My good friend Irshad Manji, whom I called Islam’s Catalyst in Chief back in a November blog entry, is back at it again, this time with a new PBS Documentary called “Faith Without Fear” which will premiere on PBS stations nationwide on the evening of April 19th, and in Canada (her home country) on the evening of April 21 on Global TV.
Irshad’s new project reminds us that perhaps Islam’s greatest hope lies within itself. All of Islam may not agree with everything Irshad says (I don’t agree with everything Irshad says!), but debate is a necessary starting point. (Click the image to see an interesting interview Irshad gave to Bob Simon on a recent CBS 60 Minutes episode.)
I’m looking forward to this PBS piece. It’s a measure of Irshad’s growing reputation and impact that PBS will air the piece as part of its new “America at a Crossroads” series (a series of documentaries focusing on the challenges facing the US in a post September 11th world) I, for one, couldn’t think of any more critical crossroads than this. Congratulations, Catalyst. You’ve done it again!