As the U.S. declared Saddam Hussein's regime ended, one huge diplomatic question outstanding was whether victory in Iraq would lead to new steps toward peace between Israel and the Palestinians. After two years of the latest violence, are the two sides ready to negotiate? How much pressure will the U.S. apply?
Carol Zaleski is a professor of religion at Smith College and her husband, Philip Zaleski, is a religion writer and editor. Together they are writing a book about prayer in all cultures, and both have much to say on the role of prayer during wartime.
In Jordan, next door to Iraq, humanitarian aid workers have relief supplies but only limited access to Iraq. There are daily demonstrations in Amman against the war in Iraq and the American government. Opposition to the war is overwhelming among both Muslims and Christians.
Islamic scholars in Cairo said an attack on Iraq would be an attack on all Islam, and that every Muslim would have the obligation to defend the faith. Diane Knippers, Jack Moline, and Akbar Ahmed join us to discuss the implications of that call -- and of the war -- for Muslims, Christians, and Jews.
As the U.S. military buildup continues in the Middle East, debate also continues over the morality of going to war. William Galston and George Weigel share their opinions and concerns over the subject. Galston is a professor at the School of Public Affairs and the Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at University of Maryland and Weigel is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington.
Somali immigrants fleeing civil war first settled in Georgia and Tennessee. But they were alarmed at what they felt was an environment too promiscuous and too violent for their children. So they went on a search for a smaller, safer place to raise their families, and about a thousand ended up in Lewiston, Maine. More
Join host Bob Abernethy along with Shaun Casey, Professor of Christian Ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary, Jack Moline, Rabbi of Agudas Achim Congregation and a Vice President of the Interfaith Alliance, and Richard Land, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, for a conversation regarding religious views on the war in Iraq.
“The freedom that is so important in the Passover story, in the Haggadah, is something that doesn’t belong to a specific time period 3,000 years ago…There’s a fresh message available to be garnered from the Passover story no matter when or who is looking at it,” says David Wachtel of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. More