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On Being with Krista Tippett is a public radio project delving into the human side of news stories + issues. Curated + edited by senior editor Trent Gilliss.

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A Listener Asks for Your Suggestions

by Nancy Rosenbaum, associate producer

Muslim Woman Attends Friday Prayers in Lower Manhattan
Reem El Shafaki, an Egyptian now living in New Jersey, stands in front of the proposed site of the Park51 mosque and cultural center in lower Manhattan. (photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The news has been thick with polarized debates about proposed Qur’an burnings in Florida and the Park51 project. Tamara Lee, a listener from Hopewell, New Jersey, writes us looking for some advice:

"I’m increasingly frustrated by the inability of so many people, particularly Americans, to distinguish between the religion of Islam and the culture of some Islamic countries. I’ve long respected the religion even though some aspects of the culture are less appealing to me. Of late, I am particularly concerned that Muslims seem to be afraid of non-Muslims. I would like to become involved with a group that strives to combat this fear. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated."

If you have any recommendations to pass along to Tamara, post a comment here and we’ll be sure to relay them to her.

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Seeking Sanity - Regarding Islam, NYC, Florida, America

by Krista Tippett, host

Following on Trent’s thoughtful post a few days ago, I share two pieces of helpful thinking that have crossed my desk. These refresh my spirit over media-generated confusion, false symbolism, fear, and vitriol. They are by a Jew and a Muslim, people who have been on our program in the past. I like to think that the ethos of discourse towards which they strive and we strive has its effect on the world, though what is distressing is so much noisier, and so distracting.

Yossi Klein Halevi has written an open letter to Imam Feisal in The New Republic. He opens up the “controversy” with a proposal that is provocative in the best sense of the word.

And for Eid al-Fitr, just past, Omid Safi opens a wide lens for viewing events of recent days. Click on every link in his Huffington Post article, if you have time, and find some hope.

 

Tagged: #Islam #Park51
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