By George Mason and Garrett Vickrey Mark Twain put it pithily: “It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.” The novel coronavirus is not, however, a horse race. Opinions may differ, but we should not be indifferent to the consequences that flow from them. Ethicist David Gushee’s opinion piece this week set off a firestorm on social media. He argued that it may be time for churches to reopen,
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By George Mason and Byron Sanders Dallas Independent School District administrators and trustees are proposing an unprecedented bond election that could ask for as much as $3.7 billion, up to $40 million of which would be used to create social service hubs in and around schools that have been generationally impacted by discrimination. While we can speak only for ourselves, we are faith and education leaders who work in these schools and advocate for them. And we say, it’s time.
I can’t pray in Jesus’ name, but I say “peace be upon him” when I hear it. For though he is one of Islam’s greatest prophets, referenced throughout the Quran and praised with lofty virtues, to pray in his name would be a violation to my faith’s tenets. In a recent conversation with two friends, a rabbi and a Baptist minister, the rabbi jokingly asked me, “Do you also hold your breath at times while a Christian minister prays, wondering
By George Mason Will this time be different? Depends. The killing of an African-American man named George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer has set off protests, along with some rioting and looting, in cities across America. Sustained protests, rather than the one-and-done versions of the past, suggest something durable is afoot. The call for racial justice is loud, and demands for change are specific. It feels like we’ve been here many times before, but we may be on
Coronavirus presents a rare example of how and when the free exercise of religion must be limited. By David Stern and George A. Mason Dallas Morning News April 25, 2020 Read Article
Dear Colleagues, These are challenging times for all. We hope and pray the Corona virus pandemic resolves soon, but we are worried that it may not. The physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals who care for us are worried that there could even come a time when they do not have enough life sustaining medical equipment to treat every patient who comes to them. They have been worried about this problem for years and have developed plans to help
Mass critical care could force very tough decisions, which is why we have to flatten the curve. Dallas Morning News Editorial Here is Dallas’ most recent plea to citizens to distance socially, so that the mass critical care guidelines that were established won’t be as necessary. Rabbi Nancy Kasten served on the North Texas Mass Critical Care Task Force as a clergy voice. The three following opinions are written by faith leaders, including Kasten, plus Richie Butler and Freddy Haynes, friends
Because of poorer underlying health, African Americans are likely to face higher coronavirus risk. By Freddy Haynes, The Dallas Morning News Read Article
With holy celebrations on the horizon and many isolating, a multi-faith group launches livestream chats
A reverend, a rabbi and an imam serve in unity, confront the coronavirus crisis as one The year’s holiest month nears amid one of the most somber backdrops of our lifetimes. The coronavirus pandemic has caused, out of necessity, mandated isolation at a time when millions faithfully congregate in churches, synagogues, mosques and temples. Houses of worship likely will remain largely empty through Passover, Easter and perhaps all of Ramadan. But in North Texas, an unlikely trinity has united in