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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 ...

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 ...

Toledo and the Power of Love
Originally Posted: 10/04/2012 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

As we have done in Missouri, Tennessee, and New York, we will be offering a simple, biblical message in Toledo, Ohio: “Love your Muslim neighbors." A house of worship in Ohio ...

Mosque in Toledo, Ohio Scorched by Arson
Originally Posted: 10/03/2012 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

Muslim worshippers are reeling from an arson fire at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, but are grateful for an outpouring of support from the local interfaith community. TOLED ...

Faith and Rights Groups Call for Hate Crime Hearings
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

Amid a rash of recent attacks that are being investigated as hate crimes, a coalition of more than 150 organizations is calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to conduct hearings next month with the aim of ...

Muslims Brace For Tense Holiday
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Following attacks on seven U.S. mosques in the last two weeks, including three attacks last weekend, many Muslim Americans are approaching the end of Ramadan on Aug. 19 under a cloud of fear as Muslim groups t ...

Joplin Mosque Destroyed in Blaze; Second Fire This Summer
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

A Joplin, Mo., mosque has again been the target of a "suspicious" fire, according to the Joplin Globe. The Islamic Society of Joplin reported on Monday the second fire this summer — this one engulfin ...

Christians Need To Love their Muslim Neighbors
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

By protecting the rights of American Muslims to worship in the United States, we provide a powerful witness to those countries where Christian minorities face attack and persecution. ...

Muslims, Christians, and Hope for a Peaceful Future
Originally Posted: 09/18/2012 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

The world needs peace, and members of the two biggest world religions need to play a major role in defining the future of the world. If we promote war and strife in our lives and teaching, violence and bloodsh ...

FBI Investigating Second Fire at Missouri Mosque
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

From the Associated Press via STLToday.com: JOPLIN, Mo. — The FBI has joined an investigation into the second fire at a Joplin mosque in four years. The blaze early Wednesday burned a 4-by-6-foot section of shingles atop the Islamic Socie ...

Pool of American Imams Too Small to Meet Demand
Originally Posted: 06/25/2012 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

American-born imams are nearly impossible to find. SHARON, Mass. — The Islamic Center of New England has always been led by imams born outside America. The two-campus mos ...

Filmmaker Switches Sides, Now Opposes Mosque
Originally Posted: 06/22/2012 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

An outspoken supporter of a planned mosque that has sparked opposition in Murfreesboro, Tenn., has switched sides and joined the anti-Islam movement. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An outspo ...

Members of Mosque Under FBI Scrutiny Say They're Being Pushed to Adopt Americanized Islam
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

In the past two years, the FBI has placed at least five men with affiliations to the mosque, including its longtime religious leader, on the nation's no-fly list, a roster of suspected terrorists barred f ...

Legal Action Brings Tennessee Mosque Construction to Standstill
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

Judge rules to halt construction on a Tennessee mosque. CNN  reports: The long-running battle between a Tennessee Muslim community and its critics over a new mosque to ...

NYPD’s Muslim Surveillance Extended Well Beyond New York
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

NEWARK, N.J. — The report was stamped top secret. Inside was a confidential dossier compiled by the New York Police Department documenting "locations of concern" in Newark -- the city's 44 mosqu ...

Lowes, Lowes, Lowes ...
Originally Posted: 12/15/2011 - 6:25pm | Type: Blog

Lowes pulled its ad dollars from a show that aims to tighten the tapestry we call America because of a faux controversy drummed up by a hate group that said, through its claims of “propaganda," that it� ...

I Am the 9/11 Generation
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

(This morning's view of Ground Zero from Sojourners and the World Evangelical Alliance's press conference.) (This morning's view of Ground Zero from S ...

A Tennessee Church Welcomes its Muslim Neighbors
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Rev. Steve Stone was just trying to be a good neighbor. Rev. Steve Stone was just trying to be a good neighbor. Two years ago, the pastor of Heartsong Church in Cordova, Tenne ...

Revisiting Rwanda: Finding the Truth After Genocide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the documentary <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJU-zBKe4uI" target="_blank">Earth Made of Glass</a></em>, director Deborah Scranton weaves together t ...

Rep. King is Saying 'No' in the Face of Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">At the climax of <em>The King's Speech</em>, I held my breath with the rest of the packed audience and hoped to God that history was kind to King G ...

Jon Stewart's Misguided Rally to Restore Sanity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

While I regularly watch <em>The Daily Show</em> and think its political satire is second to none, the Rally to Restore Sanity that was held on the Mall in Washington, D.C. ...

Stanley Hauerwas on Glenn Beck and More
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

What do Cornel West, Rita Nakashima Brock, Carol Rose, and Onleilove Alston have in common? What do Cornel West, Rita Nakashima Brock, Carol Rose, and Onleilove Alston have in com ...

Faith in the Park51 Muslim Community Center
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Faith cannot exist without doubt. The lack of certainty enables us to engage in the holy, human endeavor of believing when we do not have empirical proof. Faith cannot exist witho ...

What Constitutes Sacred Space at Ground Zero?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Close to nine years after the attacks on September 11, Lower Manhattan remains plagued by the sight of a gaping hole where the Twin Towers once stood. Close to nine years after th ...

American Muslims Are Not Responsible for 9/11
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

For the sake of resting my soul, while I was on vacation with my wife and boys, I was sure not to watch any cable news. For the sake of resting my soul, while I was on vacation wi ...

For They Shall be Called Children of God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In Sunday school many many years ago, I learned the Beatitudes. In Sunday school many many years ago, I learned the Beatitudes. And I think that my very favorite one has always be ...

Football and Ramadan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

All around the United States, high school and college football teams are beginning to practice for the fall season. All around the United States, high school and college footba ...

The Implications of Calling Cordoba House a "Mosque"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Islam did not attack America on Sept. 11 -- terrorists did. Islam did not attack America on Sept. 11 -- terrorists did. Peace-loving, law-abiding American Muslims suffered losses ...

Loving in Spirit and in Truth: In Support of the Cordoba House (Part II)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a courageous and intelligent woman. Born in Somalia, she immigrated to the Netherlands in 1992. She served in the Dutch parliament from 2003- 2006. Ayaan Hi ...

Mosques, Churches, Terror, and Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes space is warranted. We need boundaries when relationships are difficult. Sometimes space is warranted. We need boundaries when relationships are difficult. We set up par ...

In Support of the Cordoba House (Part I)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the story of Jesus' conversation with the Samaritan woman at the Well of Sychar, we see a man and a woman from two different tribes that hate each other. In the story of J ...

Get Hateful Ads Off the Bus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When I saw news reports about <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38633928/ns/us_news">bus ads protesting</a> the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/05/who-wins-when-the-u-s-r ...

Has Hate Corrupted the Church?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As a writer with a public blog, I've become used to getting hate emails. Sure, some people might leave offensive comments on a blog, but the real vitriol gets reserved for emails. ...

Forgiveness, Fear, and the Mosque at Ground Zero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I've become used to seeing images of protests on the news recently. I've become used to seeing images of protests on the news recently. While a few years ago these were ...

War is Still Not the Answer -- Even with Better Rules
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The U.S. The U.S. offensive against Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004 involved heavy use of airstrikes and artillery bombardments which destroyed some 60 mosques, as many as 10,000 building ...

The Mosque in Morgantown: Finding Our Religion within American Pluralism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In March, I had lunch with Asra Nomani at Sticky Fingers, the vegan bakery across from the Sojourners office. In March, I had lunch with Asra Nomani at Sticky Fingers, the vegan b ...

Remembering Stories: A Grassroots View from the Middle East, Part 1
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>When President Obama was giving his speech in Cairo, I was just across the Red Sea in Aqaba, Jordan, and caught a glimpse on a corner store TV, the translation making it hard to hear his words. ...