Apologetics is the “reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine.” As Muslims engage in public outreach efforts to reduce the impact of Islamophobia, one topic might be “racism” or “race-relations.” My fear is that such efforts might take the form of apologetics rather than a serious discussion to address the real impacts of racism among Muslims and non-Muslims, both in the United States and elsewhere. Continue reading
I heard a Friday sermon (خطبة جمعة) about the importance of the ritual prayer (الصلاة). The preacher used the story of the assassination of Umar, the Second Caliph (رضي الله عنه), to demonstrate how the first generation of Muslims valued the ritual prayer. This rhetoric was an example of our contemporary religious discourse’s reliance on entertaining stories without considering their social or moral implications. Continue reading
Copy/modify the text below and send it to Governor Deal. This is a slight modification from a draft Frank Carl, President of the Central Savannah River Area Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, wrote and submitted to the national organization for approval as a chapter statement. Continue reading
Why are there a growing number of African-Americans who openly don’t believe in God or the church? Sarah Richards reports.