Category Archives: Religion in the News

Is Islamophobia Racism?

Short answer: Yes. The long answer: So you remember Don Imus? The sports commentator who called the teenage girls of the Rutgers basketball team “nappy-headed hoes” and was dropped from NBC? How about Michael Richards—the guy who played Kramer on … Continue reading

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Daisy Khan at Syracuse University

I met Daisy Khan, wife of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and one of the minds behind the Park51 project, when she came to my campus today, first at a lunch hosted by the interfaith Hendricks Chapel, then for an interview … Continue reading

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Listen to Babylonian Online – And learn how to pronounce a lacuna!

Martin Worthington (pictured right), of St. John’s College, Cambridge University, has done a great service to enthusiasts of Ancient Mesopotamia, by putting together an online audio archive of Ancient Babylonian. As I listened to the reading of a segment of The Epic of Gilgamesh … Continue reading

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Finally Some Good News for Atheists and Agnostics – They Still Know More About Religion Than Their Religious Counterparts

It has been a torrid few years for thinking atheists and agnostics, having to be associated with the stridently confident, loud, and – quite frankly – downright embarrassing group known as the New Atheists. There is hardly a week goes … Continue reading

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How It Works: Shirley Sherrod, Park51, and the Big Mistake in American Culture

Two stories in the news that had me riveted this summer.  First, the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” the Park51 Islamic community center (Jon Stewart labeled it the “Community Center of Death”) that a few Muslim New Yorkers applied for permission … Continue reading

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“I was like, dude, you HAVE no Qur’an”

Stop me if you heard this one. A guy walks into a park in Texas with a Qur’an, a lighter, and a can of kerosene, and, well — — nothing happens. Nothing that anyone expected, anyway. In a gloomy week … Continue reading

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The Cardinal Newman Society and Unintentional Irony

The Cardinal Newman Society has certainly set a new standard for unintentional irony. Let me explain how… The mission of The Cardinal Newman Society, according to its website, “is to help renew and strengthen Catholic identity in Catholic higher education.” On the surface, … Continue reading

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