Entries by LWasserberger

Las Vegas—Are Thoughts & Prayers Enough?

Friends, Yesterday, we awoke to our nation’s deadliest mass shooting in recent history. Again, our elected representatives—and scores of everyday Americans—joined the nation in grief, sharing their “thoughts and prayers” for the victims and their families. These words of comfort come from a sense of solidarity, shock, and horror. For many, they also often come […]

Remembering 9/11-Reflections on Nonviolence

Friends, On this 16th anniversary of September 11th, I chose to commemorate the tragic day by rejecting aloud the idea that violence is the core language of humankind. Instead, it is nonviolence—a transformational force acknowledged by many faiths and belief traditions—that resonates with me and that has moved mountains throughout history. Drawing strength from their […]

No More Charlottesvilles!

Friends, At Saturday’s white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, counter-protestors put their lives at risk and stood up to hate. After they chanted, “…No KKK! No fascist USA,” a white supremacist responded, “Too late f — —kers.” My response? Well sir, I—and the millions like me who stand for respect and inclusion—are […]

Tanenbaum Supports Religious Pluralism and Condemns the RAISE Act

Tanenbaum strongly condemns the proposed amendments to current U.S. immigration policy. As outlined in the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Economy Act (RAISE) and supported by the current Administration, the proposals are alarming. By seeking to cut legal immigration to the U.S. in half by 2027 and to cap the number of refugees at 50,000, […]

Talking Terrorism…Did You Know? – Combating Extremism

Dear Friends, Did you know that between 2006-2011, 82-97% of terrorism victims worldwide were Muslim? It’s the truth. So, why have most of us never heard this type of information? To help remedy this situation, please check out this month’s Combating Extremism materials and take a dive into facts about terrorism that go beyond the headlines. Talking Terrorism…Did You Know?: A […]

Getting Holy Days & Rituals Right – Health Care Insights

Dear Friends, This month, Tanenbaum’s Health Care Insights series features the intersection of holy day and ritual observances and patient care. One example involves Ramadan, which ended on the evening of Friday, June 24th. What do we mean? Read on. • The Scenario: A Muslim patient with diabetes is determined to fast for Ramadan. • […]

Combating Extremism – A Dangerous Symbiosis

Dear Friends, Last month, we shared information about a specific extremist ideology—white supremacy. But no extremist movement exists in a vacuum. With this month’s Combating Extremism materials, we take a look at extremism from another angle: how extremists on opposing sides invigorate each other. Listen to reformed white supremacist Arno Michaelis in this month’s video […]

Sunday Slaughter of Christians

Friends, Today, on Palm Sunday, violent extremists struck at the heart of Coptic Christians, when suicide bombers killed at least 44 people and injured more than a hundred in two churches in Egypt. Both churches were filled with congregants, peacefully gathered to celebrate one of their holiest days. ISIS claimed responsibility for the brutal attacks […]

A Hidden Impact of the Muslim Ban

This article was published on the Huffington Post Blog March 16, 2017   President Trump’s re-issued travel ban was supposed to go into effect today. But courts in Hawaii and Maryland have issued temporary injunctions, blocking its implementation nationwide. President Trump has vowed to appeal, and the ban’s ultimate future remains uncertain. Like so many others, […]