World Views
3:05 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Charles Kimball On Violence And The Need For Religious Pluralism

The Jewish Star of David, Arab- Christian Cross and Crescent on the front of Beit Hagefen Arab-Jewish Center in Haifa.
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What makes religion turn violent?

That’s the question Charles Kimball is trying to answer.

An ordained Baptist minister with a Th.D. in comparative religion from Harvard, Kimball has studied the intersection of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam for four decades. He’s made more than three dozen trips to the Middle East, worked closely with Congress, the White House, and the U.S. State Department as an analyst of Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations and of the intersection of religion and politics in the United States.

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World Views
2:35 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

World Views: December 19, 2014

Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss the announcement this week by President Obama that the United States would work to normalize relations with Cuba, and North Korea's hacking of Sony in response to the film The Interview.

Then Suzette talks with Charles Kimball, the director of the religious studies program at the University of Oklahoma. He's the author of the books When Religion Becomes Evil and When Religion Becomes Lethal.

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World Views
4:42 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Oklahoma City University Professors Hope for An Increase In Interfaith Understanding


Today Imad Enchassi is an Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Oklahoma City University and the founder and Imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC), but his childhood as a refugee compelled him to devote his life to helping other refugees and promoting understanding between people of different faiths.

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Oklahoma News
3:20 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Moore Beheading Suspect Has Assault Record

Alton Nolen's prison photograph
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Updated at 3:10 p.m.

A man police allege beheaded a woman at a Moore food distribution center late Thursday has a lengthy criminal record and a history of assault, according to court records.

At a press conference Friday morning, police spokesman Jeremy Lewis also said suspect Alton Nolen was in the process of being terminated. 

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Oklahoma News
8:39 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Muslim Group Wants Apology For Lawmaker's Facebook Post, State GOP Disagrees

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The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations wants state Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw) to apologize for saying people should be wary of those who are “Muslim American” in a Facebook post.

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State Rep. John Bennett
3:23 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Muslim Advocacy Group Seeks Apology From Oklahoma Lawmaker

Credit Oklahoma State Legislature

A Muslim advocacy group is seeking an apology from an Oklahoma lawmaker for saying people should be wary of those who are "Muslim American" in a Facebook post.

The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Wednesday that it wants an apology from state Rep. John Bennett.

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World Views
10:50 am
Fri May 23, 2014

World Views: May 23, 2014

University of Oklahoma Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Clarke Stroud joins Suzette Grillot again on their European tour to discuss the concept of “euroskepticism” and the European Union's parliamentary elections.

Later, a conversation with UCLA historian Nile Green about putting Islam into the context of global history. He says the same religious fragmentation that causes sectarian violence in the Middle East leads to religious misunderstanding in the West.

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World Views
12:13 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Understanding Islam By Placing It In The Context Of Global History

The Sufi shrine of Shaykh Yusuf Abu al-Hajjaj in Luxor Temple, Egypt
Marc Ryckaert/Naamsvermelding vereist /Wikimedia Commons

UCLA historian Nile Green boarded a train for Istanbul at 17 to get as far away as he possibly could from his home in England. As he traveled through India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, he gradually learned the world’s Muslim population extends far beyond its Middle Eastern core.

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State Capitol
6:20 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Muslim Leader Banned From Police Training Seminar

Credit Council on American Islamic Relations

The head of a Muslim advocacy group in Oklahoma says he's been banned from attending a police training seminar Friday at the state Capitol that the group says includes speakers who have in the past engaged in anti-Muslim rhetoric.

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8:13 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Bridenstine: Political Correctness Cause Of Fort Hood Shooting

A congressman faults political correctness in the military for allowing the 2009 rampage at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead and dozens wounded.

Oklahoma Republican Jim Bridenstine says the alleged gunman, Maj. Nidal Hasan, was open about his radical Islamist views before the shooting, but his Army superiors didn't take action for fear of appearing intolerant.

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