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Islam: The next American religion?

Ed Note: By Michael Wolfe,

The US began as a haven for Christian outcasts. But what religion fits our current zeitgeist? The answer may be Islam. Americans tend to think of their country as, at the very least, a nominally Christian nation. Didn't the Pilgrims come here for freedom to practice their Christian religion? Don't Christian values of righteousness under God, and freedom, reinforce America's democratic, capitalist ideals?

True enough. But there's a new religion on the block now, one that fits the current zeitgeist nicely. It's Islam. Islam is the third-largest and fastest growing religious community in the United States. This is not just because of immigration. More than 50% of America's six million Muslims were born here.

Statistics like these imply some basic agreement between core American values and the beliefs that Muslims hold. Americans who make the effort to look beyond popular stereotypes to learn the truth of Islam are surprised to find themselves on familiar ground.

Is America a Muslim nation? Here are seven reasons the answer may be yes.

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Holy Days for June 11, 2002

Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Cong : Memorial of St Barnabas, apostle

Are we missing a Holy Day from your faith? Please let us know by dropping a note at [email protected]

The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule or the ethic of reciprocity is found in the scriptures of nearly every religion. It is often regarded as the most concise and general principle of ethics. It is a condensation in one principle of all longer lists of ordinances such as the Decalogue

Bahá'í Faith
And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself.
_Epistle to the Son of the Wolf_, 30

Hindu Faith
This is the sum of duty: do naught to others which if done to thee would cause thee pain.
The Mahabharata


"Godtalk" explores subcultures of Religion in the United States

Ed Note: Review by Ray Waddle, Staff Correspondent, The

Godtalk: Travels in Spiritual America, by Brad Gooch (Knopf, $25, 388 pages) Brad Gooch, author and magazine writer, couldn't find enough media coverage about the variety of religion in America to satisfy his curiosity, so he set off and wrote his own accounts. This book takes its place in an honored genre — an energetic journalistic chronicle of the teeming American spiritual scene, its strange and fascinating details, told with eager fair-mindedness and a touch of whimsy.

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An education in education

Ed Note: By Charles C. Haynes, MSNBC

The FBI and CIA aren’t the only institutions in need of reform in post-Sept. 11 America. Add public schools to the list. In the aftershock of the terrorist attacks, many educators scrambled to answer questions about Islam — and discovered that they didn’t know very much. Moreover, schools woke up to find that diversity in the classroom now includes Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, and many others who bring their faith with them through the schoolhouse door.

IT SHOULDN’T take a crisis to inspire needed change in education, but it does.

In the weeks following the attacks, school districts that had long ignored religion needed some answers. How do we teach kids about religion? What do we do to accommodate the religious diversity in our schools? And — here’s the toughest one — how do we make sure that we teach a definition of “American” that includes all of our citizens?

Mark this down as the year that religion and religious liberty moved way up on the public-school agenda — even for those school officials who have long feared to touch these issues with the proverbial 10-foot pole.

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Creation - Many Views

We continue our Creation series. If you have any creation stories from your heritage, please post them at our Spirituality Forum

Apache Creation Story


Spiritual Quote of The Day
  The errors of faith are better than the best thoughts of unbelief. Dumpster Rental Orlando



Poetry and Inspiration

God's Blessings

The man whispered "God, speak to me"
And a meadowlark sang.
But the man did not hear.

So the man yelled "God speak to me!"
And the thunder rolled across the sky.
But the man did not listen.

The man looked around and said "God let me see you"
And a star shone brightly.
But the man did not notice.

And the man shouted "God show me a miracle"
And a life was born.
But the man did not know.

So, the man cried out in despair.
"Touch me God and let me
know that you are here!"
Whereupon God reached down and touched the man.
But the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.

Moral: Don't miss out on a blessing because it isn't packaged the way you expect.

Author Unknown


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