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Living Questions: ICJS Leaders On Religious Tolerance, Religious Extremism

Jun 27, 2016

(top left) Dr. Christopher Leighton, retiring executive director of the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies, (top right) Dr. Heather Miller Rubens, incoming executive director of ICJS, (bottom left) Dr. Homayra Ziad, an Islamic scholar at ICJS, (bottom right) Dr. Benjamin Sax, Jewish scholar at ICJS.
Credit Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies

It’s time for another installment of Living Questions, a monthly series of conversations in which we examine the role of religion in the public sphere. 

Dr. Christopher Leighton is retiring after more than 30 years as executive director of the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies, a nonprofit organization that promotes religious tolerance.  Dr. Leighton's successor at the helm of ICJS is Dr. Heather Miller Rubens.  A specialist in Roman Catholic affairs, she and Dr. Leighton join Tom in-studio to reflect on the group's legacy and its mission going forward. 

Then, the discussion turns to the dark challenge posed by religious extremism, one of the apparent motivating forces behind the Orlando mass shooting, the Paris attacks and other recent acts of terror. Dr. Homayra Ziad, an Islamic scholar at ICJS, and Dr. Benjamin Sax, the group's Jewish scholar, join Tom, Dr. Leighton and Dr. Rubens to discuss how people of faith should respond to acts of violence carried out in the name of God, and how communities of faith can work to counter emerging cultures of hate.