Believe NYC Mosque Rumors
(RNS) Fox News watchers are more likely than other Americans to believe dubious claims about the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero.
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American Shariah? That’s News to Muslims
(RNS) Rep. Duncan expects his “Save Our State” referendum to keep Islamic law out of state courts to pass easily on Nov. 2.
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Does a Comparative Count of Dead Bodies Make Christianity a Compelling Religion?
Does a Comparative Count of Dead Bodies Make Christianity a Compelling Religion?
People have done some terrible things in the name of Christianity, but other religions have done worse. At least that's the reasoning some have used to defend their faith. But is that really how we want to argue for Christianity?
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Questioning the Quran: A Coptic Scholar under Fire
Questioning the Quran: A Coptic Scholar under Fire
An Orthodox Christian leader comes under fire from Muslims when he raises an inquiry about verses in the Quran. The incident points to the great need for peacemakers to help Muslim-Christian relations.
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Christians Call for Calm After Indian Verdict on Holy Site
Bangalore, India (RNS/ENInews) Churches in India have joined other faiths and political leaders in calling for calm after the court ruled.
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Interfaith Group Urges U.S. to Press for Middle East Agreement
(RNS) A broad coalition of U.S. Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders has backed the administration’s efforts to broker peace.
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Documentary Screening Draws Crowd in Memphis, Creates Good Will
Documentary Screening Draws Crowd in Memphis, Creates Good Will
Taking a "step toward peace," some 300 people, including about one third of them coming from Memphis' Muslim community, attended a screening of "Different Books, Common Word" at First Baptist of Memphis.
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South African Violence Hinged on Local Leaders
South African Violence Hinged on Local Leaders
When violence erupted against immigrants in South Africa in 2008, the economy, unemployment and other factors weren't the defining cause of whether a township exploded in violence. It was local leadership. (Photo: Andras Osvat)
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Va. Imam Named Head of Largest Muslim Group
(RNS) The Islamic Society of North America named a gregarious Sudanese-born Virginia imam as its new president.
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Justice Department: Land-use Disputes Often Involve Religious Minorities
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious minorities figure prominently in religious freedom investigations by the Justice Department.
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FBC Memphis Invites City to Screening of Baptist-Muslim Documentary
FBC Memphis Invites City to Screening of Baptist-Muslim Documentary
First Baptist Church of Memphis is breaking new cultural ground with its sponsorship of a citywide screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary about how U.S. Baptists and Muslims are engaged in interfaith dialogue and action.
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Taking a Page from the Prophet Ezekiel about Society's False Shepherds
Taking a Page from the Prophet Ezekiel about Society's False Shepherds
American Christians are living in a divisive time of profound paranoia and deliberate deception – much of it advanced by Christian politicians, those the prophet Ezekiel might identify as the false shepherds.
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Pastor at Center of Quran Burn Could Face $200,000 Bill
(RNS) The Florida pastor could still face a $200,000 bill from law enforcement agencies.
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Honoring Others' Sacred Texts: Denying or Defending Christ?
Honoring Others' Sacred Texts: Denying or Defending Christ?
How does a Christian church, which affirms Jesus as Lord, welcome people of other faiths to a shared experience of readings from our texts? Jesus' way is one of reconciling love rather than polarizing division.
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Skateboarder an Overnight Sensation After Rescuing Quran
(RNS) Muslim Americans and their allies have found an unexpected reason to smile.
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Religious Freedom in U.S. is For Everyone, Not Some
Religious Freedom in U.S. is For Everyone, Not Some
Angry protests over an Islamic center near Ground Zero. A Florida pastor threatens to burn the Quran. If we don't guarantee religious freedom for all, we betray the genius that lies behind the U.S. Constitution.
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Interfaith Friendships Enrich Individual Identities
Interfaith Friendships Enrich Individual Identities
Just as marriage creates a new generation in the human family, interfaith friendship creates a new generation in the family of God for those who are willing to embark on its journey.
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Judge Demands Proof of Repairs to Imam's Apartment Building
UNION CITY, N.J. (RNS) A judge denied a city request for custodial receivership of two apartment buildings owned by the imam.
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What I Learned as a Christian Reading the Quran
What I Learned as a Christian Reading the Quran
Unlike those who keep misquoting the Quran in order to frame Islam as some type of terrorist religion, what if Christians took the time to read it as a way to seek dialogue with those who are also seeking the face of God?
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EthicsDaily.com Documentary at Memphis Church, Festival
EthicsDaily.com Documentary at Memphis Church, Festival
A documentary about Baptist-Muslim relationships will take a higher profile in the coming weeks, first at First Baptist Church of Memphis then at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville.
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Muslims Invited, Disinvited to Pray in Hartford
(RNS) Hartford, Conn. is the newest flashpoint in a culture war pitting Muslims’ First Amendment rights against opponents.
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Ground Zero Imam Hit with Suit Over Shoddy Rental Properties
UNION CITY, N.J. (RNS) A lawsuit charges that Rauf has failed to address complaints in two apartment buildings he owns.
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Who’s Missing?
Are you a part of this kind of caring community? If you were lost or in trouble, who would drop everything they are doing to find and help you? Who can count on you to do that?
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Southern Baptist Minister Burns Quran, While Baptist Church Honors Sacred Texts
Southern Baptist Minister Burns Quran, While Baptist Church Honors Sacred Texts
A Southern Baptist pastor from Tennessee burned a copy of the Quran on Saturday, claiming "it's about love." Meanwhile, a Southern Baptist church in Kentucky honored different faith traditions' sacred texts at an interfaith service.
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Confusion Surrounds Meeting Between Fla. Pastor, N.Y. Imam
(RNS) The imam said that he has no plans to meet with a pastor who plotted to burn Qurans.
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SBC Leader Tries to Articulate Anti-Mosque Position
SBC Leader Tries to Articulate Anti-Mosque Position
The head of Southern Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission remains a strong voice against the right of Muslims to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero. But his reasons don’t all add up.
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Listen to the Moral Leadership by
Listen to the Moral Leadership by "Dog-Whistle"
After Gen. Petraeus said a church's plan to burn the Quran would endanger U.S. soldiers, conservative religionists started lining up in opposition to the church. Of course, that's after they had stoked the fires of Islamic fear.
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Obama Denounces Quran Burning
(RNS) President Obama has added his voice to a chorus of critics condemning a Florida pastor’s plans to burn Qurans.
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Before Burning Quran, Recall Jesus' Words
Before Burning Quran, Recall Jesus' Words
If Terry Jones truly is the pastor of a New Testament church, as his website claims, he would do well to recall the words of Jesus to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" before burning the Quran.
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Counter the Surge of Islamic Fear with Clarity
Counter the Surge of Islamic Fear with Clarity
With a new surge of anti-Muslim feeling breaking across the United States, goodwill Christians, especially clergy, must end their ambiguous silence to counter the hateful rhetoric against Islam.
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Imam Defends Plans for Islamic center in NYC
(RNS) The imam said that changing his plans would play into the hands of extremists.
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Vatican Joins Chorus Opposing Quran Burning
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican joined high-level U.S. officials in denouncing a Florida pastor’s plans to burn the Quran.
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Prominent Faith Leaders Denounce Islamophobia
WASHINGTON (RNS) Three dozen faith leaders issued a declaration denouncing anti-Muslim bigotry.
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Please, Pastor Jones: Don't Burn the Quran on Sept. 11
Please, Pastor Jones: Don't Burn the Quran on Sept. 11
The pastor of a Florida church plans to burn the Quran on Sept. 11, claiming that many Americans have even sent him copies to burn. His plans will only perpetuate a cycle of violence.
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Anti-immigration Politicians Spread Scare Stories About
Anti-immigration Politicians Spread Scare Stories About "Terror Babies"
The Texas politicians who alleged an international conspiracy of "terror babies" are Southern Baptist. Far too many conservative Christians have such fringe conspiratorial views, making decisions based on fear instead of facts.
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As Ramadan Ends, Muslims Seek School Holiday
NEW YORK (RNS) For Nikhat Choudhury, the Muslim holidays mean spending lots of money.
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Muslim Group Releases Ads to Counter Wave of Bigotry
WASHINGTON (RNS) A Muslim advocacy organization has released public service announcements as part of an ad campaign.
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Poll: Muslims Give Obama Highest Approval Ratings
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than three-quarters of U.S. Muslims support President Obama.
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Mosque's Name Isn't Code for Islamic Conquest
Mosque's Name Isn't Code for Islamic Conquest
Newt Gingrich is wrong. The term "Cordoba" – the name planned for the Islamic center near Ground Zero – isn't "a symbol of Islamic conquest." It's a reference to the city where Muslims, Jews and Christians lived in peace.
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Politicians Employ Hate and Fear to Oppose Mosque
Politicians Employ Hate and Fear to Oppose Mosque
To equate a mosque with terrorists is either the height of ignorance or depth of callous manipulation. It shows how hate and fear, two powerful political motivators, have been employed to rally the worst in Americans.
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Mosque Critics Favor Broken Relationships, Oppose Healing
Mosque Critics Favor Broken Relationships, Oppose Healing
The civic and religious leaders opposed to an Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero are not interested in restoring relationships. Isn't it time for people of all faiths and no faith to work and play together?
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Polls: One in four Americans Thinks Obama’s a Muslim
WASHINGTON (RNS) Two new polls say as many as one in four Americans mistakenly believe President Obama is a Muslim.
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Mosque Controversy Tests Our Convictions, Civility
Mosque Controversy Tests Our Convictions, Civility
To deny building a mosque near Ground Zero is a troubling infringement on religious freedom. Today, it's a mosque. Tomorrow, it could be a synagogue, a Mormon temple or a Baptist church.
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Why Conservatives Should Favor Manhattan Mosque
Why Conservatives Should Favor Manhattan Mosque
As the controversy over a mosque near Ground Zero escalates, the opposition by some conservatives is puzzling. From a conservative perspective, building a mosque should not be barred.
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Manhattan Mosque: Gesture of Neighborliness, Healing
Manhattan Mosque: Gesture of Neighborliness, Healing
Narrow-minded intolerance has led to the outcry against the building of a mosque near Ground Zero. It's time to turn away from ignorance and embrace again the words of Christ: Love your neighbor as yourself.
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Fight over N.Y. Mosque Becomes a Partisan Wedge issue for Obama, GOP
WASHINGTON (RNS) What started as a local zoning debate about an Islamic center has now turned into an election-year political brawl.
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By Faith
But faith is not found in its definition, as remarkable as that definition may be. It doesn’t do any good if it stays on the pages of your Bible or is kept on your tongue. It has to translate into something beyond just the definition. Faith is not a definition, it is a relationship.
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Fareed Zakaria, Jon Stewart Offer Moral Clarity about Ground Zero Mosque
Fareed Zakaria, Jon Stewart Offer Moral Clarity about Ground Zero Mosque
Since Sarah Palin's tweet opposing a mosque near Ground Zero, speechifying against the project has heated up. The intense opposition has been drowning out voices of goodwill and moral clarity.
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Muslim Men Try to Mark Ramadan in 30 States in 30 Days
NEW YORK (RNS) Two Muslims are hitting the road for Ramadan, determined to break the holy month’s daily fast in a different state each evening.
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Religious Leaders Blast Gingrich, Palin on New York Mosque
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 40 Christian leaders say they are deeply troubled by the opposition to a proposed mosque.
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Religious Literacy Will Prompt Tolerance of Islam
Religious Literacy Will Prompt Tolerance of Islam
Millions of Americans would rather continue to remain ignorant about Islam so that they can continue to stereotype Islam as a religion of radical hatred and evil. How should we respond to such religious illiteracy?
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Aid Group Wants to stay' in Afghanistan Despite Killings
(RNS/ENInews) The IAM has rejected Taliban claims that 10 aid workers killed in Afghanistan had been trying to convert Muslims.
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Baha'i Leaders Sentenced to 20 Years in Iran
(RNS) Seven top leaders of the Baha’i faith have received jail sentences of 20 years.
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Why We Must Welcome the Manhattan Mosque
Why We Must Welcome the Manhattan Mosque
While some oppose the construction of a mosque near the former World Trade Center site as part of their anti-Islamic campaign, the rest of us must move beyond hatred and misunderstanding.
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Christian-Muslim Relations Turn Bitter in India
NEW DELHI (RNS) Tensions between Christians and Muslims in India’s Kerala state have reached the boiling point.
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Appeals Court Sides with Prison in Headscarf Case
WASHINGTON (RNS) A court has sided with a prison system whose policy forbids Muslim women from wearing headscarves.
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Conservatives Will Appeal Go-ahead Vote for Ground Zero Mosque
(RNS) A law firm plans to appeal a green light for the construction of an Islamic community center two blocks from Ground Zero.
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Ghanaian Pastor Tells BWA Workshop That Muslims Protect Baptists
Ghanaian Pastor Tells BWA Workshop That Muslims Protect Baptists
Challenge the prevailing narrative of the Western world that Islam and Christianity are at war, people from both faiths support and respect each other in Yendi, a city in Ghana where at least 80 percent of the population is Muslim.
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Evangelicals Condemn Planned Quran Burning
(RNS) The NAE has condemned plans by a Florida church to burn copies of the Quran.
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BWA Leaders Lament Christian Vilification of Muslims, Offer Constructive Way Forward
BWA Leaders Lament Christian Vilification of Muslims, Offer Constructive Way Forward
Sharing their concerns about the vilification of Muslims by Christians, two Baptists mapped out ways for constructive engagement between the world's two largest faith groups during a Baptist World Alliance focus group.
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Interview (Part 2): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
Interview (Part 2): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
David Coffey reflects on his BWA presidency as his term draws to a close. In the second part of an interview with EthicsDaily.com, he discusses his part in fostering interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims.
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Faith vs. Fear: Which Will We Allow to Win?
Faith vs. Fear: Which Will We Allow to Win?
Many Christians have bought into fear as a thoughtful reaction to important issues. If we surrender to fear, our faith in God and in one another will diminish, and we will become less than the humans we were created to be.
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Reject Power-Hungry Leaders Who Promote Fear of Islam
Reject Power-Hungry Leaders Who Promote Fear of Islam
Some people rise to religious and political power on a wave of fear. Their current target is Islam. Rather than succumb to fear-based and hate-filled rhetoric, we must reject the demonization of our Muslim neighbors.
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True Wisdom
Instead of trying to argue about whether or not what God teaches us is relevant to our lives, we actually need to make our lives relevant to what God teaches us. We need to recognize that God’s ways are the ways that lead to blessedness.
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Samson: National Hero or Terrorist?
Samson: National Hero or Terrorist?
Acts of violence in the name of creed, or deeply held theological positions, are not monopolized by the Islamic faith. Our own Judeo-Christian tradition has its share of violence in the name of God.
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First Amendment Protects Muslims' Right to Worship
First Amendment Protects Muslims' Right to Worship
An anonymous letter-writer fears the construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn., will lead to Western civilization's destruction. It's sad to see so much fear and misunderstanding packed into a one-page letter.
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You're Not Really Fat – If Everyone Else Is Fatter
You're Not Really Fat – If Everyone Else Is Fatter
Need to be thin? Don't waste time losing weight. Just move to Tennessee – tied for the second fattest state in the nation. Then at least you'll be thinner than most everyone else.
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Making Big Strides in Baptist-Muslim Relationships
Making Big Strides in Baptist-Muslim Relationships
During an EthicsDaily.com luncheon, two North Carolina pastors shared stories about how their congregations took some small steps that turned into significant strides in Baptist-Muslim relationships.
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Building Bridges to Strengthen Christian-Muslim Relations
Building Bridges to Strengthen Christian-Muslim Relations
At EthicsDaily.com's luncheon during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Assembly, three individuals described how they built relational bridges over the cultural minefield of Christian-Muslim tensions.
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Challenging Franklin Graham's Falsehood
Challenging Franklin Graham's Falsehood
One persistent falsehood is that Islam is by definition a violent religion. Call it the Franklin Graham Falsehood. He also claimed that he's "not heard one Islamic leader" condemn 9/11, but he clearly hasn't done his research.
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Only One Response to Flood's Tragedy
Only One Response to Flood's Tragedy
There is only one religious response to the tragedy of the Nashville flood, and that is humility, which reminds us that we are in the dark as to why things happen.
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Muslim Stories About Obama, Seminary Leader
Muslim Stories About Obama, Seminary Leader
Some people believe that President Obama is a secret Muslim no matter how much evidence exists about his faith in Christ. Meanwhile, Liberty University's president appears to have exaggerated his Muslim roots.
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Muslim Groups Promote Physical Fitness
Muslim Groups Promote Physical Fitness
More than 300,000 people die every year because of complications related to obesity. Muslim organizations in Illinois are leading several initiatives to promote physical fitness, healthy diet and exercise.
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Part 2: Fear of Compromise Hinders Interfaith Dialogue
Part 2: Fear of Compromise Hinders Interfaith Dialogue
Some Christians fear interfaith dialogue because they think it will lead to compromising their faith. However, people of different faiths can engage in frank and honest dialogue without conceding their convictions.
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Part 1: Fear of Unknown Hinders Interfaith Dialogue
Part 1: Fear of Unknown Hinders Interfaith Dialogue
If the universal truth claims of Christianity and Islam are reconcilable, why bother trying to dialogue at all? Two different fears typically keep us from engaging in interfaith dialogue.
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Assigning Blame When Disasters Strike
Assigning Blame When Disasters Strike
Why are some ministers quick to assign blame for tragic events? Pat Robertson cruelly claimed Haiti was hit by an earthquake because of its sin. Now an Islamic cleric has blamed women for quakes.
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Pentagon Makes the Right Call on Franklin Graham
Pentagon Makes the Right Call on Franklin Graham
The U.S. Army made the right decision to prohibit Franklin Graham from speaking at a prayer event in May at the Pentagon. The prohibition resulted from Graham's continuous hostile and insulting statements about Islam.
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Burqa Ban Will Erode Mutual Understanding
Burqa Ban Will Erode Mutual Understanding
The growing influence of Islam in Europe has led to a public backlash. French officials, for example, have urged a ban on wearing burqas, but living in a pluralistic age requires mutual understanding.
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Denzel Washington Talks a Second Time about EthicsDaily.com's TV Documentary
Denzel Washington Talks a Second Time about EthicsDaily.com's TV Documentary
Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, seen here in The Book of Eli, has spoken publicly again about EthicsDaily.com's "Different Books, Common Word." (Photo: Warner Bros.)
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Nigerian Massacres Challenge North Americans to Tackle Interfaith Engagement
Nigerian Massacres Challenge North Americans to Tackle Interfaith Engagement
As Baptist and Muslim leaders, including Sayyid Syeed with the Islamic Society of North America, lamented the Nigerian conflict, most Baptists in North America know little about the clashes. (Photo: EthicsDaily.com)
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Interfaith Dialogue Carves Paths to Friendship
Interfaith Dialogue Carves Paths to Friendship
Many narrowly interpret interfaith dialogue as a verbal engagement with other people about their faith. But it's far more. As we welcome people who are different than us, we open paths to friendship.
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Baptists Condemn Nigeria's Religious Violence
Baptists Condemn Nigeria's Religious Violence
Violence between Muslims and Christians continues in Nigeria with heavy clashes occurring in Plateau State, a region in the center of the country with a long history of religious conflict.
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Baptist-Muslim Panelists Stress Interfaith Action at Documentary Screening in Houston
Baptist-Muslim Panelists Stress Interfaith Action at Documentary Screening in Houston
"Different Books, Common Word" can be an important vehicle for social change on the local level where Islamic centers and Baptist congregations can get together to screen the documentary and discuss it.
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"Arabia" Challenges Media's Simple Stereotypes
Muslims have complained for years that Western media coverage of Islam has closely associated them and their faith with militancy and violence. "Arabia," a new documentary, challenges that view.
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500 Dead After Religious Violence in Nigeria
500 Dead After Religious Violence in Nigeria
Nigerian Baptists have asked for prayer following violence between Christians and Muslims that has left an estimated 500 people dead and displaced around 18,000 others.
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Standing Up to Extremists in Islam and Christianity
Standing Up to Extremists in Islam and Christianity
Radicals in Islam and Christianity want us to distrust one another and each other's faith. Will the more moderate voices among us take a stand to keep the radicals at bay?
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NBC-TV Station Looks at EthicsDaily.com Documentary Airing on ABC-TV Stations
NBC-TV Station Looks at EthicsDaily.com Documentary Airing on ABC-TV Stations
EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Different Books, Common Word," airing on ABC-TV stations across the country, is generating positive dialogue about the relationship between goodwill Baptists and Muslims.
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Bible References on Rifle Sights in Iraq and Afghanistan Reflect Badly on Christianity
Bible References on Rifle Sights in Iraq and Afghanistan Reflect Badly on Christianity
Reinforcing a perception that American Christianity has a crusade against Muslims, a corporation inscribes biblical references on the sights of its rifles and has a contract to provide 800,000 sights to the Marines.
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Racial Profiling: Security or Civil Liberty Violation?
Racial Profiling: Security or Civil Liberty Violation?
Conservative politicians are calling for expanded use of racial profiling to evaluate airline passengers entering the U.S. But profiling offers a false sense of security and attacks the very nature of our democratic society.
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Denzel Washington Talks about EthicsDaily.com Documentary on BET
Denzel Washington Talks about EthicsDaily.com Documentary on BET
Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington called EthicsDaily.com’s hour-long documentary "an interesting show” on Thursday.
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EthicsDaily Documentary Airs This Weekend on ABC-TV Stations in Chicago, Richmond, Kansas City, Waco
EthicsDaily Documentary Airs This Weekend on ABC-TV Stations in Chicago, Richmond, Kansas City, Waco
EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims," continues to air on ABC-TV stations to glowing reviews. And it's not too late to ask your local station to air it.
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Right-Wing Columnist Criticizes EthicsDaily.com Documentary Without Viewing It
Right-Wing Columnist Criticizes EthicsDaily.com Documentary Without Viewing It
The founder of WorldNetDaily misled his readers about "Different Books, Common Word," EthicsDaily.com's documentary about Baptist-Muslim relationships. But facts bear little value for ideologues.
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Franklin Graham Criticized for Inaccurate Attack on Islam
Franklin Graham Criticized for Inaccurate Attack on Islam
Evangelist Franklin Graham attacked Islam as "a very violent religion" and argued that Americans could not practice "true Islam," but Baptist leaders promoting dialogue with Muslims criticized his remarks.
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Documentary Airs on ABC-TV Stations with Glowing Reviews, Airs Again Sunday
Documentary Airs on ABC-TV Stations with Glowing Reviews, Airs Again Sunday
The first of many broadcasts of EthicsDaily.com's "Different Books, Common Word" aired Sunday. The response has been exceedingly positive to the documentary on Baptist-Muslim relationships.
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Top Good-News Stories That You Never Heard About the Muslim World
Top Good-News Stories That You Never Heard About the Muslim World
You may not have heard about these stories in 2009. Saudi Arabia opened its first coeducational college. American Muslims demonstrate moderate attitudes. They're two of the top good-news stories from the Muslim world.
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Sadly, Many Surprised by Baptist-Muslim Relationships
Sadly, Many Surprised by Baptist-Muslim Relationships
During filming of "Different Books, Common Word," many couldn't believe Baptists and Muslims could have any sort of relationship. Their disbelief didn't grow in a vacuum. It was cultivated by extremism of word and deed.
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What Is the Most Important Religion Story for 2009?
What Is the Most Important Religion Story for 2009?
The Baptist-Muslim engagement was the most unanticipated and underreported religion story of 2009. And EthicsDaily.com's new documentary examines five stories that will shed light on that relationship.
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Ignoring Critics, Some Baptists and Muslims Cooperate
Ignoring Critics, Some Baptists and Muslims Cooperate
Some Christians want us to distance ourselves from Muslims, falsely claiming the actions of extremists define Islam. Yet these same critics consider Christian extremists to be the exceptions of their own faith.
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Christmas Fear: What We Can Learn from the Shepherds
Christmas Fear: What We Can Learn from the Shepherds
Two thousand years of carols about the perfect baby Jesus and angels that look like Precious Moments dolls have obscured the hard-hitting implications of the Christmas story, leaving us unafraid of the repercussions.
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EthicsDaily.com's Baptist-Muslim Documentary to Air on ABC Stations
EthicsDaily.com's Baptist-Muslim Documentary to Air on ABC Stations
EthicsDaily.com's new documentary, "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims," has been picked up by more than 60 ABC stations across the country for broadcast beginning in January. And more will follow.
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Swiss Ban Minarets. Will Baptists Voice Concern?
Swiss Ban Minarets. Will Baptists Voice Concern?
The Swiss recently banned construction of minarets. Baptists become upset when Muslim countries close a church or expel our missionaries. Will we remember that religious liberty's door swings both ways?
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After Islamic Center's Torched, Different Faiths Help
After Islamic Center's Torched, Different Faiths Help
After three men firebombed an Islamic center in Tennessee, Christians and Jews reached out to help the Muslim community. Such goodwill counters the hype in certain media that focus on what divides these faiths.
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Will Baptists Decry Hatred Against Muslims?
Will Baptists Decry Hatred Against Muslims?
The first of three men who firebombed a Tennessee mosque received a 14-year prison sentence in November. Are we willing to take a stand, in words and actions, against such hatred and ignorance?
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Christian Janitor Dies Protecting Muslim Women
Christian Janitor Dies Protecting Muslim Women
A Christian janitor in Pakistan held a suicide bomber at bay, protecting the lives of more than 300 young Muslim women. He had little by many people's standards, but he had compassion. What stops us?
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Open Letter to Virginia Gov-Elect McDonnell: Words Matter
Open Letter to Virginia Gov-Elect McDonnell: Words Matter
In an open letter to Governor-Elect Bob McDonnell of Virginia, an interfaith coalition calls on him to oppose the divisive rhetoric of Pat Robertson, who called Islam a "violent political system."
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Muslim Leaders Can Help Goodwill Baptists Think about Interfaith Dialogue
Muslim Leaders Can Help Goodwill Baptists Think about Interfaith Dialogue
Interfaith dialogue is difficult for many Baptists, but dismissing or avoiding it is not an option in the 21st century. Two Muslim leaders offer insights that can engage goodwill Baptists.
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Conservative Christians Dismiss Interfaith Dialogue as Inconsequential
Conservative Christians Dismiss Interfaith Dialogue as Inconsequential
Too many conservative evangelicals dismiss or avoid interfaith dialogue. However, the reality of the 21st century is that we live in a multifaith world. It's time to engage our neighbors.
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Face Down the Fringe Faithful Who Want Religious Test for Military Service
Face Down the Fringe Faithful Who Want Religious Test for Military Service
In the wake of the Fort Hood shootings, some conservative American Christians are demonizing American Muslims. Authentic Christians must stand up now for goodwill American Muslims.
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Fort Hood Shootings Offer Americans Two Choices
Fort Hood Shootings Offer Americans Two Choices
Hopefully, goodwill Baptists will show discernment about what has happened at Fort Hood and avoid the path towards demonizing Muslims.
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Greatness
The only way to face tomorrow is placing ourselves in the hands of the One who has told us – not three times, but thousands of times – that the only way to follow him is by way of sacrifice and service. If we will be willing to do that, though there is no guarantee where it will take us, we will know that we’re in very good company.
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Baptists and Muslims Work Together for Health-Care Reform
Baptists and Muslims Work Together for Health-Care Reform
The possibility of advancing the common good, such as health-care reform, improves when goodwill Muslims and Baptists work together. A recent press conference illustrates this point.
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EthicsDaily.com Produces TV Documentary
EthicsDaily.com Produces TV Documentary
EthicsDaily.com has produced an hour-long documentary on Baptist-Muslim relations that will begin airing on ABC-TV stations in January 2010.
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"Different Books, Common Word"

The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's hour-long documentary "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims."

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Transparency Is Essential for Christian-Based Organizations in Islamic Countries
Transparency Is Essential for Christian-Based Organizations in Islamic Countries
Leaders of two Christian relief agencies disavowed proselytism. Yet others think they can trick government officials and citizens in foreign countries into believing they aren't really proselytizing.
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Good Religion Between Muslims and Christians Promises a New Day
Good Religion Between Muslims and Christians Promises a New Day
Eight years ago, religion was misused to validate violence. Today, Christian and Muslim leaders are seeking common ground around the common word found in both their faith traditions – love for neighbor.
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Who's Going To Be the Anti-Christ Today?
Who's Going To Be the Anti-Christ Today?
In the '70s, author Hal Lindsey pegged the Soviet Union as the agent of the anti-Christ. But the Soviet Union fell, and Christian doomsayers eventually made Islam their new anti-Christ.
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What Does Ramadan Contribute to American Life?
What Does Ramadan Contribute to American Life?
Ramadan teaches that by experiencing deprivation, through fasting from sunrise to sunset, we can be in the shoes of millions of people who live in this state perpetually.
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Killing Trust – One Sunday School Class at a Time
Killing Trust – One Sunday School Class at a Time
The recent passing of Walter Cronkite has signaled the end of an era in the American experience. Few sources of news and information can be fully trusted today.
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American Muslims Condemn Anti-Christian Riots in Pakistan
American Muslims Condemn Anti-Christian Riots in Pakistan
The Islamic Society of North America is appalled at news of the riots in Gojra, Pakistan, in which several homes belonging to members of the Christian community were destroyed and about seven people were killed.
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BWA Leader Calls Free-Market System 'Flawed'
BWA Leader Calls Free-Market System 'Flawed'
The unfettered global economic system destroys the planet, sustains global poverty and undermines human life, the Baptist World Alliance president said.
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Ethical Guidelines for Witnessing to Muslims, Christians
Ethical Guidelines for Witnessing to Muslims, Christians
The Christian Muslim Forum has tackled a thorny theological problem: How can you be faithful to share your faith while respecting the other's traditions? Here are their 10 points.
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Global Baptists Hear Reports of Religious Discrimination, Interfaith Engagement
Global Baptists Hear Reports of Religious Discrimination, Interfaith Engagement
Baptists still face state-sponsored religious discrimination. Serbian Baptists, for example, are granted "considerably less rights than the privileged religious community," one pastor said.
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Baptists and Muslims: Being Good Neighbors
Baptists and Muslims: Being Good Neighbors

Fomenting fear of Muslims by making stereotypical observations and false accusations will not encourage peace. We need to build bridges, not walls.

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Baptists: Muslims Part of Extended Family
Baptists: Muslims Part of Extended Family
Baptists should approach Muslims with compassion and friendship. The first step in showing genuine love for another person is to accept them as they are.
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Warren Addresses American Muslims; American Muslim Speaks to ABC-USA
Warren Addresses American Muslims; American Muslim Speaks to ABC-USA
Distance is shrinking between Baptist and Muslim leaders in America — faster than rank-and-file members realize.
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Conversation 101: Building Muslim Bridges
Conversation 101: Building Muslim Bridges
My Muslim friends aren’t afraid to hear me talk about Jesus, but first they want to share a cup of coffee. We treat one another according to our equal claim to humanity.
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Who Is This?
So, if you ever find yourself asking the same question as the disciples – “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” – you can be certain of this... There is no difficulty, there is no trouble you can go through that Christ will not be by your side. Indeed, he would have you face your storms head on, but you will never have to do it alone. He will take you as you are, just as the disciples did with him, and he will lead you through the wind and the waves on the sea. And the only preparation you need is to simply get into the boat. He will be there waiting for you, and soon you will find that Jesus makes an very good traveling companion.
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Guidelines Provide Roadmap for Christian-Muslim Relations
Guidelines Provide Roadmap for Christian-Muslim Relations
As Christians and Muslims increasingly live side by side, the tension between the two mission-focused faiths is inevitable. That's why the guidelines prepared by the Christian Muslim Forum are a valuable resource for interaction.
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Burqa Battle Is Over Competing Visions of Religion in Public Square
Burqa Battle Is Over Competing Visions of Religion in Public Square
The battle over the burqa has broken out between President Barack Obama and French President Nicholas Sarkozy. The French president's view reflects hostility toward religion while Obama displays respect for religion.
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America as Melting Pot? We're Really More of a Tossed Salad
America as Melting Pot? We're Really More of a Tossed Salad
America has been described as a melting pot, a place where people from diverse backgrounds merge into one. However, we are often more like a tossed salad, with unique pieces of cultural heritage clearly visible and intact.
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Seeking the Common Good Doesn't Require Doctrinal Agreement about God
Seeking the Common Good Doesn't Require Doctrinal Agreement about God
Forgetting Jesus' great commandment, conservative Christian bloggers began barking their disapproval as soon as they learned mega-church pastor Rick Warren would speak to the Islamic Society of North America.
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Rabbi Advocates Killing Civilians, Destroying Holy Sites in War
Rabbi Advocates Killing Civilians, Destroying Holy Sites in War
When a well-respected rabbi advocates the killing of civilians and the destruction of holy sites in time of war, one must ask what makes him different from Muslim extremists. Further, what do we say in response to this?
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Storms, Fear and Faith
Life with God does not make a person immune from health storms, family storms, school storms, work storms, or any other storms. Life can, life does, and life will become stormy. Faith in God will not change that reality.
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Obama's Visit to Muslim Countries Sows Seeds for Peace
Obama's Visit to Muslim Countries Sows Seeds for Peace
President Obama's trip to predominantly Muslim nations in the Middle East holds historic promise. Every Christian can only pray that Obama's trip sows seeds that will bear fruit of a hundred-fold for peace.
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Obama Models Interfaith Theology in Cairo Speech, Calls for Interfaith Service
Obama Models Interfaith Theology in Cairo Speech, Calls for Interfaith Service
President Barack Obama spoke as a public theologian in Cairo, calling for us to go beyond interfaith dialogue and to pursue interfaith service. He deserves applause from people of faith—Christians, Muslims and Jews.
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 Christian Sunday School Class Fosters Healthy Talk About Islam
Christian Sunday School Class Fosters Healthy Talk About Islam
Spurred by a discussion about how Christians should view other religions, we talked about Islam in Sunday School. Without negating points about which Christians and Muslims would disagree, I sought to counter stereotypes.
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Meeting the Father of Jesus in Washington, Expanding the National Vocabulary
Meeting the Father of Jesus in Washington, Expanding the National Vocabulary
The last place one would expect to meet the father of Jesus is in a Washington, D.C., office shoehorned between the Supreme Court and the Dirksen Senate Office Building. But meet him I did. And he is a Muslim.
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More Than Tolerance Needed to Achieve Interfaith Integration
More Than Tolerance Needed to Achieve Interfaith Integration
More than half of all Americans have a "live and let live" attitude toward people of other faiths, a Gallup poll found. Several Baptist leaders said tolerance alone won't lead to the real interfaith integration that America needs.
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Survey Yields Seemingly Perplexing Finding on Jewish Faith
Survey Yields Seemingly Perplexing Finding on Jewish Faith
A survey commissioned to measure Jewish spirituality among American Jews found that those with one or no Jewish parents were more spiritual than those with two Jewish parents.
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Anti-Muslim Immigration Video Spreads Fear, Distorts Truth
Anti-Muslim Immigration Video Spreads Fear, Distorts Truth
“Muslim Demographics," a fear-mongering, fact-distorting video on YouTube, has gone viral with almost 5 million views thanks to conservative Christians who are posting it on their blogs and e-mailing links to their church friends.
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Earliest Baptist Advocated Religious Liberty for Muslims
Earliest Baptist Advocated Religious Liberty for Muslims
When the Ottoman Empire was an expansionistic power, threatening Christian-dominated Europe, a little-known Baptist layman advocated religious liberty for Muslims to the king of England, who was no friend of religious diversity.
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I Myself
But when the pains of contractions begin there is a complete and utter disruption of life-as-usual. Chaos prevails, not order. Panic, not reason. Other plans have been made; they’ll have to be pushed aside. Something larger and stronger – something inevitable and unchangeable – is now in charge. The birth will occur – not neatly, not logically or in straightforward fashion – but in “messy waves of fear and pain, plateaus of waiting and spikes of recognition and joy that culminate in new life.”
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'Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain'
'Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain'
"Cities of Light" is a 47-minute documentary showing how Islamic Spain bloomed—as a result of interfaith cooperation, the documentary argues—while Europe lay in the Dark Ages. (Photo: Unity Productions Foundation)
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Faith Conquers Far Right's Fear-Inducing Propaganda
Faith Conquers Far Right's Fear-Inducing Propaganda
Far right commentators often rely on fear to fuel their political agendas. History, however, has shown that this path leads to isolationism and hate-filled violence. Faith in God can defeat the manipulative power of fear.
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Pastor: Baptists in Gaza Caught Between 'Two Fires'
Pastor: Baptists in Gaza Caught Between 'Two Fires'
Baptists and other Christians in Gaza lived side by side with their Muslim neighbors in love and respect until six years ago. Today, they are caught between the Israeli attacks on Gaza and attacks from militant Muslims.
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In the Minority, Lebanese Baptists Take Message to Arab World
In the Minority, Lebanese Baptists Take Message to Arab World
The Baptist movement in Lebanon began more than a century ago when a Lebanese photographer visited a Baptist church in St. Louis. Today, its ministries include a seminary, publishing house, school and a community-relief organization.
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Be Careful What You Ask For
We ask Jesus to come to us and show us his wounds, to prove to us that he is alive and is willing to invest himself in who we are and what we do. We want to know for certain that Jesus will walk with us and encourage us in our faith and in the journey of life. We ask for Jesus to do this, and because he is One who loves us beyond all human abilities to measure, he walks up to us, shows us the wounds in his hands, reveals to us the gash in his side, and in his woundedness he says to us, “Follow me.”
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Obama Abroad Communicates America's Best Traditions, not Political Correctness
Obama Abroad Communicates America's Best Traditions, not Political Correctness
When President Obama claimed in Turkey that we Americans "do not consider ourselves a Christian nation," a right-wing brouhaha ensued. They set aside the fact that Obama has repeatedly extolled the value of faith in politics.
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The Rebirth of Hope
Follow Mark’s example and share your faith. Tell them what the empty tomb means to you. Talk about your faith in a loving God who walks every step of your journey with you providing the strength, courage, wisdom and confidence you need to endure and overcome life’s hardships. Be specific and tell them about a time in your life when God took the worst circumstance in your life and made good come from it. Tell them about the re-birth of your faith.
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Obama Speaks About Islam in Turkey, Baptists and Muslims Speak Together in Oklahoma
Obama Speaks About Islam in Turkey, Baptists and Muslims Speak Together in Oklahoma
When President Barack Obama addressed the Turkish Parliament and said the United States was not at war against Islam, I was in Oklahoma preparing to interview Muslims.
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Baptists and Muslim Scholars Meet in Jordan
Baptists and Muslim Scholars Meet in Jordan
The Baptist World Alliance convened a number of Christian and religious groups in Amman, Jordan, to discuss common interests and to review plans surrounding the official opening and dedication of the Baptism Center in Bethany beyond Jordan.
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Firebombing of Mosque in Rural Tennessee Sparks Baptist-Muslim Interface
Firebombing of Mosque in Rural Tennessee Sparks Baptist-Muslim Interface
The popular perception is that there is no constructive relationship between Baptists and Muslims in the United States. Why is that? Why is there so little recognized relationship between goodwill Baptists and Muslims?
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I Am Not Open-Minded
I Am Not Open-Minded
I do not for a moment imagine that any book is divinely revealed; that any religion is anything other than a human creation serving the socio-economic and political desires of those who created it and gain power and authority from it; or that any idea about god is God.
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If a Religion Must Lie, It Must Die
If a Religion Must Lie, It Must Die
While I do not believe it is possible to package the truth, I do believe it is possible to point us toward it. That is what religion should do, both theologically and institutionally. If a religion has to lie in order to survive, it is time for that religion to die.
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Sweep Away Palestinian Stereotypes: Part Two
In January 2008 I received an e-mail from a distraught former student informing me that Jimmy Carter’s book, Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid, a Christmas gift she had given her grandfather, was dismissed as a misguided treatise and unfair criticism of Israel.
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Sweep Away Palestinian Stereotypes: Part One
The purpose of this essay is not to air a laundry list of serious errors in judgment infracted by some over the years. Rather, it is intended to help shed light on and perhaps assist in sweeping away some of the cobwebs and pre-conceived notions most Americans have about Palestinians.
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Baptist-Muslim Relations
A collection of resources on Baptist-Muslim relations.
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Palestinian Christian Considers Gaza Turmoil: Part One
The recent events in Gaza are a horrific example of democracy at work, according to Raouf Halaby. But the implementation of democracy in this case grates against the American ideal like fingernails on a chalkboard.
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Baptists and Muslims Pledge to Continue Dialogue
Baptist and Muslim participants at the first national Muslim-Baptist dialogue left with a desire to continue efforts to learn more about those of the other faith and find areas of common ground.
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Where Would Darwin Davven?
Darwin wouldn’t daven anywhere, since davvenen (prayer) is a Jewish form of worship and Darwin was a Christian. But let’s not be so narrow. The real question is: Where can a scientifically sophisticated thinking Jew go to experience a liturgy that does not insult her intelligence?
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Baptists and Muslims Must Know Each Other, Panelists Say
Baptists and Muslims must get to know each other and overcome ignorance and misinformation. That was the dominant message from both Baptist and Muslim presenters at the first national Muslim-Baptist dialogue held Jan. 9-11 at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Mass.
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Muslim Leader Asks for Help from Baptists
Muslim leader Sayyid Syeed told Baptists and Muslims on Friday night at the opening session of the first national dialogue between two faiths in the Abrahamic tradition that his religion needed the help of Baptists in America.
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American Muslim, Baptist Leaders Hold Groundbreaking Meeting
Around 80 Baptist and Muslim leaders from across the nation gathered in Boston for a first-of-its-kind dialogue Jan. 9-11 in hopes of furthering mutual understanding and discovering areas of common ground. Held at the Islamic Center of Boston and Andover Newton Theological School, the meeting included presentations, breakout discussion sessions, worship services and fellowship times.
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Baptism Center in Jordan to Open in March
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) will lead a service of dedication for the new Baptism Center in Jordan at its official opening on March 20, 2009.
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BWA Responds to Letter from Muslim Leaders
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) has issued a formal response to "A Common Word Between Us and You," a letter written by 138 Muslim leaders and scholars that appealed for Christians and Muslims to cooperate in engendering peace and religious freedom.
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Memo to Obama
While no government can or should provide us with happiness, our government can and should free us to pursue it.
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Pursue Learning
Judaism is going through a spiritual renaissance, but I worry that our quest for the mystical is at the cost of the intellectual. Jews want to chant and meditate, rather than learn how to creatively misread Torah in order to midwife new wisdom from ancient texts. And when they do study Torah they are apt to defend the text, and to accept simplistic answers rather than ask deep philosophical questions.
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Global Violence Rooted in More Than Religion
Violence is the byproduct of religion plus politics, not religion alone. Even if one could imagine a world without religion, one can hardly imagine a world without politics. The striving for power surely deserves as much credit for the recent riots in Jos, Nigeria, as does the dogma of competing faith groups. Yet, all too often, news reports explain violence in terms of faith clashes.
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Jordan's Queen Honored as a YouTube 'Visionary'
Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan is the inaugural recipient of YouTube's Visionary Award for her work combating stereotypes and bridging gaps of understanding.
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Jordan's Queen Honored as a YouTube 'Visionary'
Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan is the inaugural recipient of YouTube's Visionary Award for her work combating stereotypes and bridging gaps of understanding.
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Virginia Baptists Play Key Role in Rejecting Rezoning for Mosque
The southern cradle of Baptist religious liberty voted last week against religious liberty for Muslims, and thereby, for the prevailing cultural establishment of Christianity.
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Revive Judaism in India
Jews have lived in India since the time of the Buddha, some 2,500 years ago. While this link does nothing to explain the popularity of Buddhism among Jews (the Buddha lived in northern India, the Jews, of course, preferred to live in the south), it does make it all the more sad that the Jewish community in India is on the verge of collapse. Especially in Calcutta where the last remaining handful of Jews will be gone within a generation.
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Survive the Apocalypse With Humanity Intact
The voice of fear will argue for a fixed pie, a world of limited resources, and the need to grab as much as we can as fast as we can, others be damned. The voice of love will speak of a renewable world where life is best served by doing less with less rather than more with more.
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Islamic Religious Personality Plans Reality Show
"Khaled, 40, is among a new breed of media-savvy Muslim clerics who have taken to the stage and are beaming messages to millions across the Middle East on a series of dedicated pan-Arab TV shows and channels," according to a recent Variety story.
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'Islam in America'
"Islam in America" doesn't get distracted by the deep-seated fear and hatred that exists between the United States and other parts of the world. No--"Islam in America" is about another Abrahamic faith community on these shores.
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'Hit a Jew Day' Isn't New
I recently learned of a new Jewish holiday about which I knew absolutely nothing. It's called "Hit a Jew Day."
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If Hindus Threaten Christians, the World Is Lost
We need a movement that will stand up to the god-inflamed madness that takes over the hearts and minds of millions, and hold up the idea of human dignity and the worth and sanctity of every human being. Not an interfaith movement that pretends religion is at its heart liberal and welcoming, but a spiritual movement that decries the insanity of organized religion and the evil it so often instigates and supports.
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What Do Islamic Women Want?
The question of what Islamic women want is asked in the larger context of who speaks for Islam, which raises these questions: What do a billion Muslims really think? How does one answer such questions? Who would dare tackle such complicated and risky questions?
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One Nation, Four Gods
The Culture War, in fact, is not really a conflict pitting secularists and atheists against theists and people of faith, but rather a civil war among theists. The Culture War is a theological war over competing ideas of God.
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Islamic Creationist Links Terrorism to Darwinism
Muslim terrorists are Darwinists, according to Adnan Oktar, an Islamic believer and a prominent creationist in Turkey, who wants to eradicate Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
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Attack on Mosque Possibly Linked to Distribution of Controversial Anti-Muslim Film
Muslim leaders in Dayton, Ohio, said they don't know why anyone would disrupt a Friday night Ramadan service by spraying an unknown irritant into a mosque and forcing about 300 worshippers out of the building and into the street with burning eyes and throats. But the attack coincided with mass distribution in presidential swing states of a controversial DVD about Islamic terrorism.
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Thumbs Up for President Bush
President Bush deserves a word of thanks from goodwill Baptists for his inclusive approach to one of the three religions in the Abrahamic faith tradition. For the past eight years, he has hosted in the White House an annual Iftaar dinner, a meal after sunset that breaks the daily fast for Muslims during Ramadan. He has shown the world the good side of people of faith.
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Must-Watch Thriller Weaves Together Muslim-Baptist Narratives
An action thriller ripping across three continents has a storyline about the son of an Islamic cleric, who displays admirable piety and wrestles with moral ambiguity, and the son of a Baptist preacher, who discloses a minimalist faith. One seeks God's will; the other says he believes in God without letting faith trouble his actions. One is black; the other is white. Both are Americans.
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Must-Watch Thriller Weaves Together Muslim-Baptist Narratives
An action thriller ripping across three continents has a storyline about the son of an Islamic cleric, who displays admirable piety and wrestles with moral ambiguity, and the son of a Baptist preacher, who discloses a minimalist faith. One seeks God's will; the other says he believes in God without letting faith trouble his actions. One is black; the other is white. Both are Americans.
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State's Congressional Delegation Turns Down Dialogue With Muslims
I got an e-mail Wednesday morning from a Muslim friend who was distraught to discover that every member of Oklahoma's congressional delegation declined to accept his invitation to a dinner and dialogue with moderate Muslims.
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Should We Apologize for Slavery?
The question came up on an American Airlines flight from Nashville to Dallas. I was reading the September-October issue of Sojourners, a liberal Christian magazine, and my seatmate was reading over my shoulder. We were both taken with a letter to the editor that opposed an apology for slavery.
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What I Learned and Heard From Two Days Among American Muslims
The annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America was more like an annual convention of Baptists than most Baptists would want to know: leaders wrapped the will of God around appeals for funds; scripture citation was frequent; cell phones rang at inopportune times; participants were more interested in hallway fellowship than platform presentations; displays sold books, CDs, DVDs, religious trinkets and hair loss-prevention products. Some speakers were dynamic; others were pedantic. Some attendees were smartly dressed; others were casually clad.
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American Muslims Define Themselves as Americans
Two speakers—one Muslim and the other Christian—raised similar questions about being American at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North American, held over the weekend in Columbus, Ohio, questions that found parallel expressions throughout the gathering attended by a reported 30,000 Muslims and a delegation of nine Baptists.
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Ramadan, A Time For Change
Monday morning, Sept. 1, I left my hotel in Columbus, Ohio, before daybreak. The weekend at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America had been eventful and full. Not really expecting there to be anyone—or any food—in the breakfast room at such an early hour, I was amazed to enter a crowded elevator and emerge into a busy lobby and noisy dining area.
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A Baptist Statement at the Islamic Society of North America Convention
Dr. Syeed, I am honored by your invitation. I am energized about the potential to advance the common good through such a public exchange. I commend you on your proactive leadership.
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Islamic Society of North America Invites Baptist Speakers to National Meeting
The Islamic Society of North American has taken a proactive initiative to invite two Baptists to speak this weekend in Columbus, Ohio, at its annual meeting, which will draw an estimated 30,000 Muslim participants, have some 600 display booths and offer a plethora of sessions ranging from the "Thinking Outside the Mosque" to "Medical Aspects of Fasting."
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Some Baptists Must Build Trust with Muslims When Other Baptists Speak Ill of Islam
Roy Medley is one Baptist leader who thinks that when some Baptists make disparaging remarks about the Muslim faith then other Baptists have to step forward to build trust with the Islamic community.
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Baptist Theologians Reflect on Mosque-Building Boom in Germany
Muslims plan to construct over 180 mosques in Germany. The birthplace of the Protestant Reformation, Neo-Orthodoxy, Dietrich Bonheoffer's Confessing Church and Pope Benedict XVI, it is also the location of almost 1,000 Baptist churches and the Baptist World Alliance's 2008 youth conference.
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BWA Hears Reports of Injustice in the West Bank, Plight of Baptists in Darfur
Baptist World Alliance's Freedom and Justice Commission participants spoke candidly about what they had experience in visits to the West Bank, voiced deep concern about the treatment of Palestinians and discussed the need to address the problem of Christian Zionism during the BWA's annual meeting held this year in Prague, Czech Republic.
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Goodwill Baptists Share Common Future with Goodwill Muslims
When Indonesian Muslims were making intimidating phone calls and threatening churches in 1998, Muslim women at an Islamic boarding school guarded the wife of a Baptist pastor when her husband was out of the country advocating for human rights in Washington.
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BWA to Discuss Open Letter from Muslim Leaders to Christian Leaders
Global Baptists are scheduled today to discuss an open letter from 138 Muslim religious leaders to 32 Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christian leaders. Issued Oct. 13, 2007, the letter calls for finding common ground based on a shared understanding of each tradition's foundational principles of love for God and neighbor and warns that world peace depends on Christians and Muslims.
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Rock of Ages
A decade or so ago David Jeselsohn, an Israeli-Swiss antiquities collector, bought a three-foot tall stone tablet inscribed with 87 lines of Hebrew text. Mr. Jesesohn didn't know exactly what he had, but when he invited an Israeli archeologist to examine it interest in the tablet grew.
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Arab Baptist Theological Seminary Promotes Understanding Between Muslims, Christians
People from 13 different countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia took part in a June 16-20 Middle East Conference at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon, just weeks after the worst violence since the nation's 1975-1990 civil war threatened to force its cancellation.
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Is It Now OK for Presbyterians to Demonize Jews?
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a problem with me. Well, not with me personally, but with my people. No, not white men in their late 50s who still read comic books; Jews, most of whom are not white, or in their late 50s, or readers of comic books (though we do create a lot of them).
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A Rabbinic Dozen
I have been a rabbi for more than a quarter century. In that time I have learned a few things about what makes a good rabbi; things that I believe could be of value to clergy people of all stripes. Unfortunately for you, I am keeping those for my memoir. Here are 13 ideas that won't make it into my book. Feel free to pass them on to your clergy friends and neighbors.
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Middle East Conference Promotes Understanding Between Christians and Muslims
A conference next month aimed at promoting understanding between Muslims and Christians in the Middle East is going on as planned, says a Lebanese Baptist leader.
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Internet Evangelist Posts Controversial Anti-Islam Video
An American Internet evangelist who made news last year for a YouTube video featuring a toy pig named Muhammed now says he has received death threats since posting a controversial film by a Dutch filmmaker that portrays Islam as a ticking time bomb aimed at the West.
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One Nation, Over Weight
I knew I belonged in America when I recently read that we are now the Fattest Nation on Earth. That doesn't mean that our girth on the old Rand McNally is changing, but that we Americans are, by and large (yes, pun intended; I am too clever by half) the fattest people on earth.
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The Faith of Jesus Refuses the Politics of Fear
On Sept. 11, 2001, Americans entered into a daily existence that much of the world already experienced; living with the continual threat of terrorism. Yet, since that tragic day, we have been gripped by the oppressive power of fear, a fear that the media and our political leaders want to consistently bring to our attention. While appropriate measures of security are necessary to defend against violence, fear only suppresses our desire to live with a sense of hope, and it essentially leads us away from living life with faith in the face of fear.
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Pray or Prey: Take Your Pick
I was listening to NPR the other day and learned of a prayer movement called Light the Highway that runs prayer vigils along Interstate 35 from Texas to Minnesota. The group asks God to do away with systemic poverty, drug addiction and hopelessness, along with other plagues like homosexuality and abortion.
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Don't Delete My Dalit
I wish I could find just one religion without its violent wackos. I've long given up on the Abrahamic faiths, and Japanese Buddhism during World War II rules them out. So how about Hinduism?
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Leaders Promote Baptist-Muslim Dialogue
Leaders from three Baptist organizations met recently with a Muslim leader to begin discussions on ways the two faiths can work together and learn from one another.
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A Godly Constitution
If elected president of the United States Governor Mike Huckabee plans to bring the U.S. Constitution into alignment with God:
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Face-Based Religion
"God is in His Heaven, and the hypocrites are in His church." Now before you send me hate mail about being anti-Christian, I am only paraphrasing the results of a LifeWay Research survey on church affiliation. LifeWay is part of the Southern Baptist Convention headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.
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Muslim Violence, Christian Non-Violence: People in Glass Houses Should Not Throw Words
Recently, someone who had visited The American Muslim site sent me an e-mail with links to a couple of articles and asking me to explain why all the violence in the world involved Muslims.
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Religion and Science
At a news conference in November 2005, Cardinal Paul Poupard, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, defended Darwin's theory of evolution over and against Intelligent Design. "The fundamentalists want to give a scientific meaning to words that had no scientific aim," he said. The real message of Genesis is to teach us that "the universe didn't make itself and had a creator."
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Witness to Christ
As I was leaving the Opryland Hotel at the end of my volunteer shift at the 76th annual general assembly of the United Jewish Communities, an elderly man walking with his wife stopped me to ask why there were so many people wearing kippot (yarmulkes). Pointing to my kipah he said, "For a moment I thought I was in Israel."
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Reviving the Real War on Christmas
I am originally from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, home to Bunker Hill, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickenson and Mary Baker Eddy. I am proud son of Massachusetts, so it shouldn't be a surprise that I am anti-Christmas.
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Chanukah and Chutzpah
While it is common for countries and states to have their official birds and flowers, we Jews have our official attitude: chutzpah. Chutzpah is a Yiddish word meaning "extreme self confidence."
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Internet Evangelist Uses Swine to Attack Islam in Video
An American Internet evangelist entered a fray over a UK teacher jailed in Sudan for allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad with a YouTube video featuring a stuffed pig named for the Muslim prophet.
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Christians Divided Over Annapolis Peace Talks
Christians, Muslims and Jews around the world prayed for this week's Mideast peace talks in Annapolis, Md.--some for their success and others for them to fail.
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Rabbi Rambles on Rain, Righteousness
Remember Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue's prayer vigil to let God know Georgians are conserving water and should be rewarded with rain? Well it worked--sort of.
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Muslims Voice Outrage After 9/11

A year after the events of 9/11, it is still the extremist Muslim most often pictured in American media. Terrorist groups like Hamas and al Qaeda are on center stage, while the peaceful, hard-working, community-oriented Muslims in places like Kansas City are largely ignored.

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Nashville-area Pastor Calls Islam Evil, Claims it is Greatest Threat to America and Gospel

Islam threatens both the American way of life and Christianity, said a Nashville-area minister who is preaching a four-part sermon series on the evils of Islam.

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American Muslim Population Lower than Originally Thought

Contrary to earlier claims by American Islamic organizations that the number of American Muslims totaled 7 million, two new studies indicate the numbers are actually much lower.

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Americans Take Out Anger Over Attacks on Fellow Americans
Anger over the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America has delivered a double blow to one group of Americans--Muslim-Americans.
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