"If we can learn to respect the otherness of the other and accept the God-given/Nature-given uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge" -- Dr. Mike Ghouse
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Dr. Mike Ghouse is the founder and president of the Center for Pluralism. He is a speaker, thinker, author, community consultant, pluralist, activist, newsmaker, and an interfaith wedding officiant. Mike is deeply committed to Free speech, Human Rights, and Pluralism in Religion, Politics, Societies, and the workplace. He has dedicated his life to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions to the media and the policymakers. More about him at www.TheGhousediary.com.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, December 27, 2013 Same Sex marriage criminalized by Supreme Court of India, it is an UN-wise decision
The Supreme Court's decision on December 11, 2013 to uphold section 377 of the Indian Penal code that criminalizes same sex marriage is not wise, and needs to be challenged. Is the judgment influenced by the undue belligerence from the right wing Hindu, Muslim and Christian leaders or is it in the spirit of the constitution?
(12 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 2, 2014 Pope Francis is a mercy to mankind
Every century produces a great soul, and we are blessed again to start this century with a great human being; Pope Francis, a mercy to mankind. His acts bring hope and relief to the women, children, oppressed, poor, minorities, the weak, and believers and non believers alike. Indeed he is reinvigorating the work of Moses, Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, Muhammad, and other great souls with love for humanity.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 25, 2014 Mr. Narendra Modi's hypothetical acceptance speech on Monday, May 26, 2014
This is the biggest historic moment in the world of governance. Never in the history of mankind, there has ever been an individual freely elected to govern by such a huge mandate, the largest number of people on the earth have voted Mr. Narendra Modi to lead the democratic Republic of India. On Monday, May 26, 2014, Mr. Modi will take the oath of office of the Prime Minister. His speech would be about inclusive development.
(12 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 15, 2015 Is Hinduism a violent religion?
Hinduism is indeed blessed not to be slapped with 9/11-like terrorism label on it, despite the massacres of 3000 Sikhs in New Delhi by the violent Hindu mobs in just three days, for a total of 8,000 Sikhs within a week. Nearly a thousand Muslims were butchered by the fanatic Hindus in Gujarat within two weeks in 2002.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, December 27, 2013 Narendra Modi's Nakshatras are not in his favor, he needs to save the embarrassment.
India, the world largest democracy is facing a major moral dilemma; to vote for the incumbent Indian National Congress, weak on development but inclusive of all Indians or the other frightful choice is a pro-development and socially exclusive party led by Mr. Narendra Modi, who is often compared with Hitler for his focus on development at the cost of exclusion of minorities.
(9 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 24, 2014 A response to Sean Hannity's Fox News Panel on Radical Islam
Can you call Pamela Geller a murderer, and Bill Blasio a rapist? Because New Yorkers murdered over 1500 people, and raped over 3000 women last year? It would be dumb, wouldn't it? Blaming Islam or Muslims for the acts of the few is equally dumb. Blaming Islam does no good. You cannot beat, kill, hang, slaughter, shoot or bury religion - it amounts to barking at the wrong tree, it does not produce any result.
SHARE Monday, December 30, 2013 India: Arvind Kejriwal sworn in as Chief Minister of New Delhi and follows Lincoln's idea of government
A historic moment for Indian democracy, a common man becomes the Chief Minister of New Delhi. He brought ordinary citizens together to fight corruption in government and formed the Aam Aadmi Party (Common Man) a year ago, and wins with no financial or party backing against two big parties. Abraham Lincoln must be smiling and saying, this is what I meant by government of the people by the people for the people.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Fixing Sharia Laws
Rather than rejecting Sharia out-right, we need to fix it. Sharia serves as a system of justice to the given populations in Muslim majority nations; without it a large swatch of population would become rudderless. Our own constitution has been amended several times, and that is what is needed to be done with Sharia.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 15, 2015 A Muslim's Christmas
God loves each one of us and showers his blessings each time we make an effort to restore the harmony and cohesiveness of his creation; life and environment.
He is offering another opportunity for this year to further strengthen our bonds on the auspicious occasion of the birthday of Jesus Christ for Muslims and Christians to come together
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 24, 2011 Bigotry of Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and other Republicans
Bigotry of the Right wing Republicans surfaces when the elections are on the horizon, they fabricate an enemy that is not there and shamelessly dupe a few Americans. It is time to question their integrity and verify the veracity of their statements.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 25, 2011 Sharia, not in America
The intent of the Sharia laws was to construct a complete justice system with fairness to all members of society. Peace and a sense of security are the products of justice in a given society. The violations of justice and the rule of law are found in every faith, culture and political system, to varying degrees. In this respect no community is free of blame and no one can cast the first stone against another community.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 10, 2011 Muslim Prayers in Canadian Public Schools
The best thing for the school is to untangle itself from any religious affiliation. When our interests become subservient to the interest of the society at large, no one will lose but gain. That's how we build civil societies. As the beneficiaries of this sacred value, we have to continue to guard against mixing church and the state.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 24, 2014 Muslim response to Hindu Temple conflagration in Pakistan
The Muslim majority is concerned about the destruction of Hindu temple. Here is an action plan to create a fund to rebuild the temple; that is the least one can do to fellow countrymen. Every society has a responsibility to guard the safety of its minorities, women, seniors, and children; no one should feel fearful of the majorities. That is the hallmark of civil societies.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 25, 2014 Holocaust and Native American’s Genocides event in Dallas organized by a Muslim.
The Jewish people have lived with apprehensions and fear of anti-Semitism for nearly sixty years after the Holocaust. Yom HaShoah has been commemorated in the Synagogues and Holocaust museums throughout the world since then; however, attendance was predominantly by the Jewish community. It was time for the world to stand up with Jews and say, we are with you in your most difficult moment.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Muslims must fix Boko Haram
We cannot push or bush the extremists to dig in their heels and stick to their positions. Dialogue opens up opportunities with least damage and least cost. I have been thinking of taking a Muslim delegation to Nigeria. Mr. Abubakar Shekau needs to be included in a conversation and asked to explain the sources of his claims. Neither Qur'an nor Prophet (pbuh) support his actions. He is holding innocent girls against their will.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Muslims welcome congressional hearings by Peter King
We have to identify the criminals who are individually accountable for their actions, and we need to punish them expediently according to the law. As a civil society, we must also resist the temptation to blame their families, their nation or their religion.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 20, 2008 The Spirit, rituals and politics of Ramadan
The Spiritual masters have captured the human gravity for rituals and have molded it with the art and science of self-discipline in their respective religion. The noble purpose of each one of them was to bring a balance in our lives and a balance with things that surround us; life and environment. Every faith is composed of a set of unique rituals to bring discipline and peace to human life. Fasting is one of the five rituals
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, July 28, 2014 Sanity Prayers for American Jews and American Muslims
The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is a humanitarian one, and it would be wrong to label it as Jewish and Muslim or between Judaism and Islam. We have to guard ourselves from labeling each other as enemies, which we are not, and we shouldn't be. Of course a few among us look to the other as if they have wronged us. No, none whatsoever. I have not wronged any Jew and neither my Jewish friends have wronged me.
(19 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 24, 2015 Muslims Challenge Al-Baghdadi's Lunatic Message
The self proclaimed Caliph Al-Baghdadi of an unrecognized state, ISIL, is mis-quoting and abusing the name of Islam. Muslims are challenging him to prove his claims, which are not in the Quran, and which in fact contradict the directives that are in the Quran.
SHARE Thursday, July 16, 2015 Ramadan for Christians, Jews, Hindus and other
This article tracks the general purpose of religion and how each religion can appeal to people of different faiths. Religions and festivities came into being to bring people together and not divide them. Here we explore Ramadan, two of the major festivals of Muslims.
SHARE Saturday, December 28, 2013 India: Narendra Modi's words sound hollow after the court verdict
Mr. Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat, has been compared for his focus on development of his state, while tearing the social fabric of Gujarat and reducing minorities to second-class citizens. The Gujarat Massacred killed nearly 1000 people and displaced 20,000 without any rehabilitation or compensation. The lower court sided with the recommendations of a special-investigative team on December 26, 2013
SHARE Wednesday, December 16, 2015 HH Aga Khan's birth celebrations - Khushali Mubarak
Aga Khan is the spiritual leaders of Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, a sub group of Shia Muslims. He is one of the rare gems of Islamic scholarship and a Harvard Graduate. He has understood the essence of Islam and articulates it very well. Islam to him is serving and caring for people around you, regardless of their affiliation.
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 30, 2015 Bikers to draw Muhammad Cartoons in Phoenix
A group of Armed Bikers in Phoenix have decided to draw cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), as a sequel to the Garland event, and want to march in front of the mosque. Muslims have decided not to react and instead pray for a safe, sane and secure America.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Freedom of speech is an Islamic value defended by Muslims
Freedom of speech is the hallmark of civilizations, it is an enduring value and we simply cannot compromise on it, however much a few may abuse it. We believe in free speech and that is the only way societies sustain and grow.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, September 28, 2018 No to Kavanaugh
Bret Kavanaugh is not fit to be the Judge of the Supreme Court, he is partisan, his temperament is ill suited and does not allow through investigation of him. We cannot trust him and hence, the Senate should not confirm him.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 9, 2015 Congressman Peter King Owes an Apology to Muslims
No American uses the N word or Anti-Semitic statements and gets away with it, now thanks to the Supreme Court, Gay bashing will be gone. That leaves Hispanic immigrants and Muslims. With Amnesty, hopefully xenophobia will be reduced but Americans together need to stand up and put a stop to irresponsible statements made against fellow Americans.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 6, 2011 Muslims rejoice the end of an evil era.
Muslims sigh with relief, pray and celebrate, they were not only victims of Bin Laden's terrorism, but were also the subject of harassment by several governments around the world and in the Airports as well.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 25, 2014 TIME 100 list is flawed with questionable integrity of the TIME Institution
Did Mr. Narendra Modi really made it to the top of TIME 100 annual lists of the most influential people in the world, given the questionable integrity of the poll? Can Time audit its computers to determine how many clicks have come from the same computer? They have made the same mistake once before.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 22, 2009 Obama the Macho Man
Obama is a fresh thinker, his approach is refreshing, and he is endowed with a re-fresh button. Unfortunately, he has shown this dumber than dumb streak in him to show off his macho manhood; killing and destruction. Obama is my hero, and those of us who admire him, have an obligation to point out his mis-steps that could cost us dearly in economic and moral terms.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 12, 2008 Republicans, please put America first.
It is time for you, the good principled Republican senators, congressmen and women and all those committed to the principles of the party to wake up and rescue the party from being hijacked again by those who want power devoid of republicanism.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 22, 2015 Dr. Ben Carson out- trumps Trump in Discriminatory Attitude.
Dr. Ben Carson has made four major mistakes in his campaign - 1. one is innocent until proven guilty; 2. You don't stereotype groups based on individual behavior; 3. Per Declaration of our independence we are all created equal; and 4. He has prejudice against Muslims based on unreliable source of information.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 26, 2008 The Final Journey of Najma Ghouse
Najma had prepared herself for this journey, she had jettisoned the anxiety, and cleared her mind from desiring to do a few more things or touch a few more lives. She accepted her role in the world and was content with what she had done. She was grateful to the creator for enriching her with a full spectrum of life experiences from serene bliss to utter sadness, loneliness to being loved, bad times to good times and fun times
SHARE Wednesday, February 13, 2019 What's the American Muslim Agenda?
What is that Americans Muslims want? How close are they to what you want? What can they do about it? What are your issues with each other? If you are a conservative, grudgingly, you'll see the value in it, and if you are a moderate, you'll dance and sing along.
(12 comments) SHARE Monday, December 29, 2008 The Gaza Solutions
The world sympathized with Israel for the rockets they endured in their backyards, but when they get on the revenge bandwagon and indiscriminately kill, they lose sympathy. The oppressed ones all around the world including the majority of Israelis and Jews feel the pain of this massacre, it flies in the face of our continued efforts to stop massacres, it is time for all of us to speak up. This is not the act of peace making.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 5, 2015 American Muslims launch an organization in Washington DC
The hallmark of civil societies is to treat every human with dignity, and our founding fathers encapsulated that in our immortal declaration of independence that all men are created equal. At American Muslim Institution we are committed to promote those values.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 17, 2015 The Islamic way of dealing with Terrorists
The President concludes with this, "Blaming the religion is the dumbest thing to do, because we cannot beat, kick, hack, shoot, hang, kill or bury a religion, it's an intangible thing my fellow Americans! We can blame the individuals and restore trust and harmony back in the society. "
SHARE Monday, May 26, 2014 Personal Reflections on Memorial Day
Memorial day helps us appreciate those who have given up their lives for the sake of our freedom, and it is also a day to reflect upon life and death and our existence, haughtiness and humility.
(28 comments) SHARE Monday, March 3, 2008 Obama the Shepherd
Thank God for Obama, he mirrors the dreams of millions of Americans and is our new shepherd on the political spectrum. He will lead us to a safe, secure, strong, and respectable and a healthy America.
SHARE Thursday, December 27, 2007 Religious Violence in Orissa, India
Eleven Churches have been razed to ground following a reported attack on Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, a political party leader. Shamefully this is a normal thing in India and it needs to be stopped before it escalates.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 20, 2008 With Friends like Bush, Israel doesn't need enemies.
The Neocon gang talks peace, but doesn't mean it. Their plans have failed badly, and they still don't get it. They are no good for Israel, Palestine or America, their actions and words are the root cause of terror and turmoil in the world. The more they talk about terrorizing the little nations, the more dangerous they make it for Israel. With Friends like Bush, Israel doesn't need enemies.
SHARE Tuesday, April 29, 2008 Ahmadiyya Muslims, what next?
The real issue is not about who is a Muslim, but it is about how the majorities treat their minorities.
Should the bad decisions of a few in the name of Islam, reflect on the Muslim community at large? Now, Indonesia is planning to ban the "heretical" Muslim sect, should that reflect on Islam? The least we can do is to speak up against the tyranny of one group of people against the other.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, May 5, 2008 Could weTrust the American Media?
Could the Iraq war have been prevented had the American media asked the right questions? How do conservative media commentators frame the actions of different religious communities? Does the media pay due attention to history? Mike Ghouse reflects on the political impact of mainstream media decisions.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 7, 2008 With friends like Clinton, Israel don't need enemies.
With friends like Clinton, Jews don't need enemies. Her words fuel the anti-Semitic repressed sentiments among average Americans and certainly evoke anger in the Middle East; where as McCain's Islamophobic attitude fuels terrorist outfits like Al-Qaeda. Do we need these two to run our nation down?
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 7, 2008 With friends like Clinton, Israelis don't need enemies.
With friends like Clinton, Jews don't need enemies. Her words fuel the anti-Semitic repressed sentiments among average Americans and certainly evoke anger in the Middle East; where as McCain fuels Islamophobia. Do we need these two to run our nation down? Absolutely not!
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 10, 2008 Yes we can bring peace to Gaza
Israel owes peace and security to her citizens and it is directly dependent on the security and peace needs of the Palestinians. You cannot live in peace, when your neighbor's aren't. Finding a balance is the most difficult thing to do and both the nations are trying and failing. No wonder the phrase "love thy neighbor" plays such a crucial role in every society.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, December 28, 2007 Hope for Pakistan
She threatened the extremists, a dare move perhaps calculated to win the support of majority of moderates in Pakistan who want to live a normal life. They got to her before she could get them. Pakistan is ripe for democracy; a majority of her people believes in it. We cannot ambush terrorism with bombs; we can certainly dissolve it through dialogue, education and patience. We need a whole new generation into thinking