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Pluralism

The Challenge of Pluralism: Public Sphere for Me, But Not for Thee

Murali Balaji | Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Religious pluralism is perhaps the greatest challenge in American society, where policymakers and "thought leaders" -- including many in the media -- still frame the narrative of pluralism based upon a Judeo-Christian worldview, sometimes expanding to include Islam as part of an Abrahamic-centric public discourse.

A Relationship of Mutual Respect and Admiration: His Highness the Aga Khan Becomes First Faith Leader to Address Joint Session of Canadian Parliament

Rizwan Mawani | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Rizwan Mawani

The Shi'a Imam spoke about the increased conflict that characterized our world, the tensions between Sunni and Shi'a interpretations of Islam and that pluralism -- an ethic in which diversity, not just in its spirit, but in practice -- needed to be valued and championed.

Too Good to Be True

Emre Celik | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Emre Celik

Does such skepticism further ostracize the 'other' or does it give rise to greater motivation and encouragement for such communities, groups and organizations to be more proactive?

Congratulations: Finally, Israel Is on the Doorstep of the Ultimate; Her Eternal Security

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.27.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

This deal is a good first step towards that goal. This is good for Israel, Iran, America and the entire Middle east.

Harassment of Sikhs in New York and Mississippi Is Not Acceptable

Mike Ghouse | Posted 11.26.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Every American must feel a sense of security, safety and freedom. If we can learn to respect the otherness of others and accept the God given uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.

Remembering 9/11 by building stronger diverse communities

Common Ground News Service | Posted 11.11.2013 | Religion
Common Ground News Service

by Lobna Ismail and Alex Kronemer Washington, DC - The power of the American story -- E Pluribus Unum. The idea that out of many nations, sects and e...

These Interfaith Quotes Will Inspire You

Posted 09.20.2013 | Religion

Despite their differences, all religions share a similar message of peace and tolerance. In the history of faith, there are so many beautiful and insp...

What the Chautauqua Bell Tower Reminded Me: How to Be a Christian in a Pluralistic World... and Family

Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman

This is Christian tradition at its best: not just tolerating the "religious other," but committed to fostering dialogue and relationships with people from other traditions.

Is Tribalism Inevitable?

Rosabeth Moss Kanter | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Human nature allows us to think our way out of blindspots. Tribalism is muted by other human creations, such as diverse communities with complex structures and more universalistic values. We call that civilization.

Pope Francis And The New Pluralism

David Lose | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion
David Lose

The pope made waves when he said in a sermon last week that Jesus Christ redeems all: those who are Roman Catholic and those who are not; those who believe, and those who don't.

Honoring Muslim American Veterans On Memorial Day

Craig Considine | Posted 07.26.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Under George Washington, several Muslim Americans served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Bampett Muhammad, for example, fought for the "Virginia Line" between 1775 and 1783.

Including LGBTQ Voices In Interfaith Work

Chris Stedman | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
Chris Stedman

I feel more convinced than ever that interfaith efforts should include LGBTQ voices; if such work is intended to bring together people with different and sometimes contradicting convictions and identities, then it has to.

Salam Fayyad: Emerging as he Exits

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

Fayyad will soon have to decide how to pursue his vision in practice. Can he turn his credibility into votes and electability, assuming elections are held? Can, or will he be allowed to, build an independent political movement, assuming he wants to do that?

Femen: Please Slow Your Roll

Vlad Chituc | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Vlad Chituc

I can't deny that hearts are in the right places and heads are on the right side of this issue, but I ask of FEMEN: Please, slow down and make sure that your protests are respectful of whoever you're tying to help. There's no need to be patronizing or to exploit harmful stereotypes.

One Family, Two Faith Traditions: Navigating Pluralism Within The Family

Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman

My own sense of being Christian has certainly been challenged and deepened time and time again by my encounters with and within Judaism. But some days, I yearn for the simplicity -- even if it is a fantasy -- of our family, all five of us, resting in the same tradition.

How Our Children Learn

Rabbi Abraham Unger, Ph.D. | Posted 04.07.2013 | Parents
Rabbi Abraham Unger, Ph.D.

Children know no boundaries. They are open to assimilating their experiences in a flash through a never-ending combination of instinct combined with fervent analysis and lack of inhibition.

The War on Christmas

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 02.21.2013 | Religion
Ryan J. Bell

Those who would use Christmas as cover for their political agenda and to protect their white, middle class, privilege are waging the real war on Christmas.

Hindus In The Heartland: Let Me Hear You Say "Namaste"

Philip Goldberg | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

Temple attendance is an awful criterion to apply to Hindus, since their tradition does not emphasize congregational activity and many Hindus prefer to do their spiritual practices on home altars and meditation cushions.

Tulsi Breaks The Religious Glass Ceiling

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 01.30.2013 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

My hope is that Tulsi Gabbard, as a Hindu American, will bring to Washington and to her style of representation two striking qualities that are as quintessentially Hindu as they are American -- the duty to work toward the greater good and pluralism.

What Happens When Governments Foster Interfaith Action?

Rev. Donald Heckman | Posted 01.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Donald Heckman

The involvement of multiple governments -- with resources, not just platitudes -- could create a global political climate of expectation for religious tolerance. The stakes just changed in that regard.

My Religion Is The Truth -- For Me

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Pluralism is not a religion; it is an attitude of respecting the otherness of others and accepting the God given uniqueness of each one of us.

Why Pluralism Should Matter To Atheists

Vlad Chituc | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Vlad Chituc

Pluralism responsibly done and (necessarily) rooted in secularism can only be a good thing. We don't need to embrace the homophobic, the racist or the sexist to get along.

Obama's U.N. Speech: Democratic Pluralism and the American Mission

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

He has juxtaposed democratic pluralism with its opposite -- a fundamentalism that suppresses dissent and seeks to impose conformity on the population of a country, a region, or even the whole world.

9/11 Prompts Strong Muslim Commitment To America

Mike Ghouse | Posted 11.11.2012 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

One of the shameless outcomes of 9/11 was letting our enemies win. Osama bin Laden and his gang wanted to weaken America, and we let them, by pitting one American against the other.

Interfaith Dialogue or Delusion?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

In recent events, vigils and prayer meetings following, marking and responding to the horrific murders at the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin there were many who beat the inter-religious/interfaith dialogue drum