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Outside the Al Huda Mosque, Dunedin, New Zealand. Image courtesy of Mark McGuire
Christchurch and the Roots of Islamophobia
March 21, 2019
In the aftermath of a white supremacist's deadly attacks on New Zealand mosques, we talk to Muslims closer to home.
Vigil for the victims of the Christchurch massacres, Melbourne, Australia. Image courtesy of Julian Meehan
Muslim Voices in the Wake of Christchurch March 21, 2019
Hours after a white supremacist killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Interfaith Voices went to Jummah -- the central prayer service of the Islamic week – at a mosque near our Washington, D.C. studio. We heard from the imam and congregants, whose spoke of the need to respond to hatred with resilience and love. And we went to a local Islamic Sunday school, where we talked to children and their parents about coping with the Christchurch tragedy and Islamophobia in their own lives.

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The Roots of Islamophobia in the U.S. March 21, 2019
Though some see Islamophobia in the United States as chiefly a post-9/11 phenomenon, experts say it predates the country's founding and is rooted in white supremacism. We also learn about at network of fearmongers who today seek to normalize anti-Muslim rhetoric in the U.S. And we talk to the author of a report that found that elected officials since 2015 have trafficked in anti-Muslim speech and activity in 49 out of 50 states.

Podcast Extra: Mourning A Brother Killed in Christchurch March 22, 2019
Just days after a white supremacist gunman killed Haroon Mahmoud, his sister -- Sabeen Durrani -- agreed to talk about him with Interfaith Voices. We know from obituaries that he was 40, had a wife, a 13-year-old son, an 11-year-old daughter and that he had written his doctoral dissertation on Islamic banking. Durrani shared more personal details about her little brother – his gentle and welcoming nature, and the piety he showed even as a small boy.