As state legislatures pass laws against the imaginary threat of Sharia law and New York City subways are emblazoned with anti-Muslim hate speech, we explore the latest emergence of religious intolerance. Criminologist Brian Levin is a civil rights attorney and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino. Levin is joined by Rabbi Sarah Bassin, executive director of NewGround, an organization that pursues productive engagement between American Muslims and Jews; Edina Lekovic, director of policy and programming for the Muslim Public Affairs Council; and Ali Mir, director of Muslim Student Life at USC.
This ongoing series of timely, thought-provoking events addresses current social and political issues.
Hammer Forum is moderated by Ian Masters, journalist, author, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, and host of the radio programs Background Briefing, Sundays at 11AM, and The Daily Briefing, Monday through Thursday at 5PM, on KPFK 90.7 FM.
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