Limmud Michigan 2020 - March 22, 2020
The Student Center at Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, Michigan
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Sunday, March 22 • 1:05pm - 2:00pm
When Bigots Cite Scripture

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Many of us are familiar with Islamophobes distorting passages of the Koran or taking them out of context. Many Anti-Semites from Farakhan to David Duke do the same with regard to the Talmud (some Anti-Semites on Twitter argued that Jeffrey Epstein was following the Talmud in committing his crimes). Together, we will examine examples of each, exploring some commonalities between such misuses of our respective sacred texts. At the same time, all religions (including those of Christianity and other religions) have ethically problematic passages in their sacred texts. That being the case, what, exactly, makes it hateful for a bigot to cite another religion’s sacred text? And how can/should ethical religious people approach such texts?

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Saeed Khan

Lecturer, Adjunct Professor, Wayne State University
Saeed A. Khan is currently in the Department of History and Lecturer in the Department of Near East & Asian Studies at Wayne State University-Detroit, Michigan, where he teaches Islamic and Middle East History, Islamic Civilizations and History of Islamic Political Thought. Mr. Khan... Read More →
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David Polsky

Rabbi, Educator, Detroit Center for Civil Discourse
Rabbi David Polsky is a Kosher Supervisor at Gold N Greens, a Program Associate at the Detroit Center for Civil Discourse, and a scholar-in residence at Congregation Beit Levitz. He lives in Southfield with his wife and two girls.

Sunday March 22, 2020 1:05pm - 2:00pm EDT