That many imams and Islamic leaders around the world embrace terrorism is not news. Dog bites man. That some imams around the world denounce terrorism is news. Man bites dog. The good news sometimes comes unvarnished, and sometimes with caveats. For some, it’s just too hard, still too difficult, to see the murder of innocents as unqualifiedly evil.
We scan the world around us. Zoom in on Chicago. On Jan. 14, at the Chicago Loop Synagogue, Jews gathered to commemorate the victims of terror in France. Among the speakers were lay leaders, rabbis, priests, ministers — and Imam Hazim Fazlic of the Islamic Cultural Center of Greater Chicago and a professor at Lake Forest College.