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April 22nd Intercultural Conversation

“Rethinking Freedom in a Polarized World”

Summary by Madeline Bailey

This month’s Intercultural Conversation hosted by the Center for Intercultural Dialogue featured presentations by Dr. Sharon Schuman of the University of Oregon English department and Reverend Dan Bryant of Eugene’s First Christian Church. Read the rest of this entry »

It is no secret that U.S. “counterterrorism efforts” have harmed Muslims in America by wrongly associating Islam with terror. Many government agencies and officials, however, are attempting to repair relations with Muslims and Arab-Americans. Obama administration officials have orchestrated a number of meetings with Muslim and Arab-American leaders to discuss security and other policy measures. Read the rest of this entry »

Israelis cannot live in the West Bank and most Palestinians cannot live in central Jerusalem. As a result, Israelis and Palestinians who want to share a home in Jerusalem only have one option: they must move to Kufr Aqab, a neighborhood that is technically considered part of Jerusalem, but which lies outside the wall Israelis constructed to separate the greater part of the city from the Palestinian side of the West Bank. Read the rest of this entry »

Almost ninety years after the ban was enacted, the Oregon legislature determined that the law was unconstitutional and that teachers possess the same rights to religious free-exercise as all other Oregonians. The landmark decision is clearly a positive step toward equal rights for all Oregonians.

In France, however, the law seems to be moving in the opposite direction and the government is taking strides toward banning the burka. How do we reconcile opposing movements and sentiments in these two developed nations?

View the Oregon press release: http://oregoncatalyst.com/index.php/archives/3169-Governor-Signs-Repeal-of-Ban-on-Religious-Dress.html

View the BBC story on the burka in France: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8458831.stm

The iFreedom Mastercard, geared specifically for a Muslim audience, was launched this week in Canada. Historically, devout Muslims have not held credit cards because it is against shariah law to own a card on which one must pay interest. The new card enables users to pre-load up to $6ooo on the card and use it like any other credit card, but without the associated debt. Read the rest of this entry »