Everything you always wanted to know about Pluralism in Religion, Politics, Societies, Cuisine, culture, and Relationships and how to build cohesive systems that function effectively. It is all here.
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR PLURALISM
The Center for Pluralism is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. It was originally established as the Foundation for Pluralism in 1996. Then during my appearances (110 of them) with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Brigitte Gabriel and I butted our heads regularly on both TV and Radio shows. She was hell bent on sowing discord between Americans, and I announced on his show, that we will bring Americans Together. Thus Americans Together was formed and the Foundation for Pluralism became Center for Pluralism in 2014 as trade name of the America Together Foundation. And we continue to bring Americans together with a vision to build a cohesive America where every American feels secure about his/her faith, ethnicity, culture and work place. Your donations are tax deductible.
Much of what we do is summarized here on this home page.
- Pluralism in politics, religion, society, culture, race, cuisine…
- We firmly stand for Religious Freedom and Human Rights
- Pluralism is simply respecting the otherness of the other.
- What have we accomplished: http://centerforpluralism.com/mission-accomplished-at-the-center-for-pluralism/
- Our short 4-page brochure: Center-for-Pluralism-4-page-Brochure-2018
- Profile of the founder at home page of www.TheGhousediary.com
- Donate at: http://centerforpluralism.com/donate/
WHAT IS PLURALISM?
Pluralism, in its purest form, is defined as “Respecting the otherness of the other.” Pluralism in religion is respecting different ways of worshipping the creator (or no worship) as a legitimate way to the believer of that faith. Pluralism in Politics that is accepting other’s political views is as dear to him/her as my belief is to me. Pluralism in society – that the food others eat does to them what my food does to me, the clothes others wear, serve their purpose as my clothes serve my need. At the workplace, we have to respect the composite otherness of the other person to work cohesively and to be free from tensions and produce optimum value to the organization we work.
Pluralism is operative in religion, politics, society, culture, dining, clothing, and workplace. As we learn to respect the otherness of the other, conflicts fade, and solutions emerge. Check out the different ways of expressing Pluralism in 1500 plus articles posted on this website and multiple videos. More at www.CenterforPluralism.com
pluralism defined since 1996, the following is a video from 2010
A purposeful event was held on 1/26/2020
SHAPING AMERICA’S FUTURE
We are committed to building a cohesive America, an America where each one of us feels secure about our ethnicity, faith, culture, race, and other uniqueness. To accomplish that vision, we have several programs, events, and workshops to be a catalyst to bring about the results,
Ten years from now, you will not find a place of work, worship, playground, school, restaurant, theater and other areas of public gatherings where you will not see people of different faiths, races, and ethnicities interacting, working, studying, intermingling, playing and even marrying each other. These interactions are bound to create conflicts and it is our duty to prevent such conflicts, so each American can live securely with his or her faith, culture, gender, race, sexual orientation or ethnicity.
We have already witnessed how the natives (those who have been here for several generations) feel about the new Americans. It is not a phobia, but a natural feeling of fear losing one’s way of life, and one’s world.
A vast majority of us have heard things about others from our friends, news, social media or our knowledge of others and we instantly form opinions about others. As responsible individuals, we must strive to strip stereotyping and build pathways to ensure the smooth functioning of our society, whether it is the workplace or our neighborhoods.
We need to reassure each other, particularly the disconnected ones, that together as Americans, we are committed to safeguarding the American way of life. No American needs to worry about losing his or her way of life. Together as Americans, we uphold, protect, defend and celebrate the values enshrined in our Constitution; a guarantor of the way of life each one of us wants to lead.
The Center for Pluralism will continue to bring non-stop actions in bringing Americans together from different faiths, political affiliations, societies, and cultures and be a catalyst for a safe and secure America for each one of us, as we move through this transition.
As we learn to respect the otherness of others and accept the God-given uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.
Please visit our website and participate as a volunteer, sponsor or a donor. We are a Washington based non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.
THE BOOK – AMERICAN MUSLIM AGENDA
The American Muslim Agenda, is a primer, a blueprint, and a roadmap for American Muslims to be one with all. It is a Muslim effort to build a cohesive America, where each one of the 323 Million Americans can feel secure with his/her culture, ethnicity, race and religion.
- Ebook $5.99
- Softcover $19.99
- Published: January 2019
- Format: Perfect Bound Softcover(B/W)
- ISBN: 9781984575814
- Publisher Xlibris
CENTER FOR PLURALISM
We define Pluralism as “Respecting the Otherness of Other.”
The Center for Pluralism is committed to building a cohesive America where every American feels included. As we learn to respect the otherness of other and accept the God-given uniqueness of each one of us then conflicts fade and solutions emerge. Our vision is to see each one of us live securely in our pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.
Our vision is to see each one of us live securely in the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.
We bring Americans Together in social, religious, cultural, political, business, civic and other settings. The more we know each other, the fewer the misperceptions would be. At CFP we have programs in place to achieve this mission.
We are an applied research organization. Our work produces results through workshops in implementing the research, conduct seminars and organize symposiums on burning topics of the day that affect Americans. We are all about research, action, and leadership. Please visit various tabs at www.CenterforPluralism.com.
Once again, Pluralism is respecting the otherness of others, and we have our work cut out in the following area; Pluralism in Religion, Politics/Governance, Culture, Society, Business, and workplace.
I. Religious Pluralism
Religious Pluralism works with the principle that “Your way of life works for you as my way of life works for me.” You are who you are, and I am who I am, neither of us has to give up or compromise in our faith to accommodate the other. What we need to do is acknowledge the uniqueness of each other, and learn to live with each other with our uniqueness. Indeed, the unstated purpose of all religions is to build societies where each one of God’s creation is respected and honored whether he or she is invincible or vulnerable. We have four specific programs in this area and run several ad-hoc programs as the situation demands.
- Understanding the Essence of Religions, all the beautiful religions – workshops
- The wisdom of Spiritual Masters— A talk series
- Festival of Faiths—celebrating all faiths, an annual event
- EThe essence of celebrating Festivals or commemorations – publications and talks.
We have used the Radio (780 Hours on just understanding Religion, all religions), TV, Social Media and print to communicate the ideas.
II. Political Pluralism (Governance)
We are committed to developing solutions for pluralistic governance of diverse people. We provide the leaders with insights, and policy solutions to efficiently managing the multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural societies.
In democratic politics, pluralism is a guiding principle which permits the peaceful coexistence of different interests, convictions, and lifestyles.
We attend both the Republican and Democratic enclaves and hope to organize conversations to pin down the ‘real’ difference and separate the chaff from the wheat.
- Ad-hoc Seminars with Republicans and Democrats
- Issue-based Seminars
III. Media Pluralism
We have had success with Fox News in having them see another point of view, but that is only a fraction of a percent. We offer pluralistic solutions to the media on issues of the day. We have two decades of research and work with 3500 articles, 300 national TV appearances, 200 times on the national radio talk shows. We have a weekly newsletter “Pluralism News,” and with your help, we hope to make it a full-time online Newspaper to cover pluralism in politics, religion, society, culture, business, and workplaces.
IV. Cultural Pluralism
It is all about respecting the celebration of life in a variety of ways. Each community has figured out their unique approach to live their lives through food, drinks, clothes, dance, and music.
The arrogance that my culture is superior produces conflicts right off the bat, but when we focus on the “joy” people receive through their traditions, we see it as an equally valid culture. With that realization, conflicts fade, and solutions emerge.
- Thanksgiving Celebrations & Awards Night—Since 1994
- July 4th—Annual Event
V. Gender Pluralism
The Center will explore the source of misogyny, and continue to separate religion from the attitudes. Do men hide their insecurities by making women insecure? Is it them or their faith? The unintended consequence of such acts amounts to making a villain out of God.
- Gender Pluralism—Seminars
- LGBTQ – programs
VI. Social Pluralism
We the people of the United States of America of every faith, race, ethnicity, culture, and background come together to express our desire to co-exist in peace, and pray for the unity, safety and well being of our nation.
As Americans, we uphold, protect, defend and celebrate the values enshrined in our constitution. All our faiths reinforce the creed of “One Nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.” As Muslims we take this duty seriously, it is our nation and our home.
We have four Annual programs to achieve our goals efficiently.
- Unity Day USA—Since 2001
- Holocaust and Genocides – Since 2006
- Memorial Day commemoration—Since 2015
- Veteran’s day—Since 2015
VII. Pluralism in the Workplace
Every organization is made up of people who are loyal and committed to the prosperity and profitability of an organization. While a majority of the board members, associates and employees stick to the guidelines for a smooth sail, a few don’t and pull down the productivity of the entire group. It is not because they want to bring it down, but because of the inherent phobias instilled in them by parents, teachers, friends, clergy and the media.
Our workshops are designed to build cohesive workplaces where people acknowledge their differences but focus on the common goal of effective functioning of the organization. Areas covered: Racism, Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Homophobia, Misogyny, and other diseases.
VIII. Standing up for others | Religious Freedom
Societies are built to protect the rights of individuals whether they are invincible or vulnerable. If you don’t stand up for others, why should anyone stand up for you? It is all about Human rights and religious freedom.
- The Book, Standing up for others is in the works – and chronicles work done in standing up for the rights of Atheists to Zoroastrians, including LGBTQ communities.
- Creating Safe Zones for refugees – hope to introduce a bill in Congress.
ESSENCE OF RELIGIONS
The image of all religions workshop is at the bottom of this page
When we live as neighbors, fellow workers, students, players, activists and inhabitants of the same city, it behooves us to learn about each other’s beliefs, motivations, moments of celebrations, devotions or commemorations. The more we know about the other, the less mythical they would become creating a friendly environment for all of us to function efficiently in whatever we do. Knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance of the otherness of others leading us into tension free and sustainable prosperity.
Please donate generously to carry on the work we do.
America Together Foundation is Center for Pluralism
IS YOUR VISION SIMILAR TO OURS?
I hope your vision for America resonates with our work. If you feel, this is what you always wanted America to be, I welcome you to join the Center for Pluralism as a volunteer, donor (big or small), inspirer, encourager, and a writer with all your heart mind and soul. It is worth your while to glance at the work we have done. We are seeking your support in restoring a dignified social, cultural, political and religious space for every American. You are who you are, and I am who I am, and together let’s be a catalyst to each other in our pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.
By learning to respect the otherness of others and accepting the God-given uniqueness of each one of us, and through trust-building we will move forward into an era of conflict mitigation and goodwill nurturance.
I am requesting you to take an hour to study our work at the Center for Pluralism. Our mission is simple – to build a cohesive America where no American feels apprehensive or fearful of the other. In the long run, this message has to reach out to other nations where conflicts exist.
All our actions, studies, research, writings, programs and discussions are geared to achieve a clear purpose – safety, peace and prosperity of every American.
There is a need to revisit the structure of our society and bring about a change, and every change in the society starts with an individual and gains momentum as it is understood by friends and eventually people at large.
The first and foremost change is “resetting” our attitudes. Pluralism is an attitude of respecting the otherness of “others.” It has always been there in practice, but more than ever, it needs to become a dominant attitude as an antidote to the divisiveness that is tearing our social fabric apart.
A nation’s strength rests on two solid feet – one is economic prosperity and the other is the cohesiveness of the society. A deficiency in one will cause the whole system to weaken. America needs a strong 2nd leg to stand firmly with stability and sustainability. The Center for Pluralism will become the energy to give a solid cohesive social structure to our nation.
By the year 2025, there will not be an office, school, playground, college, restaurant, theater, train, bus or a workplace where people of different faiths, races, ethnicities, and national origins do not work, interact, play, live and marry together.
This is bound to create conflicts in airports, public spaces, boardrooms, and in bedrooms as well as places of worship, workplaces, politics, eateries, and schools.
It is our responsibility to prevent chaos and maintain coherence and stability with the ongoing changes. We need to prepare the next generation to cope with these changes and minimize potential conflicts with ease. Let’s stay focused on peace and prosperity and not conflicts and confusion.
The programs at the center for pluralism are designed to bring Americans Together. The center is driven by the fact that the more often people see each other in social, cultural, civic, religious, political and other settings, the stronger the medicine would be against divisiveness, resulting in fewer misunderstandings and misperceptions between fellow Americans. Our programs are geared to bring Americans Together often, the more often we see each other in social, cultural, civic, religious and other settings, the stronger the dose would be against divisiveness, resulting in fewer misunderstandings and misperceptions among us.
Here is my dream which is becoming a reality, that one day we will wake up to an America, where no American lives in apprehension, discomfort or fear of the other. It would be a prophetic realization of the vision of our founding fathers, “That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” And that dream was refreshed by Martin Luther King, Jr. Please join us in achieving that dream for each one of us.
theists to Zoroastrians including Native Americans, Pagans, immigrant .
Seminars in the Planning
- Do American Muslims Want Sharia? (Sharia Laws.com)
- Confidence in the wisdom of the Quran (Event)
- Pluralism in Islam (working with several Imams, with Imam Zia)
- Islamophobia (previous event to be repeated)
- Countering Violent Extremism (previous event to be repeated)
- Co-Existence (previous event to be repeated)
- Anti-Semitism (Link)
- LGBT Community (Link)
- Role of Media in Reporting about extremism and pluralism.
President Obama, in his last speech, spoke about the important role of citizens and how all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy–not just during an election but every day.
As American Citizens, we need to demand from the Republican Senators not to slam dunk the nominees – let there be a rigorous process. After all, we are selecting the men and women who can mess up America or bring peace and prosperity. It is time we make our government, a government of the people for the people and not the government of whimsical conformist mob of Senators and Congressmen.
This is my dream and hopes it resonates with you to step in and take us all forward.
How to Conduct a Civil Dialogue?
We are created to be uniquePluralism Greetings
Festival of Faiths
Holocaust and Genocides
Upon bin Laden’s death
Freedom of Religion Bill in the Congress
Dealing with Robert Jeffress – Quran basher
Honoring our Veterans
Brigitte Gabriel offers $5 Million Dollars
Radical Muslims on the March | Mike Ghouse and Bridgett Gabrie…
Radical Muslims on the March | Mike Ghouse and Bridgett Gabriel Contested Debate on Fox NewsAnti-Islam activist Bridgett Gabriel got into a heated debate with Muslim commentator and interfaith activist Mike Ghouse on a Fox News segment with Host Sean Hannity. The panel also had one of the most prominent anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller on board.Posted by Mike Ghouse, Public Speaker on Sunday, February 19, 2017
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Welcome to the Center for Pluralism
Life began on this planet with two major forms; Animals and Humans. In the case of Animals, they were endowed with horns, fangs, and paws to resolve their disputes between any two of them for space, food and loved ones.
This site is about Pluralism Studies in Politics, Religion, Culture, Society, Cuisine, Costumes and other Uniqueness. This uniqueness can be a source of conflict or a motivation to live in harmony by respecting the otherness of others.
We will make a conscious effort to label each article as Political-Pluralism, Cultural-Pluralism… so you can find pieces in the search criteria.
When the articles are uploaded – all you have to do is go to the search box on the right column and type “Name of the religion” or “Festival” out pops article about the faith or the festival. By the end of the year, you should be able to find everything you want here.
What is Pluralism?
We have crystallized the definition of pluralism as, “respecting the otherness of the others and accepting the uniqueness of each one of us”. Pluralism is not a set of rules or a system like democracy, secularism, theocracy, fascism, authoritarianism, socialism, communism or capitalism, it is merely an attitude of live and let others live, and it is applicable in every aspect of life including culture, society, religion, politics, gender, food, ethnicity, race and other uniqueness’s.
We need to prepare ourselves for those eventualities to prevent possible conflicts and lay a good foundation for nurturing goodwill and effective functioning of the societies. Exclusive communities will become a thing of the past. If you live amidst others, you must also respect the otherness of others, as you expect them to do the same for you.
We are committed to building cohesive societies, where no human has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of a fellow being.
This website is about Pluralism in religion, politics, culture, race, ethnicity, cuisine, costume and other aspects of life.
Mike Ghouse, President
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Center for Pluralism aka America Together Foundation [ non-profit 501 (c) (3)
Pluralism studies in religion, politics, society, and culture
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