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The Catalyst Strikes Again!

by James G. Beldock on April 2, 2007

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!

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