Welcome to the Center for Pluralism

Welcome to one of the top ten sites on Pluralism studies. Center for Pluralism is a part of America Together Foundation www.AmericansTogether.org

Please visit different tabs to get a complete picture of what we do, thanks

  1. A list of all events: http://centerforpluralism.com/events/
  2. A list of Festivals: http://centerforpluralism.com/festivals/
  3. A list of Workshops: http://centerforpluralism.com/workshops/
  4. A list of Conferences: http://centerforpluralism.com/conferences/

First,  I urge you to browse through our website, from workshops to Pluralism News to events to just about every tab

I am seeking your guidance and 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 with the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.

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, writings, programs and discussions are geared to achieve a singular purpose – safety, peace and prosperity to 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 anecdote to the divisiveness that is tearing our social fabric apart.

A nation’s strength rests on two solid feet – one is the economic prosperity and the other is 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 can become the energy to give a solid cohesive social structure to a nation.

By the year 2025, there will not be an office, school, playground, college, restaurant, theater, train, bus or a work place 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, board rooms, and bedrooms as well as places of worship, work places, 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 Center for Pluralism is an initiative of American Muslims, but it is not a Muslim organization. However, it is committed to pave the way for Muslims to become a part of the American story, just as it is committed to do the same for other religious groups.

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 lesser misunderstandings and misperceptions among us.

Here is one line summary of our programs.

General Programs

  • III Annual Series, “Understanding the essence of 13 Religions”
    I would rather hear about your faith from you than someone else. Learn about the 13 different faith traditions from their practitioners. http://centerforpluralism.com/workshops/

  • “XVIII Annual Thanksgiving Celebrations & Awards Night”
    A time of gratitude and celebration of cultural pluralism and appreciating men and women amidst us who have melted the barriers between people.
    http://thanksgivingcelebrations.org/

  • “XIII Annual Unity Day USA”
    Bringing Americans Together to rededicate our pledge to one nation with liberty and justice for all.
    http://www.UnityDayUSA.com
  • “XII Annual Holocaust and Genocides”
    A purposeful event to reflect on human failings, acts of violence, massacres, ethnic cleansing, genocides and Holocaust with the intention of learning to prevent such happenings as an individual, and affirm, ”Never again”. http://www.HolocaustandGenocides.com
  • “Annual Memorial Day Commemoration” (2nd year)
    The freedom that we cherish today did not come to us on a platter, and was not “a given” either. It was earned for us through the sacrifices of our men and women and we owe our gratitude to our veterans.

http://centerforpluralism.com/muslims-honor-veterans-memorial-day/

  • “Annual July 4th Celebration” (2nd year)
    Thank God for America, where we the people cherish and value the freedom endowed to us by the creator. Democrats and Republicans will come together and cherish the Political Pluralism.
    http://centerforpluralism.com/happy-4th-from-usa-today/

Our programs will reflect pluralism in religion, politics, culture and society, including pluralism in cuisine, costumes and wisdom of Spiritual masters. Each one of the above listed programs has been in action for the last twenty years or brand new for this year.

With funding and staffing, we hope to add the pluralism in policy making and the media.

The Muslim Segment of CFP   

The American Amin Award is instituted for the first time in the world, to recognize and encourage individuals who follow the “Amin model” of the prophet.

What is Amin?

It is an Individual who reaches out to every human regardless of his race, religion, region or other uniqueness.  Jesus embraced every one, and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) continued that same tradition.

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was committed to peaceful societies and he knew one cannot build peace in vacuum; one has to earn the trust of the society. One has to be truthful, reliable, and trustworthy and be someone who people feel safe and secure being around.  So, he lived his life by example and earned the title of Amin from the Jewish, Christian and Pagan and other tribes.

The American Amin recognition is awarded to Muslims who follow the foundational value of Islam and becomes an Amin, as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was called.  http://centerforpluralism.com/awards-the-american-amin-awards/
The next birth celebrations of the prophet falls on Friday, December 1, 2017 and we hope to recognize two individuals – one who has no bias towards others and the other who has most friends from Atheists to Zoroastrians. The idea is to develop inclusive societies.

Speakers on Islamic Pluralism

The Evangelical Pastors say that there are not enough Muslims to speak about Islam in a systematic way, until such time, they believe, Muslims will be perceived in negative terms.  If Muslims don’t speak about Islam, others will continue to speak whatever they know.

What they know and usually speak about are the rituals of Islam; the five pillars.  What is severely missing is teachings of the values of Islam, the values that contribute to creating harmony and cohesive societies where no one has to live in apprehension or fear of the other.

Values such as:

  1. Accountability
  2. Truthfulness
  3. Justice
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Pluralism
  6. Caring for fellow beings
  7. Humility
  8. Equality
  9. Resisting Entitlements
  10. Freedom of speech
  11. Harmony
  12. Civil Dialogue

To fix the problem, we have undertaken to train men and women from all faiths, particularly Muslims to learn about Islam and play a leadership role in removing myths and misunderstandings about the faith.

At the Center for Pluralism, we hope to train at least 50 men and women this year to speak the Islam that contributes to making the world a better place to live.  There is a shortage of speakers to speak about Islam in places of worship, Civic centers, Public Safety departments, Homeland Security, Work Places, schools, universities and the media.

Pictures from the last two sessions:

Session I- https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeghouse/albums/72157673506688613/Show
Session II- https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeghouse/albums/72157675834222011/Show

Video Pluralism in Islam – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmNWsErB-NQ&t=49s

Radio, TV and Print Media

  • Appeared in over 300 TV Shows including 110 with Hannity and 15 with Varney
  • 720 Hours of Radio Talk show on Understanding Religion, all the beautiful religions
  • 3000 Articles published on Pluralism (1200), Islam (1300), Sports, Foreign Policy, Motivational and other issues in Huffington Post, Dallas Morning News, and Washington Post and over 300 periodical around the world.

Seminars in the Planning

As Americans, we need to become Guardians of Democracy; we cannot trust some men and women. I urge the good ones in the house – both Republicans and Democrats to speak up and not get bullied.

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 an American citizen who cares deeply about our country, if there are issues that have less to do with the specifics of some legislative proposal or battle, but go to core questions about our values and our ideals, and if I think that it’s necessary or helpful for me to defend those ideals, then I’ll examine it when it comes,” Obama said.

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 hope it resonates with you to step in and take us all forward.
Mike Ghouse
(214) 325-1916

How to contribute to our work ?  https://www.paypal.me/AmericansTogether

Festival of Faiths, Celebrating  Hanukkah, Christmas, Milad, Kwanza, Gurpurab, Janamashtami and other festivities – details http://centerforpluralism.com/festival-of-faiths
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Welcome to the Center for Pluralism

Life began on this planet with two major forms; Animals and Humans.  In case of Animals, they were endowed with horns, fangs and paws to resolve their disputes between any two of them for space, food and the loved ones.

The same was not true with humans – God or the process of evolution stripped those three conflict resolution tools, and instead offered better equipment; a tongue and the ability to dialogue. We need to use this tool lest we will be reverted to the other form of life.  Animals fight and resolve – Humans should talk and resolve.

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.

Our commitment is to offer pluralistic solutions on issues of the day, any issue.  Give us the time through July 4th – we have over 1500 articles that need labeling.

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.

By the end of 2020, there will not be a major city in America, and perhaps in the world, where you will not find people of different faiths, cultures, ethnicities, races, nationalities and social backgrounds working, eating, playing, interacting, marrying, and doing things together.

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.

You are who you are, and I am who I am. As long as we don’t mess with each other’s space, sustenance and nurturance, and mind our own business, we all will do well.  If we can learn to respect the otherness of other and accept the God-given uniqueness of each one of the seven billion of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.

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 aspect of life.

Thank you.

Mike Ghouse, President
(214) 325-1916 | Washington, DC
Center for Pluralism aka America Together Foundation [ non-profit 501 (c) (3)
Pluralism studies in religion, politics, society and culture
www.CenterforPluralism.com | Mike@CenterforPluralism.com

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