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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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On Tuesday of this week here on the blog, I linked readers to a fascinating cover piece in the current Atlantic magazine about the ISIS terrorist group. It's been one of the few analyses to ask in what way ISIS... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Two deserving recipients will receive awards at the Table of Faiths event in April from the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council. The Rev. Wallace Hartsfield Sr., former pastor of Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, will receive the Steve... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When I was in Egypt in 2002, among the people I and other journalists with me spoke to was Mouhamed Said Tantawy, the grand imam of Egypt. He spoke to us of the need for all people to know others... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Today let's follow up some recent discussion here about whether and how terrorists are motivated by religion. President Obama was right recently to say that "we are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The longer I pay attention to what's happening in the world of interfaith understanding and dialogue the more I learn about organizations engaged in this work that I didn't know existed. The latest such group is called the Pave the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Ever since (and even before) the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it's sometimes been hard to know who America's friends are, especially among governmental and religious leaders in the Middle East. Sometimes you would find such leaders talking out of both sides... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If you are a regular reader here on the blog, you know that a couple of times recently I have written about President Obama's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast, and have been critical of the ridiculous criticisms he's received... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Several times since the racial eruptions in Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere last year, I have written about the need for faith communities to take an active part in examining racial history in the United States and finding ways to acknowledge... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Perhaps not everyone is aware that religion is not simply a public and private way of talking about eternal matters and finding meaning in life. It also has become an academic discipline. Scholars devote their lives to trying to understand... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Depending on your theological bent -- or lack of it -- today is either Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, which has roots in the word shrive, meaning to confess. A lot of people have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Presidents' Day today is a good time to do something President Barack Obama tried to do at his recent National Prayer Breakfast speech -- offer a bit of historical perspective. As I described it here the other day, Obama got... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Even if some people of faith wish to deny it, the reality is that we live by metaphor, by allegory, by myth because, in fact, we have no choice. All words, after all, including those in sacred writ, are metaphors... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When I went to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uzbekistan in 2002 to try to analyze the state of things in the Islamic world after 9/11, the lead of one of my commentaries in The Kansas City Star began this way:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Ever since Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn and I published our book, They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust, a bit over five years ago, I've thought how cool it would be if we could provide an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Religion has been concerned about health care almost from the beginning. It's why people of faith are urged to visit the sick. It's why various faith traditions start and operate hospitals. It's why religious organizations advocate for systems that provide... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I wish I could say I'm surprised at some of the blowback President Obama has been receiving from politicians and certain religious leaders to his remarks last week at the National Prayer Breakfast.I'm not. It's what we've come to expect... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I have long admired the work military chaplains do and have been privileged to have known a few of them. But until now I'd never heard of one who also was a filmmaker making movies about the soldiers to whom... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Over the course of American history, our courts have been asked to settle various disputes that have some relationship to religion. This has meant that judges have had to walk a fine line between resolving legal matters within their purview... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Several years ago, I met a man who used comedy to undo prejudice against Arabs, Middle Easterners generally, Islam and similar targets. Ray Hanania and I met through the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Both of us still write and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The current measles outbreak in the U.S., which seems to have begun at Disneyland in California, where Americans go to amuse themselves to death, may seem to have a religious aspect to it but, in fact, that aspect is almost... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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China's government is all out of sorts because President Obama plans to speak tomorrow at a prayer breakfast to be attended by the Dalai Lama (pictured here). China "is opposed to any country’s leader meeting with the Dalai Lama in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Welcome, a couple of days late, to World Interfaith Harmony Week. This is the fifth annual commemoration of the week, and it couldn't come at a better time in that it's hard to imagine the world needing anything more right... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I have long been an advocate of the idea that science and religion, two different disciplines and fields, should be able to talk with -- and respect -- one another. Religion, after all, seeks to provide at least some answers... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- When I was a boy living in India for a couple of years, I had the opportunity of attending at least part of a Hindu wedding. I say part because the event went on for several days,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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BERKELEY, Calif. -- One of the crucial lessons about interfaith relations is to speak accurately about a faith tradition that is not your own. This, of course, requires knowledge on the one hand and caution on the other. You must... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog