Irshad Manji, the internationally best-selling author of The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in her Faith, and Dalia Mogahed, Senior Analyst and Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, discuss the system of leadership in Islam with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg. This clip is from earlier this month at The Aspen Institute in Colorado.
Film-makers with Al-Jazeera follow an evangelical charismatic Christian preacher as he tours China and meet Guo Fenglian nicknamed the ‘Iron lady’.
Marking the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination, The Washington Post’s On Faith section has a great collection of faith leaders’ personal reflections on the loss and legacy of Martin Luther King.
Rev. Sue Thistlethwaite (an FPL board member):
Dr. King’s message was so challenging to established power in the United States, power based on racial privilege, on militarism and on economic stratification, that he was killed for speaking out. It is no wonder that established power today wishes to domesticate Dr. King’s prophetic vision and co-opt it order to justify conflict.
But today of all days, today as we remember that 40 years ago Dr. King was killed for speaking out against unjust power, let us not be fooled. Dr. King was killed because he challenged racism, militarism and economic inequality. And if you are not doing the same, you have no right to claim this legacy.
By noon on April 5, Washington was ablaze. It was touch and go whether 18th Street — four houses from my door — would join the flames. Just barely, our neighborhood’s interracial ties held fast.
By April 6, there was a curfew. Thousands of Blacks were being herded into jail for breaking it. But the police did not care whether whites were on the streets. So for a week, my white co-workers and I brought food, medicine, doctors from the suburbs into the schools and churches of burnt-out downtown Washington.
King’s ultimate vision was not just about race or nation, but new relationships — between people from different backgrounds, between America and the world, between humanity and God. That is why people from every country and faith derive inspiration from his legacy, a legacy best summed up in one of King’s final books, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community: “The great new problem of mankind (is that) we have inherited … a great ‘ world house’ in which we have to live together – black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Moslem and Hindu … Because we can never again live apart, we must somehow learn to live with each other in peace.â€
King does not belong only to people who look like him, or pray like him or speak like him.
King belongs to people who live up to his legacy of pluralism.
I met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on a February day in 1968, when, as a seminary student, I took a long bus ride to Washington D.C. to hear him speak at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church about the connection between the cost of the war in Vietnam and its devastating impact on the poor.
His courageous words that day — earnest, unafraid, challenging America’s moral failings without judgment or alienation — changed my life. He inspired my political activism that came to include serving in Congress for 12 years, and now serving as the president of Common Cause.