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In 1988, as Founding Chairman of People For the American Way, Norman Lear was among the cosigners of the Williamsburg Charter, “written and published expressly to address the dilemmas, challenges, and opportunities posed by religious liberty in American public life.”
Lear and others, including Presidents Carter and Ford and Chief Justices Rehnquist and Burger, agreed that “a right for one is a right for another and a responsibility for all.”
That is the spirit in which faith leaders and religious liberty advocates, including PFAW Foundation and the African American Ministers Leadership Council, led by the First Amendment Center and Interfaith Alliance, have come together in 2012 to answer the question, “What is the truth about American Muslims?”
As a Muslim woman living the US, I found the recent comments by President Nicolas Sarkozy to French Lawmakers highly disturbing. He stated, "The problem of the burka is not a religious problem. This is an issue of a woman's freedom and dignity.
At a McCain/Palin a group of young McCain supporters--both Muslim and Christians--confronted a group of bigots claiming Obama is muslim. Not because they care one way or the other, but because it's not wrong to be muslim (I wish Obama would say the same thing). A hat tip to those young Republicans who refuse to surrender their party to the insane. Freaking awesome.
peace without sickness, failure without denial, and democracy without restriction
Hope and change have gained a great footing in not only the 2008 Presidential elections in the US, but also in the communities of Northern Uganda. Peace talk negotiations and a cease-fire in fighting have allowed children to return home, families to rebuild, and communities to begin creating lives without fear from conflict. The conflict in Northern Uganda is often tagged as a "civil war," but largely centers on a rebel group called the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). (Read more here) Thousands displaced, abducted, lost - hundreds killed. The peace talks have been going well and two weeks ago (April 10th) Joseph Kony, leader of the LRA, was supposed to come out of hiding to sign the peace agreement. He did not show up and his spokesperson claimed he had been sick. Sick or afraid? Kony and his top officials are now on the top of the International Criminal Court's arrest list. It seems he may have been sick with fear of being held accountable for his long-running violent resistance.
Dennis Prager's op-ed piece for WorldNetDaily today hit a new low in the frantic fight to protect American culture, the newest front of which is apparently the controversy over Keith Ellison, America's first Muslim in Congress, wanting to take his oath of office on the Qu'ran. The possibility that forcing a Muslim Congressman to swear on Christianity's holy book might render the oath offensive, or worse, meaningless, nonwithstanding, the very idea that one must take an oath on a religious book for public office is divisive and contrary to the American spirit of democracy.