Interfaith Dialogue on the Bus

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011 – 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM

A group of 10 Muslim Imams and Scholars are visiting Dallas and I was with them on the bus touring today in Fort Worth.  Here is a brief update:

I was with them from 2:00 PM through 1:00 AM and it was exciting to see the trends in pluralism and their (human) desire to co-exists,  and it was a delight to learn about their efforts in working that up.

If were to summarize it in a few words; I wish the media focuses on the obessision and commonality of the right wingers, be it in America or Chad, Afghanistan or Dutch, Brazil or Taiwan… they are bent on dominating and oddly they accuse the other of the same which they are guilty of.  The rise and fall of right wingers is a subject I would like the media to cover.

The 10 Imams/Scholars and people in influential position have the same issues as we do in America, the moderates are being pushed around and shamelessly they keep cushioning the abuse giving the false myth a currency,  that the right is right or the might is right. Those men and women were actually using the word Pluralism quite extensively. I am reluctant to call it a conflict between the moderate majority and the tiny weeny right wing minority, because if the majority does not have balls to stand up to do the right wingers then it is not a conflict. And ofcourse unlike the “me and me” right wingers the “we and us” moderates are not assertive enough to do the good things.

The public on the other hands funds, donates the ones who create division and pitch one against the others, like the Fox news, the right wing republicans and a host of them. When will be see the truth that our monies are doing harm to the cohesive fabric of the society?
Here was my plan and  I will update the full report later at and and 

·      To review the moral and philosophical basis of religious life in the U.S.
·      The historic origins of religious freedom in the U.S
·      To examine the interplay between religion and U.S. politics; and
·      To explore religious education in the U.S.
We will not be able to cover all the topics on the bus; however, I can give a quick review of the following in the given time and would like you to choose the topics from the list below.  Any question about America, Pluralism and Islam are welcome.
  1. Welcome
  2. Interfaith/ Pluralism Greetings
  3. Origins of Interfaith
  1. The issues in America and what are we doing about it.
    1. Quraan Conference  
    2. Quraan burning
    3. The Ground Zero Mosque
    4. Sharia Laws
    5. Pluralism and Prophet Muhammad the Peace Maker
    6. Cartoons/ humility
    7. Origins of Islamophobia are political and 2 Wrong translations of Quraan
    8. What are Muslims doing about building cohesive Societies
                     i.      Unity Day
                     ii.      Reflections on Holocaust & Genocides
                    iii.      Thanksgiving Celebrations
                    iv.      GLBT
                    v.      Anti-Semitism
                   vi.      Islamophobia
                   vii.      Women’s rights
  1. Great things about United States
    1. First Amendment –
    2. Minority Rights
    3. Hope for every human/ A sense of security
    4. You can be who you want to be.
    5. Free Speech
  1. The issues we see in the Middle East
    1. Minority Rights
    2. Radical Sermons
    3. Not hear good things you are doing.
    4. The role of OIC – Rashad Hussain
    5. Apostasy
    6. Blasphemy
    7. Women’s rights
    8. Pluralism
1.      Prophet Muhammad the peace Maker
2.      Quraan Conference
3.      Quraan burning
4.      Ground Zero Mosque
5.      Sharia Laws
6.      Cartoons/ humility
7.      Minority Rights
8.      Islamophobia and origins
Mike Ghouse is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions to media and the public on issues of the day and is available to speak at your place of worship, work, seminars and conferences. He is a speaker thinker and a writer on the topics of pluralism, cohesive societies, Islam, interfaith, India and peace.

The Foundation for Pluralism champions the idea of co-existence by respecting and accepting the otherness of other and World Muslim Congress is committed to nurturing the pluralistic ideals embedded in Islam. His work is reflected in 4 website’s and 27 Blogs at

References can be found in the following sites:

To be a Muslim is to be a peacemaker, one who seeks to mitigate conflicts and nurtures goodwill for peaceful co-existence.
World Muslim Congress
This site chronicles events that affect co-existence and offers solutions to build cohesive societies. 
Quraan Today –
Offers information that nurtures the values of pluralism in Quraan.  
Quraan Conference
The holy book is about living in harmony with free will, there are mis-translations and mis-interpretations that are addressed, and it will done by non-Muslim clergy from all faiths.   
Muslim Women
Without any reserve men and women have equal rights in Quraan and Islam, even a few Muslims have misunderstood the value Islam places on justness and fairness.
Ramadan Exclusive
What is Ramadan? Visiting different Mosques and cherishing different practices of all denominations of Muslims.  
Sharia Laws
Defined in lay persons language and easy to understand the personal path of living a righteous life and the public Sharia that governs relationships between individuals and the society like the civil laws.  
Blasphemy Laws
Quraan prohibits judgment, prejudice is discouraged and there is no punishment for the ones who maligns God or his prophet. It is a political tool of oppression by right wingers among Muslims.  
Ground Zero Mosque
The full story of the mosque with 60 plus articles and videos exploring the politics of it.   
Peter King Hearings
We welcomed it, let’s put all the things on the table and once for all clear it up.


Our mission is to encourage individuals to develop an open mind and an open heart toward their fellow beings.

Wisdom of Religion  Master site on Pluralism, it is all about co-existence. No religion is above the other.
Dallas Interfaith Center

A conflict mitigater &  a goodwill nurturer* Mike Ghouse is a speaker on Pluralism and Islam offering pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. His work is reflected at three websites & twenty two Blogs listed at
Ghouse Tweets
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Ghouse Diary
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Standing up for others
Why should you stand up for others, almost every one. I have done to back up what I preach.
Americans together
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