Worried About Trump

Worried About Trump

Earlier today I attended a protest here in New York City against the policies of — this is still very hard to say — President-elect Donald J. Trump. The mood of the event was cordial but there was an undercurrent…

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“Christian” Terrorism

“Christian” Terrorism

Christian terrorism? Nonsense, we immediately think when we hear those words — what strange and offensive nonsense. Christianity and terrorism, we know, are utterly incompatible. And yet the fact is that there was a period in French history when many…

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One Syrian Refugee’s Pain

One Syrian Refugee’s Pain

Over the past year our television screens have been full of images of hundreds of thousands of desperate Syrian refugees who risk their lives on rickety boats to make the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean to safety in Europe.  But…

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Why Do People Become Terrorists?

Why Do People Become Terrorists?

The New York Times is baffled. Following a string of terrorist attacks in Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels and Pakistan, a front page above-the-fold headline in the March 28, ‘16 Times concludes that there are “No Clear Signs On Who Might…

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My Friend The Imam

My Friend the Imam

Most of the world knows Firdos Square in Baghdad as the site where the statue of Saddam Hussein was famously toppled just after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. But I remember Firdos Square because that is where I…

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