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Dallas Morning News –
Texas Faith – Ghouse Articles in 2010
A total of 13 contributions
towards Texas faith were made, although, I have written in before, but
officially, I started on 9/14th with Dallas Morning News.
Texas Faith: Which religion stories merited more and better
 Published on 12/21/10
at Dallas Morning news

A great initiative was taken by the Foundation for Pluralism to mitigate
conflicts by demystifying the myths about Qur’aan, which were aggressively
pushed by the right wingers to pit one American against the other.
Pastor Robert Jeffress (of First Baptist Church of Dallas)
called Qur’aan an evil book written by a false prophet. He did not tell the
truth nor did he take up the challenge to identify what is evil in Qur’aan. The
media failed to ask him the specifics; his words were carried on the airwaves like
the gospel truth. http://pluralismcenter.blogspot.com/2012/06/texas-faith-which-religion-stories.html
Texas Faith: Why not worry about your theology?
 Published on 12/14/10
at Dallas Morning news
America does it!
People of faith, particularly “conservatives,”
continue to worry about maintaining theological continuity and integrity, but
they really don’t have a choice and cannot “control” perceived
“deviants” by frightening them with excommunication or persecution.
America is the land of the free and it does bring freedom to one from the
clutches of one’s own beliefs, however religious associations in America are
tempered with free choice. http://pluralismcenter.blogspot.com/2012/06/texas-faith-why-not-worry-about-your.html
TEXAS FAITH: How should chaplains deal with Don’t Ask, Don’t
Tell repeal?
Published on 12/07/10 at Dallas Morning news
Let us resist the temptation to become the
moral police of our nation. We have led the world in innovation, science,
technology, medicine and just about every aspect of life and it is time we
consider moving from restrictive religious convictions to universalizing our
God who loves his creation. It’s a new paradigm in broadening our moral compass.
TEXAS FAITH: Was Oklahoma out of line with Sharia amendment?
Published on 11/16/10 at Dallas Morning news

The Oklahoma referendum on Sharia is simply gratuitous and one of the best examples
of politicians duping the public.
Getting the public to be riled up against something that ain’t
there is the ploy the politicians have been using. Many a times they succeed
and the responsibility falls on our shoulders to wake the public up to such
abuses. http://pluralismcenter.blogspot.com/2012/06/texas-faith-was-oklahoma-out-of-line.html
TEXAS FAITH: How do you view God?
Published on 11/09/10 at Dallas Morning news
Has God created us in his image or have we created God in our
own image? This new paradigm is gaining currency and it is worth looking into. There
are nearly seven billion of us and each one of has his or her own idea of God
on a personal level. We have given gender to that elusive creator and we have
come to believe he is one, many or none. http://pluralismcenter.blogspot.com/2012/06/texas-faith-how-do-you-view-god.html
TEXAS FAITH: Why does fear sell on the campaign trail?
Published on 11/02/10 at Dallas Morning news

Fear has been ingrained into our psyche from the moment we had a chance to
life. Darwin proclaimed the universal truth, “Survival of the
fittest,” though his reference was to survival of the species; it is
indeed applicable in political, social, religious, cultural and other contexts.  http://pluralismcenter.blogspot.com/2012/06/texas-faith-why-does-fear-sell-on.html

TEXAS FAITH: Does firing Juan Williams improve our understanding
of religious diversity?
Published on 10/26/10 at Dallas Morning news
No, we are not better off forbidding any view
however ill-expressed in an honest discussion of America’s view of Islam.
Neither God nor religion should be free from any critical study including Islam
and Quraan. Yes, I am a Muslim, and like most Muslims I will defend that
freedom to the core. http://pluralismcenter.blogspot.com/2012/06/texas-faith-does-firing-juan-williams.html
TEXAS FAITH: Should Christians (and other non-Hindus) beware of
 Published on 10/19/10 at Dallas Morning news
Mohler seems to be threatened by the popularity
of yoga, a beautiful practice to bring composure to oneself. He is obsessed
with the idea that yoga is a bait to lure his congregation away into “a
spiritual practice that threatens to transform their own spiritual lives into a
`post-Christian, spiritually polyglot’ reality”, and then he asks,
“Should any Christian willingly risk that?” How mistaken can one be?
Yoga is not a mutually exclusive practice, nor is it a religion; it is indeed a
catalyst in achieving the union of mind and body that is central to all
spirituality. http://pluralismcenter.blogspot.com/2012/06/texas-faith-should-christians-and-other.html
TEXAS FAITH: Why do our faiths shape some political views, but
not others?
Published on 10/12/10 at Dallas Morning news

A causal relationship exists between what one
hears from the pulpit and his/her disposition towards the issues reflected in
the survey. Causal relationships exist when one variable causes a change in
another variable.  http://pluralismcenter.blogspot.com/2012/06/texas-faith-why-do-our-faiths-shape.html
TEXAS FAITH: Why is there such a lack of religious knowledge?
Published on 10/05/10 at Dallas Morning news

The shallowness of religious knowledge can be attributed to the immediate
gratification syndrome, which can lead one to be satisfied with quick fixes and
shy away from seeking deeper knowledge about religion. Many people are content
with simple answers to questions like “Mom where did we come from?”
“What is the bottom line?” “Am I saved?” They are happy
with the instant meals. http://pluralismcenter.blogspot.com/2012/06/texas-faith-why-is-there-such-lack-of.html

FAITH: Why do we pray for Christopher Hitchens?

Published on 9/28/10 at Dallas Morning news
Our altruistic nature nudges us to wish well
for others, and thus we pray for Christopher Hitchens for a speedy recovery.
Prayers and wishes are the words to express one’s desire to include everyone to
be a part of the universal energy that we long for regardless of our race,
ethnicity, sex, belief or ability. We are simply wishing him well in our own
way that we know of, and I am sure he has the capacity to receive the good on
its face value. http://pluralismcenter.blogspot.com/2012/06/texas-faith-why-do-we-pray-for.html
TEXAS FAITH: Should faithful focus on charity or justice?
Published on 9/21/10 at Dallas Morning news
Charity or justice reminds me of the chicken or egg example.
Charity comes alive in response to social and economic
injustices that happen in a given society. If the societies operate on the
principles of justice in every aspect of life, then charity may remain a
dormant element. However, there is something beyond all this that operates
within all of us. http://pluralismcenter.blogspot.com/2012/06/texas-faith-should-faithful-focus-on.html
Texas Faith: What religion stories should the media focus on?
Published on 9/14/10 at Dallas Morning News

My first piece at Dallas Morning News – Bill McKenzie introduces, Sam Hodges
had intiatied.
“The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth; to
lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell
the country for his daily bread.” Ever
since John Swinton, of the New York Times uttered
those words in the last century, discussions among media barons have continued
about the nature of their business. http://pluralismcenter.blogspot.com/2012/06/texas-faith-what-religion-stories.html

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