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.
By Barbara Petzen, Middle East Policy Council
I'm sure many outreach professionals and teachers are aware of Lena Khan's award-winning short film, A Land Called Paradise. Under five minutes long, this gem is a wonderful introduction to the diversity of the Muslim community in America. The film, set to Kareem Salama's country song of the same name, shows a variety of American Muslims with simple placards, each telling the world one thing they want everyone to know about them--a simple premise, and incredibly effective. The film won the grand prize in One Nation Foundation's inaugural film contest in 2007, and is freely available online.