Entries by Paul Murcott

When are costumes inappropriate?

There are many opportunities in schools for students to dress up in costumes; school plays, themed events, and holidays (including the ever popular Halloween) allow students to pretend to be someone or something else. But, the space between having fun and potentially misrepresenting—and therefore disrespecting—a group of people, can sometimes become a liability when schools […]

Terrorism, murder, arson in England, Poland, Germany, & Russia: Top 5 News Stories

Female suicide bomber strikes Russian bus, 6 dead • Student admits murdering 82-year-old man and plotting explosions near mosques • German Synagogues Have Been Attacked At Least 82 Times in Last Four Years • Mosque Torching Draws Kristallnacht Comparison By Polish Jews • Muslim prayer house in Russia set on fire Last week's top news, from our perspective…This past […]

Sex as a religion? Top 5 News Stories

Sex As A Religion? Ask The IRS • What Oprah gets wrong about atheism • Muslims say they deserve school time off for holidays, too • Hispanics increasingly identify as ‘nones’ • The Surprising Story Of 'Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an' Sex As A Religion? Ask The IRS Sometimes, self-declared churches are hard to take too seriously. Take a spin on religion offered by […]

A Sikh Captain America in Central Park: Top 5 news stories

Captain America in a turban • Poll: American Jews identifying as more cultural, less religious • Is Christian-owned Hobby Lobby boycotting Hanukkah? • The Religious Dorm at the Public University • When Holidays Collide, You Get The 'Menurkey' Last week's top news, from our perspective: Captain America in a turban An American Sikh man put on a Captain America […]

Peeling off the Layers of Conflict

Can an orange teach kids how to get along? Tanenbaum thinks so. Many of you may have heard this lesson before…two kids who were fighting over an orange; the last one in the house. They refused to split the orange, saying they both needed more than half. After learning more from each other, they learned […]

Hate Crime Opponent Becomes A Victim: Top 5 News Stories

Hate Crime Opponent Becomes A Victim • Abercrombie to Change "Look" Policy After Religious Discrimination Ruling • Virginia candidate says non-Christians worship ‘false religions’ • The Evangelical Orphan Boom • Atheism starts its megachurch: Is it a religion now? Last week's top news, from our perspective: Hate Crime Opponent Becomes A Victim Last year, Prabhjot […]

Tanenbaum Webinar Helps Educators Plan for Holidays

Huge thanks to our friends at Teaching Tolerance for teaming up with us to deliver a holiday-focused webinar! You can read a blog post about the webinar on Teaching Tolerance's website or below. By Sara Wicht, teaching and learning specialist for Teaching Tolerance. As December approaches, teachers are faced with a dilemma: How can we […]

A scary week of hate and violence: Top 5 News Stories

Scores Are Killed by Suicide Bomb Attack at Historic Church in Pakistan • Kenya: 'If You Were Muslim They Let You Go • Sikh Columbia Professor, Attacked In Possible Hate Crime • Navy Yard shooting puts Buddhism in spotlight: Column • Virginia GOP Official Refuses to Apologize for Anti-Semitic Pope Joke Last week's top news, from […]

A weekend of staggering bloodshed

Today is a scary day to read the news. Over the weekend, premeditated attacks on a shopping mall in Kenya and a church in Pakistan killed 68 and 78 people, respectively. Both attacks were carried out by radical Islamist groups that targeted non-Muslims. In New York City, an American Sikh man was assaulted by a […]

Bullied for not believing in God: Top 5 News Stories

Bullied for Not Believing in God • Where Religious Leaders Stand On A Military Strike On Syria • Quebec reveals religious symbols to be banned from public sector • Judge Says Abercrombie Discriminated When It Fired Hijab-Wearing Employee • Woman In Sudan Refuses To Wear Hijab, Faces Flogging Last week's top news, from our perspective:   […]