1. An Independent Narrative: Ideas and ideals conveyed on the channels are not defined in opposition to an extremist ideology
The fundamental problem with religion is that believers--about 5 billion people right now on Planet Earth--are so sure they're "correct" on anything and everything they believe.
How could anyone do that? It's a question that burns in us after the dreadful slaughter at Pulse. Now we have a clue.
Many Christians and Jews, ignorant of what the Qur'an proposes, instead project on Islam a version of intolerance and aggression from their own religious history.
Intrinsic Qur'anic values are not some barbaric medieval system of dogma and rigid rules; these values are fundamentally harmonious with the best of Western Civilization.
Muslims claim their religion teaches peace, harmony, love and goodness while the actions of some so-called adherents to the faith prove contrary. How can it be that on the one hand, the religion teaches good while some Muslims commit evil?
Hawkins has struck fear into the conservative leadership of Wheaton College by rejecting the anti-Muslim agenda that has taken root in right wing America. To show--and encourage in her students-- solidarity with Muslims who are being persecuted in the United States Hawkins has taught class wearing a hajib, the traditional head covering for Muslim women.
ISIS is a tragic foil. Despite its presumptuous claim to a "new caliphate," the group -- by punishing trifling deviation from its narrow Sunnism, by elevating theocracy over free thought -- exemplifies a mentality opposite that which fueled the caliphates of Islam's golden age.
We tell our children to control themselves while slapping and spanking and ejecting them violently in our homes, child care centers, schools, detention facilities and prisons. Adults tell children to be honest while lying and cheating and not to be violent while marketing and glorifying violence.
Arriving at Shiraz International Airport -- the largest in Iran's southern region of Pars province - I join hundreds of foreign and domestic travelers who eagerly await to explore their rendezvous with ancient history -- revisiting Persian Kings and poets memorialized here as national and world treasures.
"This would radically alter the edifice of Islamic tradition."
The world's 1.7 billion Muslims do not recognize a unifying religious authority like the Pope. Nevertheless, three Grand Muftis, clerics from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Indonesia endorsed the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change and spoke at the Symposium.
If Western scholarship wishes to establish a viable empirical approach to the historicity and meaning of the Quranic text, it must first account for the vast literature on these topics in the classical Islamic tradition. Anything less is academically irresponsible.
Whether it's the Bible or the Constitution, every document written by human beings was written in a context, at a specific historic time, and is based on the level of consciousness of those who wrote them. Whether or not you think they are dictated by God, they are still fallible. How could that be?