By Joan Brodsky Schur, Village Community School
The vilification of the “religious other” is nothing new in America and in fact has a long history. This lesson is designed to shed perspective on the sources and nature of today’s anti-Islam rhetoric by looking back to a period of virulent anti-Catholicism in United States history.
By Edward E. Curtis IV
In addition to spawning passionate debates in the public, the news media and the political class, the proposal to build a Muslim community center near Ground Zero in New York has revealed widespread misconceptions about the practice of Islam in this country -- and the role of mosques in particular.