THE BLAIR WHICH? PROJECT
Will Tony Blair convert to Catholicism? I don't know, but that's the reported speculation. And if he does, will that balance out King Henry VIII's rejection of Rome? Hmmm.
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TOWARD BETTER FBI-MUSLIM RELATIONS
If you had to guess, how many Muslim FBI agents would you say there are?
But as this recent report in the Arab News suggests, the Federal Bureau of Investigation would like to change that and, in the process, create better, more trusting relationships between the FBI and American Muslims.
One of the ways the agency is doing that is through humor. At a recent convention of Arab Americans, the FBI sponsored some stand-up comedy. (Just as an aside, when I was growing up, I thought J. Edgar Hoover was a stand-up comedian until the grown-ups around me assured me that he was deadly serious and meant to talk and act that way.)
Well, a little levity never hurts, but in the long run what will convince Muslims that the FBI can be trusted will be the agency's policies and behavior, including the way it treats everyone. The agency, when properly managed, can be an effective crime-fighting tool, and its agents should include people from all facets of American life.
So there's still lots of work left to do.
To read my latest Kansas City Star work, click here. (In my column tomorrow, I will be asking where the passion is in faith communities on issues of racial harmony and poverty.)