Bishop Sisk on religious violence

Bishop Mark Sisk, the Episcopal Bishop of New York, posted his thoughts today on the importance of dialogue between Islam and Christianity. His comments are part of “On Faith,”: a new religion site run by Newsweek and the Washington Post.

Sisk is one of many On Faith panelists who will weigh in from time to time on the issues of the day.

Sisk notes that violence and extreme elements are not the sole province of Islam:

“Christianity too has, and has had, a tradition of violence against non-believers. Seared into Muslim consciousness is the hideous inheritance of the crusades: crusades called for by a predecessor to Pope Benedict XVI, a call that was responded to with alacrity by people all across Western Europe.”

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.