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Scholar to Present Seminar on Islam for Clergy

Scholar to Present Seminar on Islam for Clergy.
Contact: Patrick Verel (212) 636-7790   
An expert on Islam will explore its basic history, concepts and calendar at a free seminar for New York-area clergy. 
“Islam 101” will be presented by Hussein Rashid, Ph.D., visiting instructor at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. 
When: Tuesday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Where: 12th-Floor Lounge, Lowenstein Building, Lincoln Center campus 
RSVP: before Thursday, March 24 to Mary Tennermann (212) 665-0732 ext. 237

Quoted: Press Release for Prepare NY

Major Coalition Formed to Bolster Tolerance and Healing as Tenth Anniversary of... -- NEW YORK, March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --.
"I am exceptionally proud to be a New Yorker," said Hussein Rashid, Ph.D., a principal instructor at Quest, another of the coalition partners. "After the events of 9/11, we came together as a city. Now, 10 years later, we need to actively work to heal our city, to have some of the conversations we never had, and to lead our country by example. This coalition of faith-based organizers and institutions is our contribution back to New York City."

Quoted: Politics Daily

Muslim Baiting: Peter King's Dangerous Obsession.
Agrees Hussein Rashid, a professor at Hofstra who blogs at "Most domestic terror does not come from the Muslim community. The equivalent would have made all Irish Catholics suspects in '80s, Jews in Communist era, blacks in rise of the Black Panthers, or that all Italians would be responsible for the mob. It is unacceptable. 
"It shows that King is unaware of his constituency in New York. It shows a real lack of engagement with those constituencies and shows a real lack of awareness of what being in charge of Homeland Security actually means -- it means engaging on what unites us rather than [what's] dividing us. . . . Diverting law enforcement resources away from real threats to investigating our community, well, that opens holes in our safety net."