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In the Wake of Paris Attacks, Should Muslims Have to Defend Islam?

We all were shocked and angered by the attacks Friday night in Paris. Houston interfaith activist Saadia Faruqi called it “another heinous, barbaric attack.” She had additional thoughts about how, as a Muslim in America, she’ll once again be “expected to apologize” for terrorists. She wrote about it in an essay she posted this weekend […]

We all were shocked and angered by the attacks Friday night in Paris. Houston interfaith activist Saadia Faruqi called it “another heinous, barbaric attack.” She had additional thoughts about how, as a Muslim in America, she'll once again be "expected to apologize" for terrorists. She wrote about it in an essay she posted this weekend on the Tikkun Daily Blog, which offers a “spiritual progressive perspective on politics, art, religion, and activism.”

We talk with Faruqi (the author of Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan) about how we all react to terrorism and the position she finds herself in at such moments. We welcome your thoughts, too, about the Paris attacks and our response to them. What can we, here in Houston, contribute to the national conversation?

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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