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Why Jews Around the World are Praying for the Victory of the Egyptian Uprising

posted by Michael Lerner

Originally appeared on Tikkun Daily Blog Ever since the victory over the dictator of Tunisia and the subsequent uprising in Egypt, my email has been flooded with messages from Jews around the world hoping and praying for the victory of the Egyptian […]

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the muslim vote

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

a great series at Open Left by diarist dreaminonempty has been chronicling the future decline and fall of the Republican Party on the basis of demographic trends, ethnic and religious. The post on religious trends had a extensive section on […]

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The Fort Hood Shootings and the White Privilege of Disassociation

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Immediately after it became known that the shooter at Fort Hood was South Asian and had a Muslim sounding name the condemnations came in from every major Islamic organization in America. In my inbox I got emails from Daisy Khan […]

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Treachery at Fort Hood

posted by Shahed Amanullah

Thursday’s fatal shooting at Fort Hood military base in Texas, in which 12 people were killed and over 30 wounded, would be horrific under any circumstances. But the reported identity of one of the shooters killed, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, […]

The Problem with the Ten Commandments

posted by Diana Butler Bass

ABC’s Nightline has been running a series on the Ten Commandments in which they explore the issues and dimensions of each commandment in contemporary society.   Tonight’s commandment:  Thou shalt not commit adultery. The series is interesting and, in many ways, […]

Obama’s (Almost) Perfect Speech

posted by Omid Safi

Historic. Brilliant. Nearly Perfect. The tone of President Obama’s speech in Cairo was most reminiscent of his masterful speech on race in America:  acknowledging open wounds on all sides, while laying out a hopeful vision for a shard future.   It […]

Cairo and the New Faith Frame

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Following the President’s Cairo University speech a number of journalists commented that it was a political speech and not very “religious.”  Indeed, one referred to his policy remarks as “wonky” in which he primarily addressed seven areas of tension that […]

The Plot Against the Riverdale Synagogue and Why Obama is Right

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The plot to bomb a Riverdale Synagogue in the Bronx makes all of us sick and angry about the use of religious violence and terror against ordinary citizens.  The four accused men claim that their actions are in reaction to the […]

Obama’s Mistaken Middle East Peace Strategy or No More Negotiations to Nowhere!

posted by Michael Lerner

While doves in the American Jewish community are lining up to support President Obama in his supposed confrontation with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, the hard-nosed supporters of the Occupation can sigh with relief. Nothing proposed by Obama is likely to […]

Ahmadinejad Gives Another Victory to the Israeli Right: It’s time for Muslims and Arabs to Join Us in Denouncing His Racism and Holocaust Denial

posted by Michael Lerner

When representatives of many Arab and Muslim nations publicly applaud Ahmadinejad’s racist rant, the real losers are the Palestinians. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at the Durban II conference on racism turned into a racist rant against Israel and the […]

President Obama, Islam, and the Push-me/Pull-you

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Yesterday, on the first day of Holy Week in the western Christian world, President Obama addressed Turkey’s Grand National Assembly and declared that the United States “is not and never will be at war with Islam.” “Our partnership with the […]

President’s Faith-Based Advisory Council Taps Four Progressive Leaders Featured in Recent Book, Progressive & Religious

posted by Robert P. Jones

President Obama’s newly unveiled Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships taps four progressive religious leaders featured in my recent book, Progressive & Religious: How Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist Leaders are Moving Beyond the Culture Wars and Transforming American […]

The Religious Control of the Israeli Army

posted by Paul Raushenbush

This seriously upsetting article in the New York Times Sunday paper chronicles the increasing influence of the religious right in Israeli’s armed forces and its affect on the execution of the war on Gaza.  Especially chilling is the quote from […]

Sharia Law in Pakistan: The Despair of Religious Totalitarianism

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Pakistan has instituted Sharia law in the Swat Valley.  As this BBC article explains, the move has serious implications for the religious and personal freedom:   “The head of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Afrasiab Khattak, says the move […]

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Bob Herbert wrote his column today in the New York Times about the political power of prayer to make peace in Liberia as documented in Pray the Devil Back to Hell.  The next time someone says to you that religion is […]

Obama Reaches Out to Muslim World – On TV!

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Part 2 Transcript This is the White House transcript of President Obama’s interview with Hisham Melhem of al Arabiya television Internal Transcript January 26, 2009 INTERVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT BY HISHAM MELHEM, AL ARABIYA Map Room 5:46 P.M. EST Q […]

Obama, the Muslim World and a New Way Forward

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Katherine Marshal is the former director of the religion and development program at the World Bank.  She has been tracking international responses to the election of Barack Obama and wrote about reactions from the Muslim world to the inauguration which ends with […]

Cease Fire Now in Gaza – Full Page Ad in the New York Times

posted by Michael Lerner

On Wednesday Jan. 1st the Tikkun Community and the Network of Spiritual Progressives purchased an full page Ad in The New York Times (it appears on page A17 of Wednesday’s issue).  It was signed by about 3000 people and funded […]

Will Israel Split America’s Religious Left?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Steve Waldman asks the question whether the current crisis will split the religious left.  He predicts: “Most likely what will happen next is that an over-reaction from the Protestant left will prompt American Jews into an uncomfortable (but familiar) defensive […]

The Urgency of Now – Obama Must Act on Gaza

posted by Omid Safi

The death toll from Gaza keeps rising like a morbid nightmare, from 150 to 300, to at last count 702 victims.     702 Palestinians killed by the Israeli military through massive bombings that have inflicted unimaginable violence upon some of the […]

A Strategy to End the Israel/Palestine Struggle Once and For All

posted by Michael Lerner

The leadership of the State of Israel has rejected the latest calls for a cease fire. Only President-Elect Obama has the moral authority to make a call for a cease fire that could be listened to seriously by the Israelis. […]

Israel in Gaza

posted by Michael Lerner

Israel is still using a strategy of domination in its struggle with Hamas, trying to use force to gain security. But this is a recipe for endless war. Gaza, December 31, 2008Israel’s attempt to wipe out Hamas is understandable, but […]

Moderate Islam Makes Inroads Via Satellite

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Surf the TV or press seek on the radio –  if you find a religious station in America you can be sure it is preaching a very conservative message in sincere dulcet tones.  This story from the New York Times about moderate Islam […]

Israeli Attacks on Gaza: Not by Might, and Not by Power

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Rabbi Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center sent out this message about the Israeli bombing of Gaza. Today the starkest choice of values and visions of the future was laid before the Jewish people throughout the world. On the one […]

muslims and proposition 8

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

As this is my first post on Progressive Revival, let me take a moment to thank the Powers that Be at Beliefnet for inviting me to participate here. It’s an honor to be blogging alongside the rest of you! My […]

President Obama and the Muslim World

posted by Omid Safi

Dear President Obama, There has been so much discussion in this country about what this election, your election, our election, signifies for America.   May it be that it signals the healing of our racial wounds.  Yet this is not just […]

Terrorist Attack on Mumbai and the Effect on Indian Politics

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Terrorist attacks on Mumbai have provoked Meenakshi Ravi to write this on Huffingtonpost: Four years ago, the Hindu-dominated, right wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was dismissed from government by an Indian electorate that saw through its glossy ‘India Shining’ campaign […]

Now is the Time…

posted by Omid Safi

Dear Mr. President-Elect, It is hard to believe that it has just been two weeks since your historic election.    There has been so much discussion in this country about what this election signifies, from what we hope is the beginning […]

I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear…

posted by Paul Raushenbush

A great column by Jim Sleeper on Talking Points Memo… Even as we lurch from symbolism to substance now that Barack Obama is President-elect, I hope that he appreciates the symbolic and substantive rewards of being sworn in on January 20 as […]

The future of Catholic politics?

posted by David Gibson

If and when the bishops do start talking about a new political strategy, they may want to keep in mind the remarkable victory of Tom (“Common Good Catholic”) Perriello over Virgil (Good ol’ Boy) Goode in Virginia’s fifth CD. Wish I […]

So much for those Muslim rumors–it’s Barack O’Bama!

posted by David Gibson

Obama=Ottomans?

posted by David Gibson

Or, pro-choice voters as Muslim invaders? I don’t know if Bishop Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph wanted to go there, but he did, in his latest column in the diocesan newspaper: “Our Catholic moral principles teach […]

International Religious Freedom: The orphan issue of 2008

posted by David Gibson

Amid the final campaign push, the 10th anniversary of the nation’s landmark covenant on international religious freedom passed largely unnoticed on Monday. That is more than a shame. The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA) was passed by a […]

A Good Month for Religious Pluralism, but Not Great

posted by Welton Gaddy

October has been a good month for religious pluralism in America. Not great, but good. This past Sunday on Meet the Press former Secretary of State Collin Powell condemned the religious bigotry that has emerged during the campaign, saying: “I’m […]

Crescents among the crosses

posted by Shahed Amanullah

By now, many of you have heard General Colin Powell’s recounting of the sacrifice that Muslim-American soldier Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan made for the country of his birth, and how a photo of Khan’s mother draped over her son’s tombstone […]

Colin Powell: A Sane Respectful Voice For American Muslims

posted by Paul Raushenbush

  It is about time.  On Sunday Gen. Colin Powell spoke eloquently about his choice to endorse Barack Obama and, most strikingly, condemned the implicit and explicit disrespect to American Muslims that has been a part of the electoral campaign.  […]

“Barry” & the Downstream Media

posted by Randall Balmer

In desperation, apparently, Messrs. Hannity, Limbaugh and other principals of the Downstream Media are trying to make hay out of the fact that Barack Obama was known as “Barry” while a child but then opted to use his given name, […]

“Barry” & the Downstream Media

posted by Randall Balmer

In desperation, apparently, Messrs. Hannity, Limbaugh and other principals of the Downstream Media are trying to make hay out of the fact that Barack Obama was known as “Barry” while a child but then opted to use his given name, […]

Terrorizing the American Politic

posted by Omid Safi

There have been many low points in this protracted and seemingly never-ending Presidential season.   Race and gender wedge-games dominated much of the primary scene, with socioeconomic class being an equally uncomfortable and all-too-often silent factor.    Religion too has been present, […]

“Otherizing” Obama: Strange face welcome in a crisis?

posted by David Gibson

The Times’ columnist Nicholas Kristof had a piece on Sunday, “The Push to ‘Otherize’ Obama,” that perfectly sums up the efforts to key in on fears of Obama’s race and persistent (unfounded) doubts about his faith, and how that plays […]

From 9/11 to 9/12…and beyond.

posted by David Gibson

Thursday is the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the crashed airliner in Shanksville, Pa., an observance that will bring renewed focus on relations between Islam and the West. But […]

Looking at the RNC through Muslim eyes

posted by Shahed Amanullah

If you listened closely during the various speeches at the RNC convention, you’ll notice that the times when the crowd was most animated was when Republican rage was focused on what Sen. John McCain calls the “trancendent challenge of our […]

Notes from the Old Empire (by Sara Miles)

posted by Sara Miles

    “Of course,” Patricia told me, leaning in close, “of course English people don’t even like the Scottish.” Patricia, the funny, perceptive, activist wife of a progressive Church of England vicar, made a face. ” I have no idea if […]

“Voice of Palestine” passes away

posted by Omid Safi

Mahmud Darwish, the incomparable Palestinian poet and visionary, and the foremost representative of the hopes and dreams of Palestinians since Edward Said, has passed away on August 9th. When the news of Darwish’s passing came out, it was front-page news […]

Obama and the Kevin Bacon Game of Persecuting Muslims

posted by Omid Safi

The Obama Campaign, at it’s best, has not been about Obama. It’s been about a mass movement, a coming together of long time activists and newcomers, who have dared to restore hope to politics, to dream that there is a […]

Obama’s Muslim Outreach Coordinator Resigns

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Obama’s new Muslim outreach coordinator is already gone.  According to the Wall Street Journal, he had served for a few months on the board  of a Muslim investment fund with ties to fundamentalist Islam and an indirect connection (through a board […]

Pursuing Justice One Step at a Time

posted by Rabbi Or N. Rose

Earlier this week, a group of thirty or so young Jews, Christians, and Muslims came together to participate in a voter registration drive in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.  Working in partnership with the local ACORN branch, the interfaith activists […]

Tricky Terrain: “Progressive” and “Religious”

posted by Omid Safi

The “p” word has had a tortured history with Muslims, as it does with many other religious communities. Ironically, it tends to work as a better marker to many non-Muslims of the social and political commitments of the Muslims who […]

Obama (finally!) Reaching Out to American Muslims

posted by Omid Safi

After some major bumps along the way, there is finally a very encouraging sign in terms of the relationship between the historic Obama Presidential campaign and the six million strong American Muslim community.   The Obama campaign has had a complex […]

Why Muslim Americans should find their political home among progressives

posted by Shahed Amanullah

Only a few election cycles ago, the trend in the Muslim American community (at least the 2/3rds of it that come from an immigrant background) was to vote Republican.  The argument was that the combination of socially conservative personal values […]

Obama’s Outreach to the Muslim Community

posted by Welton Gaddy

First of all, I want to thank BeliefNet for assembling such an outstanding panel for this blog.  I am grateful to be included, and I am looking forward to spirited debates in the weeks and months to come. While Senator […]

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Why Jews Around the World are Praying for the Victory of the Egyptian Uprising
Originally appeared on Tikkun Daily BlogEver since the victory over the dictator of Tunisia and the subsequent uprising in Egypt, my email has been flooded with messages from Jews around the world hoping and praying for the victory of the Egyptian people over their cruel Mubarak regime.&nb

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When Generosity, Love, and Kindness are Public Policy, the Violence We Saw in Arizona will Dramatically Diminish
The attempted assassination of Congresswoman Giffords and the murder of so many others in Arizona has elicited a number of policy suggestions, from gun control to private protection for elected officials, to banning incitement to violence on websites either directly or more subtly (e.g., Sarah Palin

posted 2:44:04pm Jan. 19, 2011 | read full post »

The Spiritual Messages of Chanukah and Christmas -- and Their Downsides
Christmas and Chanukah share a spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope in a world of darkness, oppression and despair. But whereas Christmas focuses on the birth of a single individual whose life and mission was itself supposed to bring liberation, Chanukah is about a national

posted 12:59:53pm Dec. 02, 2010 | read full post »

Obama (and Biden) Have No Clue About What's Bothering Their Political Base
Shortly before the California Democratic primary in 2008, the San Fransisco Chronicle invited me to write a short article explaining why I, chair of the interfaithNetwork of Spiritual Progressives, was supporting Barack Obama. Like most other progressive activists, I understood that a pres

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