Archive for: September, 2010

Texas Ed Board Adopts Resolution Limiting Islam (NPR)

EXCERPT: AUSTIN — The Texas State Board of Education adopted a resolution Friday that seeks to curtail references to Islam in Texas textbooks, as social conservative board members warned of what they describe as a creeping Middle Eastern influence in the nation's publishing industry. The board approved the one-page nonbinding resolution, which urges textbook publishers to limit what they print […]

 
 

Stopping US Muslim backlash (AJE)

EXCERPT: Religious leaders – Muslim, Jewish, and Christian – met in Washington, DC, on Tuesday [September 7] to denounce anti-Muslim bigotry. More than 30 religious leaders [were] in one room with one aim: to stop a rise in anti-Muslim sentiment that has already had violent consequences. There was the attack on a Muslim taxi driver in New York city; an […]

 
 

Liberty and tolerance: Our checkered history with religious equality (OregonLive.com)

Here is an excerpt from a great article by Willamette Law Professor Steven K. Green published on OregonLive.com on September 10, 2010. Liberty and tolerance: Our checkered history with religious equality Published: Friday, September 10, 2010, 9:00 AM By Steven K. Green This seems like a good time for a refresher on an important American value: religious equality. Ramadan is […]

 
 

Petraeus Condemns U.S. Church's Plan to Burn Qurans (WSJ)

EXCERPT: KABUL-The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said the planned burning of Qurans on Sept. 11 by a small Florida church could put the lives of American troops in danger and damage the war effort. Gen. David Petraeus said the Taliban would exploit the demonstration for propaganda purposes, drumming up anger toward the U.S. and making it harder for allied […]

 
 

Hitchens on the Danger of Emotions Underlying Self-Pity of Beck Rally (Slate)

Christopher Hitchens in Slate: In a rather curious and confused way, some white people are starting almost to think like a minority, even like a persecuted one. What does it take to believe that Christianity is an endangered religion in America or that the name of Jesus is insufficiently spoken or appreciated? Who wakes up believing that there is no […]