““Terrorism has nothing to do with Muhammad, any more than the Crusades had anything to do with Jesus. There is nothing in Islam that is more violent than Christianity. All religions have been violent, including Christianity. There was nothing in the Muslim world like antisemitism: that is an import of the modern period. They got it from us…”
“The Arabs had no conception of an exclusive religious tradition, so they were deeply shocked when they discovered that most Jews and Christians refused to consider them as part of the Abrahamic family..”
World religions too often seem predicated on prejudice, when their true roots lie in compassion
Free speech is now the rallying cry of escalating tensions, but we can also use it to expose double standards on both sides
It is wrong – and dangerous – to believe literal truth can be found in religious texts.
Fundamentalism is often a form of nationalism in religious disguise.
We must root out this sinister cultural flaw. Even vote-hungry politicians fail to see anti-semitism for what it is.