Will Muslims be welcomed as fellow human beings and allowed to grieve alongside their Christian brothers and sisters in humanity this horrible tragedy? Or will we be treated as outsiders? It is critically important that we all nurture each other during times of mass public loss, and that we grieve not as those who belong to different religions or nationalities, but together as fellow human beings.
When we praise other people, we become blind supporters of human beings who are not perfect. There’s nothing wrong with thanking people, and we should express our gratitude to others. But praise belongs to God, as perfection is His alone.
Our first-year Congresswoman, who is a refugee from Somalia, has not been able to ask questions without being faced with unbelievable barrage of hate and incitement to violence, including a resolution condemning her remarks. This hypocrisy must be questioned and challenged.
Hijab, which in its essence means “to conceal,” is usually associated with Muslim women. Although other faith traditions promote modest dress, and Muslim men are also asked to dress modestly, most of the noise around this world is directed at Muslim women.
There are two unhealthy views around women wearing hijab. First, that a woman who wears hijab is always oppressed. Second, that women must wear hijab because they are necessarily seductresses, and men cannot follow their own consciences unless women are covered.