What's So Radical About Saying "Radical Islam," Plus Being Queer and Muslim
June 16, 2016
We take stock of the political spat over the phrase "radical Islam," and speak with a documentary filmmaker who values both his LGBTQ and Muslim identities.
Naming the Enemy
June 16, 2016
After the horrific Orlando shooting on June 12, media coverage quickly turned to reports that the killer was Muslim, and just as quickly, a political spat erupted over whether to attribute the attack to "radical Islam." Even President Barack Obama weighed in, saying he thinks the phrase plays into the recruitment campaigns of terror groups like ISIS. So do words really matter? We speak with two experts about language, perception and politics.
Following the tragedy in Orlando, many LGBTQ Muslims stood in solidarity with the larger LGBTQ community. We check in with documentary-maker Parvez Sharma-- a Muslim gay rights activist. He speaks to the treatment of homosexuals in Muslim-majority countries and touches on his own experience with religious bigotry.
Maureen reflects on the tragic events of Orlando, noting the double discrimination against LGBTQ Muslims. She also examines how different religious communities are addressing violent hatred, particularly against members of the LGBTQ community. You can read more of Maureen's commentaries at the National Catholic Reporter.
Read here Reza Aslan's open-letter to American Muslims following the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage.