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On Ashura, Muslims recall how faith in God overcomes tyrants

By Imam Dr. Omar Suleiman The story of Moses (peace be upon him) is the most frequently narrated story in the Quran. We learn about his birth, his escape from Egypt as a fugitive, his unlikely return to the palace of the Pharaoh, his dueling with the magicians, the ten plagues, the exodus, his receiving the commandments, his 40 years in the wilderness and more. But the story of Moses in the Quran is also deeply personal, giving us insight

On Ashura, Muslims recall how faith in God overcomes tyrants2020-09-07T20:12:11+00:00

Who Should Define Religious Freedom and our Nation’s Moral and Spiritual Future?

By Rabbi Nancy Kasten The combination of two recent Supreme Court rulings—one allowing public funds to be allocated to parochial schools and the other shielding religious institutions from anti-discrimination laws—indicates the growing impact of a religious ideology that is neither democratic nor inclusive. To be sure, SCOTUS recently made decisions protecting LGBTQ workers and access to abortion, disappointing many religious conservatives. Nonetheless, the wall of separation between church and state is tumbling down as over two hundred federal judges appointed by the Trump administration prescribe and circumscribe religious

Who Should Define Religious Freedom and our Nation’s Moral and Spiritual Future?2020-08-11T15:05:37+00:00

Is in-person learning worth the risk?

By George Mason In this time of highly contagious coronavirus, should schools reopen on time, after a short delay, online only or a combination of in-person and online learning? Maybe you are a two-parent household without immunocompromised members. Maybe you have high-speed internet access and more than one computer that allows you —and maybe your spouse — to work from home while your children attend Zoom school. But you may be a family more vulnerable to the virus, and surviving

Is in-person learning worth the risk?2020-09-07T20:12:51+00:00

On church buildings reopening: Let love be your guide

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,

On church buildings reopening: Let love be your guide2020-07-08T21:16:07+00:00

Dallas ISD’s unprecedented bond election could transform historic inequities in the city

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.

Dallas ISD’s unprecedented bond election could transform historic inequities in the city2020-06-30T14:37:16+00:00

How to pray, talk and act across faiths without betraying your own

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

How to pray, talk and act across faiths without betraying your own2020-06-30T14:04:53+00:00

If the protests are to be different, this must change

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

If the protests are to be different, this must change2020-07-08T21:21:58+00:00

Leaders: Freedom of religion is not absolute

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

Leaders: Freedom of religion is not absolute2020-06-30T14:05:06+00:00

Letter to clergy colleagues in preparation for Mass Critical Care Guidelines

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

Letter to clergy colleagues in preparation for Mass Critical Care Guidelines2020-07-02T17:24:42+00:00

Dallas faith North Texas has a plan if hospitals become overwhelmed with coronavirus

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

Dallas faith North Texas has a plan if hospitals become overwhelmed with coronavirus2020-05-21T23:19:27+00:00
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