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What do you miss (and not miss) about religion?

Reading Time: 10 minutes I was raised Muslim in the United States with refugee parents from Bosnia and Iraq. Before entering our mosque, I washed my hands, feet, and face, removed my shoes, grabbed a prayer rug, and bowed in submission to Allah. The croons of the sheikh singing sacred Arabic syllables vibrated off of the walls in tandem with the quiet […]

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What book changed your life or worldview?

Reading Time: 6 minutes The title caught my eye between blurs of harried travelers: Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers. Sacrilege! I thought. Mustn’t look. But the red and gold cover tempted me like the devil himself. Loudspeakers announced flight numbers in monotone stability while my heart committed vertigo. I stepped closer to the display table. Blasphemy! I […]