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October 24, 2001
The Intellectual's Responsibility and the Ambiguity of the Religions of the Book, part II: A Shared Pattern of Moral Conviction
October 22, 2001
In response to the events of the eleventh of September, the University of Chicago has sponsored a series of lectures and discussions titled "9/11: Its Causes and Consequences." The following issue of Sightings is the first in a series of three adapted from an address, "The Intellectual's Responsibility and the Ambiguity of Religions," delivered at the second of these gatherings by William Schwe
October 17, 2001
Commenting on the September 11 terrorist attacks on America, Pat Robertson warned that "[t]he Lord is getting ready to shake this nation....God Almighty is lifting his protection from us." Citing abortion and pornography as just two practices that have incurred divine disfavor, Robertson called on Americans to "live the way the Bible tells them to live" in order to avoid future attacks.
October 15, 2001
In the desperate search for clarity, some find it where it is not. These are the words of columnist Linda Chavez, published in the 10 October edition of the Chicago Sun-Times. "Despite what our leaders keep telling us, Islam is not inherently a peaceful religion.
October 10, 2001
Listening to programs like Leonard Lopate's New York & Company on National Public Radio, and reading the editorials in the New York Times in the wake of September 11th, I find myself amazed by the lack of cultural self-awareness among many Americans.
October 8, 2001
Last week's issues of Sightings provoked opposite responses. The majority of respondents to Monday's column by Lloyd Averill dissented vigorously against a column that spoke up for the duty and mission of religious voices to reserve and exercise the right to dissent against some U.S. policies while we track down the current terrorists.
October 3, 2001
On Thursday, September 20, only hours before his speech before Congress, President George W. Bush spent over an hour talking and praying with a group of twenty some leaders of America's diverse religious communities. I was surprised and honored to be included in the meeting--this despite the fact that I can by no means be described as a leader of a particular religious community.
October 1, 2001
A patriotism of dissent has been one of the most vital ingredients of American political life throughout history. It has always been in the national interest to "speak truth to power," and never more so than in times of crisis. We are now entering an era in which the nurture of an active patriotism of dissent will be a most difficult, but most essential task.
September 26, 2001
As we grapple with the terrifying events of 11 September 2001, we are haunted by analogies from our past. But historical analogies require careful examination, for choosing among them influences the way we will think, speak, and act.  
September 24, 2001
Whoever goes sighting religion in American public life is likely to cast a camera eye on many a silver-crowned head.

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