Staff Insights

“We Belong to Each Other”: Catholics and Muslims in Today’s America

By Henry Millstein, PhD., Content Manager and Analyst. This opinion appeared at the ING blog. This Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, hit home to me with special force. I found myself at a gathering of some 400 Muslims and Catholics coming together to celebrate their commonalities and pledge to… Read More

10 Ways to Be an Effective Ally to the Muslim Community

By Kate Chance, Interfaith Coordinator. This opinion originally appeared at Patheos. Following the results of the 2016 Presidential election, I have received countless emails and phone calls about what others can do to stand alongside the Muslim community. As a white Christian woman, I struggle to respond… Read More

Respond to Hate with Love

By Maha Elgenaidi, ING Executive Director, Dana Magat, Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El, and Suzanne St. John-Crane, CEO of American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley. This opinion appeared in the San Jose Mercury News. As faith and non-profit leaders, we are deeply troubled by the increase in hate crimes… Read More

Protecting Our Rights – Speech given at #IAmAmerica unity event

By Kate Chance, Interfaith Coordinator. This speech was delivered at a #IAmAmerica unity event held at San Jose City hall on November 20th, 2016. You probably all know the statement attributed to Thomas Jefferson, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” While Jefferson apparently never made the statement… Read More

In the Battle Against Islamophobia, We Must Stand with Interfaith Partners

Jerusalem with Muslim, Christian, and Jewish sites. Photo by Eran Menashri on Flickr Creative Commons By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared at Patheos. If anyone doubts the strength of anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S., a poll taken last week… Read More

Bacha Khan and the Taliban: Two Radically Different Visions of Islam

Henry Millstein, PhD., Content Manager and Analyst. This opinion appeared at the ING blog. As reported in the Washington Post this week (1/20/16), four terrorists from a Taliban faction attacked Bacha Khan University in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing at least 20 people—mostly university students. The attackers themselves were reported to… Read More

Hajj and Rosh Hashanah: A Time for Introspection, Reflection, and Rejuvenation Through Our Religious Rituals

By Ameena Jandali, Content Director. This opinion appeared at the ING blog. This year two important religious holidays coincide, with the season for both beginning this week: the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah, the month in the Islamic calendar when Hajj takes place begins tonight after sunset, and Rosh… Read More

Muslims and Nostra Aetate: Fifty Years of Rapprochement

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion appeared at the ING blog. The Vatican II document Nostra Aetate marked a watershed in the relationship of Catholics toward Muslims. For the first time, a major church document broke with the old missionizing and Orientalist way of looking at Muslims and spoke of these… Read More

Addressing Islamophobia, One Person at a Time

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared at iSLAMiCommentary. “We need more than the law to combat what are often deep-seated prejudices and attitudes that are the root causes of discrimination… Face-to-face interaction, education, and inter-religious engagement are key to breaking the grip of Islamophobia in this… Read More

Is Islamophobia Real?

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared at the Huffington Post. Some people ask the question, is there really such a thing as “Islamophobia,” or are Muslims merely indulging in a culture of victimhood? While most Muslims may feel that even to ask the question… Read More
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