"What Would You Do?" by ABC is a hidden camera series where people are put into ethical dilemmas, given the choice between passively accepting injustice and standing up for what they believe is right.

This soldier didn't hesitate to speak up when a young man started harassing a Muslim cashier, refusing to be served by him because "he's a Muslim."

The uniformed man defended freedom of religion for all, stating, "We live in America, he can have whatever religion he wants."

"That's the reason I wear the uniform -- so anyone can live free in this country."


When the producer arrived on the scene to explain that the heckler and the cashier were both actors, the soldier downplayed his "heroic" response by saying, "If you're an American, you're an American. Period."

Well said. Watch the video for the full encounter.

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  • Martin Luther King Jr.

    "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

  • The Dalai Lama

    "All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives."

  • Desmond Tutu

    "My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together."

  • Rumi

    "There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground."

  • Maimonides

    "You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes."

  • Gandhi

    "An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."

  • Mother Teresa

    "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."

  • Baha'u'llah

    "The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens"

  • Khalil Gibran

    "I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit."

  • Swami Vivekananda

    "The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him - that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free."

  • St. Francis of Assisi

    "Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love."

  • Carl Sagan

    “Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.”

  • Buddha

    "The mind is everything. What you think you become."

  • Tariq Ramadan

    “I have learned that one should say "Peace!" to those who shout their hatred for one's being and presence or at one's passage.”

  • Confucius

    "Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire."

  • Julian of Norwich

    “The greatest honor we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love.”

  • Socrates

    "Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us."

  • C.S. Lewis

    "I gave in, and admitted that God was God."

  • Martin Luther

    "All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired."

  • Thich Nhat Hanh

    "Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. All systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth."

  • St. Thomas Aquinas

    "To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible."

  • Imam al-Ghazali

    "God does not become weary of forgiving until the servant becomes weary of asking for forgiveness."

  • Lao Tzu

    "Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained."

  • Abraham Joshua Heschel

    "A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair."

  • Karen Armstrong

    "All religions are designed to teach us how to live, joyfully, serenely, and kindly, in the midst of suffering."

  • Mary Baker Eddy

    "I would no more quarrel with a man because of his religion than I would because of his art."

  • Eboo Patel

    "To see the other side, to defend another people, not despite your tradition but because of it, is the heart of pluralism."