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Weekly Wrap 10.10.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 10/10/2014 - 5:24pm | Type: Blog

1. A Fitting Nobel for Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi “The Nobel committee has given an award to a seventeen-year-old, the youngest Peace Prize laureate ever. In one way, that is an act of faith about ...

Islam and the Mother Lode of Bad Ideas: The Bill Maher, Sam Harris, and Ben Affleck Debate
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

I agree with Bill Maher and Sam Harris that we have to criticize bad ideas. But the “mother lode of bad ideas” doesn’t come from Islam. That’s an arrogant claim that will only kindle the spirit of violence and ...

Atheists Tweet More Often than Muslims, Jews, Christians, Study Shows
Originally Posted: 10/06/2014 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

A new study of Twitter finds that self-identified religious users are more likely to tweet to members of their own faith than to members of a different one. The study examined people whose Twitter profiles ide ...

Muslim Inmate Takes His Case for a Beard to the Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

It’s not every day that a coalition of legal minds is rooting for a violent inmate convicted of stabbing his girlfriend in the neck. It’s not every day that a coalition of legal m ...

Muslim Scholars Tell Islamic State: You Don’t Understand Islam
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

More than 120 Muslim scholars from around the world joined an open letter to the “fighters and followers” of the Islamic State, denouncing them as un-Islamic by using the most Islamic of terms. ...

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Draws Criticism from Fellow Atheists at Yale
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

A campus appearance by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the outspoken Muslim-turned-atheist activist, is being challenged again, this time at Yale University where she is scheduled to speak Sept. 15. ...

Regensburg Redux: Was Pope Benedict XVI Right About Islam?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Eight years ago this Sept. 12, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a lecture at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria in which he seemed to diagnose Islam as a religion inherently flawed by fanaticism. It was an undiplomatic assertion, to say the least — e ...

In Ferguson, Nation of Islam Members Push for Peace
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

All acknowledge that the Nation of Islam has been a key player since the very beginning of the Ferguson protests. FERGUSON, Mo. — Ever since Michael Brown, a young, unarmed Africa ...

Imam Mujahid Congratulates Rabbi Saperstein
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 4:36pm | Type: Press

July 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Council for a Parliament of the Worl ...

World War I at 100: New Books Examine the Battle of Beliefs Behind the 'Great War'
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Some called it “The Great War.” Others called it “The War to End All Wars.” History proves it was neither. Some called it “The Great War.” Others called it “The War to End All War ...

Muslim and Anti-Muslim Bus Ads Battle Heads to Round 3
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

A Christian, a Muslim, and a Jew turn up together on a Washington, D.C., bus. It’s no joke. They’re the faces of a new ad campaign by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil liberties group. ...

Muslim and Anti-Muslim Groups Go to War in Bus, Print Ads
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

A public opinion war on Middle East politics is playing out this spring in new advertising campaigns on public buses and in newspapers. A public opinion war on Middle East politic ...

Who is Allah? #BringBackOurGirls
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Boko Haram’s abduction of these innocent girls is the bastardization of Islam because it is the bastardization of Allah. To justify abducting and selling young girls into slavery in the name of Allah is to red ...

Did Jesus Pray to Allah?
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 9:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan McAnnally-Linz Miroslav Volf Several nations have recently banned non-Muslims fro ...

COMMENTARY: The Clear Anti-Muslim Bias Behind Anti-Shariah Laws
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 6:06pm | Type: Blog

For the fourth year running, Florida is trying to outlaw the use of foreign and international law in state courts. Foreign law bans are back. For the fourth year running,  Fl ...

Three Worlds Collide in 'Jerusalem,' the City and the Film
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

When the producers of Jerusalem, a new movie for IMAX and other giant screen theaters, decided to approach the topic, they wanted to bring a fresh perspective to the long history. ...

American Jews Say Others Face More Discrimination
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

y they face discrimination in the U.S., but they see Muslims, gays, and blacks facing far more. American Jews say they face discrimination in the U.S., but they see Muslims, gays, ...

WATCH: 'There's Nothing Faithful About Torture'
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Sojourners supports the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). NRCAT recently released five Youtube videos to counter the claims found in pop-culture that torture is acceptable. ...

Malala Yousafzai and the Tradition of Islamic Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

Christians like myself must hear our Muslim brothers and sisters’ call for nonviolence as a result of their faith, not as a contradiction of their faith. Malala Yousafzai has capt ...

Mapping Gandhi's Faith Journey
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel How did a skinny, shy, middle-class Indian come to lead one of history's great liberation struggles? ...

Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws to Require Death Sentence for False Accusers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Pakistan’s constitutionally mandated Council of Islamic Ideology told the government anyone who wrongly accuses a person of blasphemy against Islam must be executed — a measure intended to protect innocent peo ...

Denim Burqa Ad: Bold or Insulting?
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Islamophobic or empowering? Those are among the reactions to a new Diesel jeans ad featuring a heavily tattooed, topless white woman wearing a redesigned, denim burqa. Islamophobi ...

New Comedic Documentary Explores Muslims in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Muslim stand-up comedy is nothing new. But what makes “The Muslims Are Coming” different is that it portrays what happens when a troupe of comedians performs before red state Americans in such places as Tennes ...

Muslim Mother Seeks Justice for the Son She Lost on 9/11
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

It’s been five years now that Talat Hamdani has been able to talk about her son without crying, but she still prefers mostly not to tell his story. It’s been five years now that T ...

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Burning Qurans
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Mike Ghouse is bringing his 10th annual “Unity Day USA” to the same Florida town where the pastor has threatened to burn the Qurans. Three years ago, a nobody from nowhere got fa ...

Commentary: Don’t Surrender Islam to the Islamists
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

As a Muslim, I refuse to give up Islam to the Islamists. So should others who believe in a deeply pluralistic Islam of the sort my Indian-born grandparents taught. It is the only path to peaceful resolution of ...

Newest ‘Values Voters’ Adversary to America: The Emergent Church
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

Christian conservatives who think Satan is using communism and Islam to bring down America can add a new “adversary” to the list: the Emergent Church movement. Christian conservat ...

Keep Doomsday Religion Out of the Syrian Conflict
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons at the outskirts of Damascus and President Obama mulls a U.S. military response, some theologians hope for an alarming endgame to the 30-month-long Syr ...

N.C. Governor Allows Anti-Shariah Bill to Become Law
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

Lawyers specializing in Islamic law said such legislation could make it harder for Muslim women married in Islamic countries under Shariah law to obtain alimony and child support payments because husbands will ...

PBS' Series 'Life of Muhammad' May Surprise Viewers
Originally Posted: 08/16/2013 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

He’s born poor. By age 6, he’s an orphan. Two years later, he loses his grandfather. Yet he overcomes his circumstances, develops a reputation for business integrity and progressive views on marriage. Then he ...

What Imams Talk About During Eid
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 5:45pm | Type: Blog

Eid, which follows the Muslim fast of Ramadan, is a time when Muslims are supposed to unite, forgive grievances, and contribute to charity. In a sign of their growing numbers, many congregations held two or th ...

Islam, Terror Threats, and a God of Power
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 5:34pm | Type: Blog

On Sunday, CNN published an article by Peter Bergen titled “What’s behind the timing of the terror threat?” U.S. embassies in the Middle East and North Africa have been closed since last Saturday due to terror ...

Pope Pens Personal Message to Muslims at Ramadan’s End
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

In message published on Friday, Pope Francis took the rare step of personally expressing his “esteem and friendship” to the world’s Muslims as they prepare to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fast. ...

Reza Aslan Defends Controversial New Book on Jesus
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

Aslan said he wants to show the power of Jesus as a flesh-and-blood human being, rather than the savior of the world. That Jesus has gotten lost in 2,000 years of church history, he said. ...

Do Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor: The Surfer Boy and the Receptionist
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

What’s sinful is comparing Christianity with other religions in a way that is dishonest, untrue, or misrepresents other religions or the followers of those other religions. In other words, it is a sin to bear ...

Ramadan, a Shared Table, and Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

As I often say, as followers of Jesus, we have no choice but to move toward relationships with those who are marginalized, dehumanized, and in need of love. We don’t compromise our faith by hanging out with pe ...

Shariah 101: What Is It and Why Do States Want to Ban It?
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill to prohibit judges from considering “foreign laws” in their decisions, but nearly everyone agrees that “foreign laws” really means Shariah, or Islamic law. ...

Heat Poses Challenge to Muslims Fasting During Ramadan
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

The annual 30-day fast known as Ramadan, one of Islam’s five pillars, began Tuesday and requires that believers forgo food and drink. At this time of year, that means 15 hours of parched throats and unquenched ...

The LGBT Gap, By Religion
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

We all know that when it comes to the acceptance of LGBT folks, religions differ. But what the religions communicate, and how the people in the pews actually feel, are not the same. ...

Online Muslim Forums Foster Tolerance and Fuel Vitriol
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

Amid calls to get more Muslims using the Internet, experts who have studied Muslims online caution that the virtual Islamic community can be a “double-edged sword.” Amid calls to ...

Citing Risk to Adoptions, Missouri Gov. Vetoes Anti-Shariah Bill
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have made his state the seventh in the nation to prohibit judges from considering Shariah, or Islamic law, and other “foreign laws” in their decisions. ...

Poll: U.S. Muslims More Moderate Than Muslims Worldwide
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Muslims in America are much less inclined to support suicide bombing than other Muslims abroad, and are more likely to believe that people of other faiths can attain eternal life in heaven, according to a new ...

Post-Boston Bombings, Female Converts to Islam Face Growing Scrutiny
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

Converts to Islam are as diverse as the rest of America, racially and ethnically, as well as in their interpretations of the faith. Some female converts wear a headscarf; some don’t. What they share is the per ...

Atheists Rally Around Jailed Bangladeshi Bloggers
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

An international consortium of nonbelievers is planning rallies Thursday outside Bangladeshi embassies and consulates to demand the release of several Bangladeshi bloggers who were arrested on charges of blasp ...

Boston Mosque Says Bombing Suspect Had Outbursts But Wasn’t Violent
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

Leaders at the Islamic Society of Boston‘s mosque in Cambridge say Tsarnaev, 26, who died early Friday after a shootout with police, “disagreed with the moderate American-Islamic theology” of the mosque, but t ...

Muslim Leaders: We Stand Against Terrorism
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

As the manhunt intensified in and around Boston, Muslim leaders convened a press conference Friday to denounce the attacks and to urge the media not to link their faith with violent extremism. ...

Whatever Happened to the “Common Good”?
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 12:03pm | Type: Press

April 4, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Lego Says Its Jabba the Hutt Set Isn’t Anti-Muslim
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

Lego is defending its “Star Wars”-based Jabba the Hutt toy set after a Turkish cultural group said it promulgates negative stereotypes of Muslims. Lego is defending its “Star Wa ...

Judge Rejects Bid to Withdraw Guilty Plea in Mosque Arson
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

A federal judge on Thursday denied an Indiana man’s request to withdraw his guilty plea in an arson blaze last September at a Toledo-area mosque. A federal judge on Thursday den ...

Pope Francis Calls for Intensified Dialogue with Muslims
Originally Posted: 03/22/2013 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Friday called for more intense dialogue between religious leaders, particularly Muslims, as he tries to recalibrate relations between the world’s two largest religious groups. ...