Politics

Author Farah Pandith on how to win the war against the bad guys

Farah Pandith served as the first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities, appointed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009. In this role, she created Generation Change, which gathered young “change makers” together to work on issues such as violent extremism; Viral Peace, an online counter-extremism initiative; and Hours Against Hate, a…

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The baffling argument that has become mainstream under Trump: ‘Islam is not a religion’

Anxiety and fear were palpable among American Muslims last week after the mass slaughter in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand: Would a violent attacker enter their mosque, too? But even in their moment of vulnerability, one lawmaker insisted Muslims were the “real cause of bloodshed.” Fraser Anning, a senator…

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The Rise of the alt.Muslim*

*The author here discusses a phenomenon in the Muslim community somewhat akin to the alt-Right phenomenon. His essay in no way refers to or implicates altMuslimah (“altM”). The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States ushered in many changes. While one may have expected some type…

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Thoughts from a Muslim chaplain: A spiritually conscientious objection to Kavanaugh’s confirmation

Last week Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to be a life-long member of the highest legal court of arguably the most the most powerful country in the world—he was chosen as a United States Supreme Court justice.  From almost any spiritual or faith-based perspective, this appointment corrodes the soul of the…

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