Columnists

Author Archive | Salim Mansur

New pontiff’s views good for the world

The secular world is convinced there is nothing more beyond this brief existence of ours than a planet spinning in a meaningless void. But this, too, is a matter of faith—secular faith. The guardians of this faith are in general arrogantly skeptical and cynical toward those who believe in an eternal and unchanging truth beyond […]


Contact the Editor: Joel Johannesen
**Link to this article alone ** Posted under the categories(s): Columnists, Salim Mansur Joel Johannesen on TwitterFollow Joel Johannesen on Twitter

Remember when honour was important?

There was once an unspoken rule in public life that when trust is broken and a reputation sullied, the person in question should depart and save others from embarrassment. We no longer live in such a world or, more properly, we now imagine that to demand honour in public life is romantic fiction. It has […]


Contact the Editor: Joel Johannesen
**Link to this article alone ** Posted under the categories(s): Columnists, Salim Mansur Joel Johannesen on TwitterFollow Joel Johannesen on Twitter

Pope taught vital inner truths

The meaning of man, or what a human being represents in nature’s kingdom, was provided best by Shakespeare in his inimitable style. The Bard made Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, meditate on man in the following words: “What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form […]


Contact the Editor: Joel Johannesen
**Link to this article alone ** Posted under the categories(s): Columnists, Salim Mansur Joel Johannesen on TwitterFollow Joel Johannesen on Twitter

Stick around

This past weekend marked the second anniversary of the American presence in Baghdad.  If the fragile democratic bloom of an Arab spring is to blossom, many more such anniversaries must come and go before U.S. President George W. Bush leaves Iraqis to their own devices. Baghdad’s fall to U.S. soldiers in 2003 was hardly the […]


Contact the Editor: Joel Johannesen
**Link to this article alone ** Posted under the categories(s): Columnists, Salim Mansur Joel Johannesen on TwitterFollow Joel Johannesen on Twitter

A fearless man of light

Among all the extraordinarily remarkable qualities Karol Joseph Wojtyla possessed and displayed to the world as Pope John Paul II, the one that was most striking was his role as a fearless, and yet humble, teacher of the eternal truth as he understood and witnessed it. As a Muslim, I was one among the millions […]


Contact the Editor: Joel Johannesen
**Link to this article alone ** Posted under the categories(s): Columnists, Salim Mansur Joel Johannesen on TwitterFollow Joel Johannesen on Twitter

Terri Schiavo case is about all of us

The story of Easter is about dying, then death and the resurrection of Jesus. In its theological rendition, this is an annual story of hope, reminding Christians that though death is certain, mortality does not vanquish life, which comes with a promise of returning to God. But there is the other, more compelling story about […]


Contact the Editor: Joel Johannesen
**Link to this article alone ** Posted under the categories(s): Columnists, Salim Mansur Joel Johannesen on TwitterFollow Joel Johannesen on Twitter