Some thoughts on the racist bigotry being waged against Muslim Americans by Donald Trump as well as Ted Cruz and the religious right. The discussions of closing borders to all Islamic citizens of the world and creating databases is dangerous, and reminiscent of Nazi policies of dehumanization and eventual genocide. We cannot allow this rhetoric to become part of our national fiber.

Every single one of us is capable of rationalizing wrong with ideologies and belief systems. This is true for every human, and there are many ideologies — not just religious ones — that can be used to justify wrong doing.

There are two things that they say one should not discuss in public settings; politics and religion. Yet, my new book Exodus takes the latter topic head on, and examines what causes people to act violently in the name of religion. I realize that the time has come for me to have these conversations online, whether I like it or […]