Religionists can quickly rattle off myriad global, historical sites of contested holy space. But there is still something deeply nauseating, unhomed, un-everything, about attacks on vulnerable human beings at prayer, or about to pray. We want to believe in religious spaces as safe dwellings, as sanctuaries in the most literal sense of the word—but they have also long been targets for Americans who fear change.See the entire piece here. John Hobbins has some further discussion here.
I also just saw a case of violence (this time arson) on a Joplin, Missouri, mosque here.