They are part of the national fabric that holds our country together. They contribute to America in many ways, and deserve the same respect as any of us. I pledge to spread this message, and affirm our country’s principles of liberty and justice for all.
When I was an LVN/LPN student, one of my favorite teachers was a Muslim. I am Jewish, so we had a lot in common! We would sit after class and discuss the differences in our religions… every Ramadan she said she lost weight by the fasting, etc. Continue Reading »
I first got to know some Muslims when I started studying at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. About a year into my program, I switched to the department that encompasses studies of religious traditions other than Christianity (the GTU is made up of predominantly Christian institutions). Continue Reading »
I had casually known Muslims in high school and college; as a gay, Jewish man, I largely avoided discussions of religion with them and held many of my stereotypes about Arabs, as well as Islamic faith and culture. Continue Reading »
My story is that religion is here to serve people. People are not here to serve religion. This is not to invalidate anyone's religion, it is to validate the person who embraces the religion. As for myself, I became confused by what I was told by Christians, as a young man. Continue Reading »
Although Fatma Ferdjani is not an American, she has taught me much about Islam just by being the warm-hearted, kind, generous person she is. I met her in Benin West Africa and again at Purdue when she was visiting her son, but we keep in daily contact on Facebook. Continue Reading »