Jewish groups combat anti-Muslim bigotry. Jewish groups have stepped up efforts to combat anti-Muslim bigotry, with several national initiatives announced this week and supporting statements coming in from a range of Jewish voices. Read more here.
‘Burn the Qur’an day’ Endangers US Troops: Petraeus, by Juan Cole. It isn’t only Petraeus who is petrified by the way this auto-da-fe could spin out of control. The Catholic cardinal in Mumbai, India and an archbishop in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, have condemned the stunt, as well. Likewise, Christian leaders in Indonesia have jointly protested the Gainesville church’s plans. General Eric Holder, according to a Justice Department official, called the bonfire idiotic and dangerous during a private with religious leaders Tuesday.
“What would Martin Luther King Say? Mosques and the New Jim Crow,” by Juan Cole. The controversy of the siting of the Muslim community center in lower Manhattan is nothing new in American history. Although we now forget previous decades of residential and religious discrimination, telling people where they can live and worship within a city was common in the first half of the twentieth century. “Protective Associations” agitated to keep Buddhist temples or even Japanese churches from being built.
Building on Faith, By FEISAL ABDUL RAUF, the leader of the Cordoba Initiative has an op-ed piece in the NY times.