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.
Saying that the Qur'an is the real culprit of Belgian terror attacks would be the same as saying that the Bible is the real culprit behind the Spanish Inquisition. Both of these statements are false.
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.