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Oxford Here We Come

By  David A. Lehrer

4 days ago

Community Advocates’ vice president, Joe Hicks, is in the United Kingdom today for a very special event. No, he’s not meeting the Queen.

Tomorrow night Joe will be one of the debaters... read on

  • Confronting the reality of radical Islam

    By  David A. Lehrer

    5 days ago

    Today’s New York Times has an excellent op/ed by Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Friedman. In a piece entitled Say It Like It Is, he rails against the failure of many folks to recognize radical Islam and its link to terror incidents around the world – a misguided and dangerous... read on

  • Lessons to be Learned

    By  David A. Lehrer

    3 weeks ago

    In 1942, the apocryphal story goes, King Christian of Denmark wore a Yellow Star to demonstrate solidarity with Danish Jews after the occupying Nazis gave orders that all Jews wear the stars--- as in other Nazi occupied and controlled lands. In fact, King Christian never wore the... read on

  • Maher Hathout: ‘What we say and don’t say’

    By  David A. Lehrer

    3 weeks ago

    Over the weekend, Maher Hathout, one of the leaders of inter-faith dialogue in Los Angeles and the titular head of the Muslim community died. He succumbed to cancer at the City of Hope.

    Last fall, this blog praised Hathout for the brave op/ed he co-authored with Salam al Marayati... read on

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  • In Search of Backbone

    By  David A. Lehrer

    December 17, 2014 | 4:30 pm

    The headlines this afternoon are chilling in their nonchalance, “Largest Theater Chains Won’t Show Sony Film,” followed within hours by “Sony Cancels Christmas Day Release of The Interview”.

    The theater chains that control over 18,000 of North America’s 40,000 movie screens,... read on

  • UCLA Environmentalists Apologize

    By  David A. Lehrer

    November 17, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    Further to Friday’s blog about the bizarre statements that appeared in the Los Angeles Times from environmentalists at UCLA.

    Recall that the leaders of the UCLA Institute on the Environment dismissed John Muir as one whose “vision of wilderness is rooted in economic privilege and... read on

  • Arrogant Bigotry

    David A. Lehrer and Joe R. Hicks

    November 14, 2014 | 12:34 pm

    Yesterday’s Los Angeles Times had a disturbing piece about what one might otherwise assume is an innocuous, uncontentious set of topics---conservation, nature, wilderness, John Muir and the Sierra Club.

    The Times’ reported there is now a “rethinking of Muir” taking place because,... read on

  • A Courageous Statement from US Muslim Leaders

    By  David A. Lehrer

    October 31, 2014 | 2:41 pm

    Today’s Wall Street Journal has an op/ed that may mark a watershed in Muslim Americans’ attitudes and the willingness of the community’s organizational leadership to speak out against “regressive religious attitudes and authoritarianism.”

    Two national Muslim leaders, Salam al... read on

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