This week, the world lost one of its most powerful religious voices against intolerance with the loss of Rev. Peter Gomes, who passed away Monday at age 68 following complications from a stroke. In other significant news, a mosque project in New Jersey met with staunch opposition, and the King hearings move forward despite opposition.
Japanese-American lawmaker Mike Honda blasted the plans this week in a San Francisco Chronicle op-ed, tying King's hearing to the World War-II era detention of Japanese-Americans in internment camps."Rep(resentative) King's intent seems clear: To cast suspicion upon all Muslim Americans and to stoke the fires of anti-Muslim prejudice and Islamophobia," Honda wrote."This should be deeply troubling to Americans of all races and religions. An investigation specifically targeting a single religion implies, erroneously, a dangerous disloyalty, with one broad sweep of the discriminatory brush." (AFP)
- Full-face veils outlawed as France spells out controversial niqab ban (The Guardian)
- Designer to face trial over anti-Semitic remarks (CNN)
- Ill. teen says high school suspended him for wearing rosary (Associated Press)
- When despots fall, religion can play key role in rebuilding societies (Notre Dame News)