The Jewish Journal ran an op-ed by Reuven Firestone, CRCC senior fellow, on the factors that prevent Jews and Muslims from building intercultural bridges.
We humans have the peculiar habit of demonizing what we fear but don’t understand. When we are uncertain of the cause for our fear and anxiety, we typically make one up. As kids, it’s the monster in the closet. As we get older, we often learn to find the monster in other people, and sometimes we demonize entire communities or populations.