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What’s a Muslim American supposed to do?

Off the Beat

On Dec. 6, President Barack Obama addressed the nation on the San Bernardino tragedy, “the broader threat of terrorism, and how we can keep our country safe.” The president discussed both his policy position and the need for Muslim Americans to be proactive in fighting terrorism, all within a concise
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Love thy country?

A Whole New World

The problem with aligning myself to any country is that others immediately expect me to be patriotic. I am expected to have expressed devotion and support to any one of “my countries” without question and to obviously carry all my countries’ values with me.
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Confusing Jews with Judaism

Thinking Theology

If the allegations are true, I’ll be deeply saddened and, frankly, pissed. Pissed because someone who supposedly represents Orthodox Judaism as a spiritual leader ignored its principles. Pissed because his actions are inevitably associated with a community with which I identify. Pissed because his identity as a rabbi implies that his behavior is OK within our value system. It’s not.
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Avi Oved is not our student regent

Throughout the history of the University of California, the UC Board of Regents have consistently turned a blind eye to issues facing Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian, or AMEMSA, communities. From UC Santa Cruz lecturer Tammi Benjamin, who last year publicly claimed that Muslim Student Associations were allied
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What you should know about Ramadan

For those of you who don’t already know, the month of Ramadan has started all over the globe. This is the time when Muslims fast during the day, not eating or drinking anything from dawn until sunset. That may sound like a long time, especially this summer when in California,
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On sacred spaces

Religiously Inclined

I recently watched the film “Kingdom of Heaven,” and I was struck by one of the final lines spoken by the character Saladin, a Muslim leader who battled to take over Jerusalem during the era of the Crusades. When questioned by Orlando Bloom’s character, Balian, a valiant defender of the
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Can we justify their anger?

Religiously Inclined

True to form, religion has once again taken center stage in the world arena. By now, the general premise of the protests in Libya, Egypt and beyond is well known, and special attention has been given to the death of U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens, a UC Berkeley graduate, here on
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