Earlier this month, I wrote a long overdue post about the minority of prominent Muslim scholars who have been systematically co-opted as the religious face of autocracy since the beginning of the Arab Revolutions.
While ISIS' pedigree may owe more to Wahhabism than to other historic forms of Sunnism, Muslim scholars need to own up to the fact that their own so-called traditional representatives and institutions are complicit in the extreme repression and mass murder that has contributed to the meteoric rise of ISIS.
"The gender gap in violence is found in almost every culture around the world."
You think you've had your fill of gun violence? This guy thinks otherwise.
This will not be the last time that some deranged lunatic will unload his or her weapons into innocent bystanders. Men, women and children will continue to die at the hands of people who will not be motivated by faith. Perhaps it is the right time to label all such episodes as terror attacks.
Simply totally erasing the names of mass killers from the coverage, as some news outlets do, though, is only the starting point. The speculation and conjecture about the killer's motives makes it almost appear as though there is a rational or justification for why the killer did what he did.
Yes, we need strict gun control laws, a deeper understanding of the role of media and better mental illness treatment. However, what we really need, central to all of those dimensions, is a public conversation about hegemonic masculinity in the United States.
This was the emotional nadir of Obama's presidency. Later, he would email his longtime aide David Axelrod to say that it
While waiting for the next mass shooting...
We've had wars on drugs, on poverty, on cancer. We've had so many such wars that even our metaphors are now locked and loaded. Meanwhile, the guys with guns continue to wage their very real wars at home and abroad. Before we retire "war as metaphor," however, we should wage one last conflict: a war on guns.