This Wednesday, January 11 marks 10 years since the first prisoners were sent to Guantánamo. Over the last decade, the prison camp has become a symbol of injustice, abuse and disregard for the rule of law.
Reminder: Is Obama Muslim? No. However, Josh tells me 23% of Texans believe that he is. And Aziz says 28% of Kentuckians believe that he is. Aziz also tells me the number is 12% nationally. So what happens when Obama is elected president? Does that mean that these people will think they are governed by a Muslim? That as a good Muslim he will demand we do things that are anti-American? Things like use our intellect in an engagement with the free-flow of ideas? We’ll all be able to practice our respective faiths freely and openly? We’ll stop fearing each…
The on-going saga of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California. Read it here and here. I was recently on a panel with Rev. George Regas, the gentleman who gave the sermon, on the separation between Church and State. Of course, the subtext was religious groups as activist groups. He is a wonderful, gentle soul. It’s a shame that he and his church have to go through this. You may read the text of the sermon here. Technorati Tags: Freedom of Speech, inter-faith, IRS
Who Gets Paid to Make America Hate? The Roots of the Islamophobia Network | Religion Dispatches. We at Religion Dispatches have been covering this religious-political industrial complex, and its overlap with other elements of the far right agenda, for some time now. (You must read Sarah Posner’s invaluable exploration, “Welcome to the Shari’ah Conspiracy Industry”.) But Fear, Inc. gives us a still-more exhaustive insight into the Islamophobia network’s leaders, strategies, and intentions. With good timing. We’re coming up on an election-year, in which major questions about the United States must be answered, or at least recognized.