Buddhism’s Race Problem {HuffPost}

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Buddhism’s Race Problem This article is a part of Faith Shift, a Huffington Post series on how changes in demographics, culture, politics and theology are transforming religion in America. Find out more about it here. Previous articles have covered Muslims, Jews and Mormons. SEATTLE — They came from near and far on a Monday night last month for an unusual gathering […]

Wisconsin Gurdwara Shooting & What It Says About Mainstream American Culture {HuffPost}

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Wisconsin Gurdwara Shooting & What It Says About Mainstream American Culture This week’s media representation demonstrates that Sikhs will always be asked to engage with the world in a nationalist idiom. We will always be asked to reaffirm our Americanness, or be spoken of in a last ditch inclusivist effort. President Obama describes Sikhs as […]

Native American Spirituality In The United States Prison System {Part 3: Native Voices}

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Native American Voices in the U.S. Prison System Welcome back to our series on Native American Spirituality In The United States Prison System. In Part 1 we looked at Native spiritual practices and sacred objects prohibited in prison and their importance. Part 2 presented a brief history of legislation affecting the religious freedom of incarcerated […]

‘All-American Muslim’ Canceled After Just One Season

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  ‘All-American Muslim’ Canceled The first ever Muslim reality TV show faced immense controversy when it premiered in September of last year.   Although 1.6 million viewers tuned into All-American Muslim for its TLC debut, that number plummetted in the weeks to follow. It seems that even with all the publicity, both negative and positive, surrounding the show there was […]

Native American Spirituality In The United States Prison System {Part 2: Legal Restrictions on Spirituality}

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Part 1 of our series on Native American Spirituality In The United States Prison System examined spiritual practices and sacred objects prohibited in prison and their importance. Part 2 asks the question, “How did this obvious denial of freedom to practice Native spirituality in prison begin?” Legal Battles to Protect Native American Spirituality in the […]

Native American Spirituality In the U.S. Prison System {Part 1: Denial of Religious Rites}

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Native American Spirituality In the U.S. Prison System For centuries Native Americans struggled to retain and to engage in their traditional spiritual practices in the midst of a society dominated by Judeo-Christian beliefs.  Since the coming of Christopher Columbus, Native peoples fought against European expansionists to maintain their traditional cultures, religions, and way of life.  […]

From One Christian to Another…An Open Letter to ‘Pastor’ Melvin Thompson

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© ThisNest.com An Open Letter to ‘Pastor’ Melvin Thompson Dear *ahem* Pastor Melvin Thompson and voting members of the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church, I wanted to introduce you to Someone very important to me, because I’m not sure if you all have ever really met…He is the God I serve. The heart that I have for Him pales in comparison to the […]

September 11: The Day That Shook Us All

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September 11: The Day That Shook Us All It has been ten years, and I remember it all like it was yesterday.  My children ask me about September 11th every year, and this year is no different. My son asked me casually the other day what it was like when the planes crashed into the World […]

The Good American: An American Muslim Reflection of 9/11

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The Good American: An American Muslim Reflection of 9/11 I really wanted to write a post for next weeks’ 9/11 rememberance but I had a very hard time deciding where to start or to even process my feelings.  When discussing this subject I alternate from anger to sadness. As I look back and remember when […]

“With Liberty and Justice for All”

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  If I had a nickel for every time I have heard the claim that Muslims aren’t patriotic enough, aren’t American enough, refuse to “be American”, I’d be a millionaire. Seriously.  I have also always found this statement highly ironic.  The vast majority of American Muslims are hard-working patriotic individuals.  While many of the first […]

The Church Bus

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The Church Bus It’s just about that time of year when the church bus from the local Baptist church drives through my neighborhood each Sunday. The driver is a woman named Mary, who wakes up early and crisscrosses town picking up children.  She knocks on doors, helps kids into the old 15-passenger van with the […]

When Faith & Family Collide

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When Faith & Family Collide Seven years ago I told my mom that I was going to spend a summer in Morocco with my (then) fiance.  This didn’t come particularly as a surprise but she still wasn’t happy.  Days and days went by and she was certain that I was going to get married on […]