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Kenya Cracks Down on Al-Shabab Funding and Recruitment After Garissa Attack
Originally Posted: 04/10/2015 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

This week, Kenya froze the accounts of 85 groups and individuals, including bus companies and Muslim rights organizations, allegedly linked to the group. Faced with a fierce enemy ...

Boko Haram Pledges Loyalty to Islamic State
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Boko Haram’s leader has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in a new audio message, according to a group that monitors extremist activity. Boko Haram’s leader has pledged all ...

Torturous Logic
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis As servants of a Lord who was tortured to death, we must commit to healing the wounds we have inflicted.  ...

Christian Pathos vs. ISIS Pathos
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 11:21am | Type: Press

March 3, 2015 Sojo in the News Carole Ganim ...

Bill O’Reilly Battles It Out With Liberal Pastor Over ‘Holy War’ and the Islamic State
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 11:10am | Type: Press

February 20, 2015 Sojo in the News Billy Hallowell ...

It Takes a Life Cult to Beat a Death Cult
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 10:56am | Type: Press

February 23, 2015 Sojo in the News John Grant ...

Obama: Alleged War on Islam Is ‘An Ugly Lie’
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

President Obama said Feb. 19 that governments across the globe are obligated to confront the “warped ideologies” that lead to terrorism, “especially their attempt to use Islam to justify their violence.” ...

New Government Program to Root Out Extremists Is Seriously Flawed
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

Clothed in the language of community policing, the effort sounds like a kinder, gentler alternative to the well-documented surveillance of American Muslims. As my kids have grown ...

Obama: No Religion Responsible for Terrorism
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

President Obama said Feb. 19 he doesn’t use terms like Islamic extremism because doing so would promote the false idea of a Western war with Islam, which would help extremists recruit more terrorists. ...

Pope Francis Condemns Islamic State’s Executions of Christians in Libya
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Feb. 16 denounced the brutal slayings of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya by militants linked to the Islamic State, saying “they were assassinated just for being Christian.” ...

Drones Make War Too Easy, Too Remote, Faith Leaders Say
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

For the Obama administration and the Bush administration before it, drone strikes kill terrorists before terrorists can kill innocents, and the strikes keep American soldiers out of harm’s way. ...

Terrorism In The Name Of Religion Is Blasphemy: Rev. Jim Wallis
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 11:55am | Type: Press

January 23, 2015 Sojo in the News Carol Kuruvilla ...

Je Suis … [?] How People of Faith Should Respond to Paris
Originally Posted: 01/15/2015 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

While the tenet of freedom of speech has been invoked throughout the media coverage of the attacks, the religious implications here run much deeper. They are about how we in the faith community should respond ...

4 Things You Need to Know About Terrorism and Religion
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Here are four things you need to know about the relationship between the archaic sacred and violence and how that relationship threatens our world. After my article on the ter ...

Which Terrorism Matters?
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

It is not primarily American or European citizens who are losing their lives and livelihoods in the global terror epidemic. The narrative of the “Global War on Terror” has been sh ...

Charlie Hebdo: Comedy As an Act of Courage
Originally Posted: 01/09/2015 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

On a recent episode of The Daily Show, however, he took a more sober tone when talking about the slaughter in the headquarters of the French satire magazine, Charlie Hebdo. One comment in particular that he ma ...

The Violence at Charlie Hebdo: A Sacred Tragedy
Originally Posted: 01/08/2015 - 5:48pm | Type: Blog

The tragic death of twelve people at the French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo begs for our understanding. The tragic death of twelve people at the French weekly newspaper Charl ...

Muslims on Edge after Paris Terrorist Attack on Satirical Magazine
Originally Posted: 01/08/2015 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

Europe is no stranger to terrorist attacks. Bombings in Spain and Britain killed and injured hundreds of people a decade ago. Algerian Islamists also targeted France in the 1990s. ...

Shooting in Paris: 12 Dead After Attack on Satirical Magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’
Originally Posted: 01/07/2015 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

Armed with AK-47s and a rocket-launcher, three masked attackers opened fire in the office of a French newspaper, killing two police officers and ten staff. Armed with AK-47s and a ...

Terrorists Win: 'The Interview,' North Korea, and the Tragic Irony of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

This conflict is fundamentally about violence. And the truth about violence is that it puts us all on the same level of morality. North Korea and the United States are enslaved to the same logic of violence. W ...

N.Y.P.D. Officer Cleared in the Choking of Eric Garner
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

Just over one week after a grand jury elected not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, a Staten Island grand jury has cleared an NYPD police officer of any criminal charge in the death of ...

Running from ISIS
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

I found the courage and fortitude of these displaced Iraqi Christians inspiring. Despite the hardships they faced and the daunting challenge of creating a new life in a new land, they remain faithful. ...

On Being A Muslim Parent
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Would his first taste of Islamaphobia come at the age of 5 during show-and-tell.  LAST YEAR, as I ...

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 ...

Why Do Westerners Join ISIS?
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

Why do they join? Is it religious devotion? Psychological imbalance? Tendency toward radical movements and anarchy? All of these motivations may play a part, but my argument is that these men and women who lea ...

How Christians Reject Jesus: On Violence and ISIS
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Many Christians look to the Bible to justify divinely sanctioned violence against our enemies. Excuse me for stating the obvious, but Christians are not Biblians. We are Christians. As Christians, we should be ...

Why I’m More Worried About Ebola Than ISIS
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

The headlines and talk shows are dominated by the response ISIS. To be clear, this group readily uses fanatical and brutal actions to achieve its radically exclusive vision. The images they skillfully project ...

From 9/11 to ISIS: Resolving the Paradox of the U.S. War on Terror
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

It’s been 14 years since our government declared war on terrorism. How are we doing? It’s been 14 years since our government declared war on terrorism. How are we doing? It feels ...

Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

The fact is, violence has not only failed to create stability, in many ways it has acted to exacerbate the situation of instability and injustice which fuels terrorism. Violence does not stop violence, instead ...

Let's Tell the Truth About This International Madness
Originally Posted: 07/24/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

We have politicians who are mostly looking for opportunities to blame their political opponents, boost their own reputations, and protect business interests. As people of faith, we are called to speak the trut ...

Iraq: Humility Is the Best Option
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

America is stunned by what is happening in Iraq right now, and happening so quickly. We may be facing the worst terrorist threat to international security so far — despite all we have done and sacrificed. Both ...

Abducting Girls in the Name of God
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

Invoking the name of God to justify human barbarity is a painfully tragic and an ongoing occurrence. If hearing these lies about God breaks our hearts, we can only imagine they must also break the heart of God ...

5 Reasons the 9/11 Museum Should Drop 'Islamist'
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

On May 21, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York is scheduled to release “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” a seven-minute film telling the story of the attacks. Full disclosure: I have not watched th ...

The Boston Marathon Bombings: Lessons from Passover
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

As has been borne out by various terrorist attacks around the globe, terrorism breeds fear — its intended consequence. Too often this fear becomes fear of a religious group. We, as Jews, know intimately the pe ...

In the Name of Security
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 3:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee How the U.S. became a torturing nation—and how to make it stop. THE SAD RECORD of human histo ...

Drones and Terrorism: Is the U.S. Scapegoating Al Qaeda?
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

It’s an odd question, I know, but it reared its ugly head as I read about the new reports from Amnesty International and Humans Rights Watch on U.S. drone strikes. The scapegoating mechanism is a very precise ...

In Kenya Attack, Weakened Al-Shabab Seeks a Foothold in Kenya
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

The deadly mall attack in Kenya on Saturday is a sign that the al-Qaida-affiliated group that carried it out has been dealt a blow in Somalia and they are looking to generate headlines with more high-profile a ...

N.C. Clergy Seek Release of Senate Report on Torture
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

Citing the need for transparency in the U.S. record on human rights, nearly 200 clergy and religious leaders from North Carolina are seeking the public release of a 6,000-page Senate intelligence report on U.S ...

On Syria: We Must Use a Moral Compass to Guide Our Moral Outrage
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

Christians should be guided by the gospel of peacemaking and conflict resolution that reduces the violence of our world. And it is a long-held Christian principle that governments and citizens are obliged to w ...

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 ...

Stories Worth Telling
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels We need to hear more about the people committed to peace. IN HER JEWISH school in Montreal, Roni ...

Peering in the Dark Corners
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 4:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Catherine Woodiwiss Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill shines a light on U.S. covert wars. JEREMY SCAHILL ...

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Buried in Undisclosed Location
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

An undisclosed community on Wednesday accepted the body of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, which is now “entombed,” according to police in Worcester, Mass. An undisclose ...

What We Find On Higher Ground
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

Of course the higher ground, the refuge from tragedy, is God’s. People seem to sense that instinctively, regardless of faith tradition. The harder, more humbling realization is that all of it — the flooded pl ...

The Demonization of 'Terrorism'
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

The recent explosions at the Boston Marathon and subsequent media coverage exposed yet again a dangerous trend in U.S. culture: rushing to judgment in labeling and prosecuting crimes, and throwing away long-he ...

Boston Amputees Face Long Spiritual Struggle Ahead
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

For these victims, the path forward involves relearning almost everything, from getting out of bed to getting in a car. Whether they go on to lead satisfying lives depends largely on how they handle the spirit ...

Surprising Our 'Enemies:' What If We Flipped the Script?
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

When our personal, political, and national enemies strike us, they expect us to strike back. That’s been the human script since the foundations of human culture. What if we surprised our enemies and changed th ...

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 ...

Catholic Bishops: Don’t Let Boston Attacks Derail Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 5:49pm | Type: Blog

Leading U.S. Catholic bishops on Monday denounced efforts to use the Boston Marathon bombings to derail the push for immigration reform, saying it is wrong to brand all immigrants as dangerous and that a revam ...

Don't Worship the Monsters
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

When people commit monstrous deeds, it is hard not to turn and stare in horror. In one of John Steinbeck’s earliest novels,  To A God Unknown , he tells the story of a young ma ...