Awakening our Democracy: The Politics of Religious Freedom - SUGGESTED READINGS

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Office of University Life hosted the third installment of its ongoing conversation series, AWAKENING OUR DEMOCRACY, Thurs. Jan. 21, with panelists who represent a range of perspectives and viewpoints on the intersection of faith, freedom and politics. You can watch a recording of the event here. Suggested readings and topical music selections from some of our panelists follow.

From Al Jazeera Global Affairs Correspondent Patricia Sabga (@patriciasabga)

From Congregation Beit Simchat Torah Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, D.D. (@skleinbaum)

Below are organizations recommended by Rabbi Kleinbaum, along with musical selections.

From Columbia Professor of Religion Josef Sorett (@JosefSorett)

A sampling of questions from registrants:

  • What is the University's role in speaking out against religious intolerance?
  • How are Muslims responding to increased discrimination and scrutiny as a result of recent events in Paris, San Bernardino, CA and around the world?
  • How do America's civil liberties and social inclusion compare to the rest of the world?
  • How can the media contribute in a constructive way to conversations about religious freedom, without provoking hateful rhetoric?
  • How can I be a better ally to my religious (particularly, Muslim) friends and fellow citizens who are under attack?
  • What roles do people without a strong sense of faith or religion play in this conversation?
  • Should people's political decisions be strongly influenced by their religion, or should religious beliefs be separated from politics?

What attendees are saying:

"From the get-go seasoned journalist Patricia Sabga demanded ballsy responses from a panel set to deliver a potentially hum-drum sermon to the converted during this passionate, edge of your seat event ... not quite a debate but closer than anything I've experienced so far at CU...she held each member of the panel accountable to their own agendas... Thank you University Life." - D.L. Lee, School of the Arts