Joining Dr. Scott for this look at humanity’s pursuit of religious liberty in America and around the world, are guests: Dr. Hussein Rashid, Associate Editor, Religious Dispatches; The Reverend Lynn Sullivan, Associate Minister, Garden City Community Church; Dr. Richard Dina, Senior Consultant, Adelphi University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership; and Rabbi Dr. Barry Dov Schwartz, Chaplain, Nassau County Police Department, Mercy Medical Center and Adelphi University.
Interviews with Hofstra Hillel Rabbi Dave Siegel, the Catholic campus chaplain Father Gregory Rannazzisi, and professor of religion Hussein Rashid shed light on how religion affects the issues and how it will influence the conversation between candidates and voters.
Clergy from the New York City area representing various faith traditions received an overview of Islam from a noted scholar of the religion.
Other scholars, such as Dr. Hussein Rashid of Hofstra University, also have studied the effects that Islam has had on Blues, Jazz, and other forms of American music.
Patrick J Ryan, S.J., the Lawrence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, will deliver the annual fall McGinley lecture, “Life After Death, Hopes and Fears for Jews, Christians and Muslims.”
Father Ryan, who has dedicated his work to facilitating a trialogue between the three Abrahamic religions, will deliver the lecture twice:
Tuesday, Nov. 13
Lowenstein Center, Lincoln Center Campus
And again on
Wednesday, Nov. 14
William D. Walsh Family Library, Rose Hill Campus
Joining Father Ryan on both nights will be respondents Claudia Setzer, Ph.D., professor of religious studies at Manhattan College, and Hussein Rashid, Ph.D., adjunct assistant professor of religion at Hofstra University.
Dr. Hussein Rashid led two sessions: one entitled “Faith and the Language of Social Change” and the other entitled “Can We Be Religiously Authentic? Case Studies in Politics and Culture.” Focusing on contemporary debates in North America, Dr. Rashid explored how social policy discussions can be approached from a perspective grounded in the ethical principles of Islam.
In 1988, as Founding Chairman of People For the American Way, Norman Lear was among the cosigners of the Williamsburg Charter, “written and published expressly to address the dilemmas, challenges, and opportunities posed by religious liberty in American public life.”
Groups produce guide on U.S. Muslims | First Amendment Center – news, commentary, analysis on free speech, press, religion, assembly, petition
The new document, What is the Truth about American Muslims? Questions and Answers, is an attempt by the organizations to provide accurate information and delve into the law of religious freedom, the history of American Muslims in the United States, and misunderstood terms and practices, including Shariah.
Hussein Rashid, Hofstra University adjunct professor and Religion Dispatches associate editor, and Rev. Richard Cizik, president of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, will join Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, president of Interfaith Alliance, and Charles C. Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Education Project, to discuss the guide and the state of religious freedom in the United States.