Welcome to the Center for Pluralism

PLURALISM NEWS: Pluralism is about inclusion and acceptance of every human that God has created. Indeed, every American is represented in our programs; from Atheists to Zoroastrians and every one in between including LGBTQ community. Pagan and Native American traditions. That is what you witness in the pictures above and the videos and pictures in the Browse panel on the right. Everything you always wanted to know about Pluralism in Religion, Politics, Societies, Cuisine, Relationships and how to build cohesive systems that function effectively, you can find in each one of our tabs and www.PluralismNews.com

The reason for conflicts between you and me, your culture and mine, your faith and mine, blacks and whites, Republicans and Democrats, your food and mine is because we don’t know each other. What we know about each other are myths and we keep piling them, what we need is to learn to respect the otherness of others and accept the God given uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.

Our Mission is to build a cohesive America, where no American has to live in anxiety, discomfort or fear of the other.

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 mis-perceptions between fellow Americans.

The Center is committed to reassure each other, including the disconnected ones among the White Americans, 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. As Americans we uphold, protect, defend and celebrate the values enshrined in our Constitution.

We will continue to bring non-stop actions in practicing pluralism in religion, politics, society and culture and be a catalyst for a safe and a secure America for each one of us.

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

I am 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 in to an era of conflict mitigation and goodwill nurturence.

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 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 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 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 in 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 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.

DOWNLOADABLE:

1. PDF Document:  MikeGhouse-Building-Cohesive-Societies-68-Pages

2. PDF Document:  CPF-Programs-4-Pages

Here is the “one line summary” of our programs.

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 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 pluralism in media.

UNDERSTANDING ESSENCE OF EACH RELIGION

Atheism to Zoroastrianism | 13 faiths| 13 workshops | 13 Months

When we live as neighbors, fellow workers, students, players, activists or inhabitants of the same city, it behooves us to learn about each other’s beliefs, cultural values, occasions of celebrations, devotions or  commemorations. The more we know about each other, the less
mysterious our beliefs  would become thereby creating a friendly environment in which we can function effectively. Knowledge leads to understanding, and understanding leads to acceptance of the others,  thereby propelling tension free and sustainable prosperity.

CFP PROGRAMS

Pluralism News (Bi-Monthly)
Pluralism News is our media arm and highlights the essence of actions  and public policies that affect every American.  We have significant  presence on TV, Radio, Print, web and Google

19th  Annual Thanksgiving Celebrations & Awards Night (11/19/2017)

A time of gratitude and celebration of cultural pluralism and appreciating men and women amidst us who have learned to accept each other as they are and how they express their joys through their unique cultural dances.

13th Annual Unity Day USA (09/11/17)

Bringing Americans Together to rededicate our pledge to one nation with liberty and justice for all.

12th  Annual Holocaust & Genocides Remembrance Day (01/28/2018)

A purposeful event to reflect on human failings, with the  intention of learning to prevent such  happenings as  individuals, and reaffirm, ”Never Again”.

3rd  Annual Series Understanding the essence of Religion  (Monthly)         

I would rather hear about your faith from you than someone else. Learn about the 13 different faith traditions first hand from their practitioners.

2nd Annual Festival of Faiths (12/24/2017)

Annual event celebrating all faiths at the Jefferson Memorial
What a joy it is when Americans come together.

Wisdom of Statesmen and Spiritual Masters (On their Birthdays)

Celebration of wisdom of spiritual masters and the statesmen  who contribute towards building effective functioning societies.   Inclusive of Religious, Political and Civic leaders

July 4th, Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day (On the dates)

We do research, conduct seminars and organize symposiums on burning topics of the day that affect Americans.  We are all about research and
action. Please visit different tabs at  www.CenterforPluralism.com

SHAPING AMERICA’S FUTURE

In every place of work, worship, playground, school, restaurant, theater and other places of public gatherings you will find people of different faiths, races, and ethnicities interacting, working, studying, intermingling, playing and marrying together.

Despite these interactions, our appreciation of different cultures and faiths that form part of the American mosaic remains limited.  The primary sources of information for a vast majority of us are our friends, the news and social media, which may not always be reliable and may even be biased.  Based on what we learn, we form opinions about the faith, culture and lifestyle of fellow Americans who may be dissimilar from us.

However, as individuals if we can learn to respect differences and accept the God-given uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts will fade and an environment of understanding will emerge.

We also need to reassure each other, particularly those who may be troubled by the changing paradigms and demographics of the society that we are committed to safeguarding the American way of life.  As Americans, we are dedicated to upholding, protecting, defending and celebrating the values of liberty and freedom enshrined in our Constitution.

CFP is committed to vigorously promoting and advancing the principle of pluralism in the realm of religion, politics, social and cultural affairs. It will continue to focus its energies on ensuring a safe and secure America for all, as we move through uncertain times.

Please visit our website and participate in our endeavors as a volunteer, sponsor or donor.  We are a Washington-based non-profit organization ion dedicated to building a cohesive and united America.


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

How to Conduct  a Civil Dialogue?

We are created to be unique

Pluralism Greetings

Anti-ISIS demonstration

Festival of Faiths

Holocaust and Genocides

Condemning ISIS

Upon bin Laden’s death

Freedom of Religion Bill in the Congress

Dealing with Robert Jeffress – Quran basher

Honoring our Veterans

Sean Hannity and Mike Ghouse on Fox News – 110 Times

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 The Mike Ghouse Show 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 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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