Politicizing religion in the U.S. has resulted in the rise of religious intolerance and discrimination against religious minorities and politicians have made religion into an instrument by which to mobilize voters. The Center for Global Islamic Studies and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service hosted a panel discussion at 6 p.m. on March 21 in the Pugh Hall Ocora, which will examine the role of religion in politics and how the politicizing of religion in our country has resulted in significant public discord. The panel addressed this important issue and offer solutions on how we might prevent religion from becoming a source of such political polarization.
Members of the panel included University of Florida political science professor Badredine Arfi, Ph.D.; American Islamic College Arabic and Islamic Studies assistant professor Omer Awass, Ph.D.; UF law professor and associate dean for graduate and non-J.D. programs Lyrissa Lidsky; and Dr. Mustafa M. Ahmed, an assistant professor in the University of Florida College of Medicine's Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and a member of the Center for Global Islamic Studies' Advisory Board.