Pluralism News, February 19, 2018

Dr. Mike Ghouse   February 19, 2018   Comments Off on Pluralism News, February 19, 2018

Integrity of Religious Men

One of the most common statements some of the religious men and women make is this,  “Our religion is the only religion that teaches the value of life,” and to beef it up, they add a lie, “Other religions don’t teach this.”  Let me assure you, it is not the religion, any religion for that matter; it’s the loose mouth of the clergy.  Full article at

Did Russia Meddle with Indian Elections in 2014?

Do you see a correlation in getting the innocent Hindus to develop anti-Muslim sentiments through the communal riots, leading into to complete takeover of the Uttar Pradesh by BJP?  The likes of which were done here in the United States.  Did Russia pay for those riots through the Sangh Parivar organizations to weaken the Indian Democracy?

Am I a Hindu?

I came across this excellent piece “Am I a Hindu” explaining religion in its simplest terms. I recommend everyone to take a few minutes to read through this. It is the simplicity of talking with a young girl that makes this article beautiful. I have added a few comments and additional information below the article. 

Book review – My Story as a Muslim Immigrant by Dr. Basheer Ahmed

This book is a fascinating account of being a Muslim Immigrant in America. The author is a Psychiatrist with a successful history of teaching, practicing, guiding and counseling men and women of all hues from the United Kingdom to the United States over a span of 50 years. 

The Idea of One God

The following note is about understanding the idea of one God. The idea of oneness was the first step towards building a cohesive society and subscribing to the idea of one ultimate God that was common to all, and it was the need of the day. Hinduism calls it Vasudhaiva Kutumbukum – the whole world is one. What a relief it was, it freed the men from the blame games and mitigated the mundane conflicts. The wisdom was a panacea to the conflicts among people.

My New book is about done, should be out in first week of April 

This year my goal is to get four books out – Pluralism in America, Standing up for Others, Mistakes Muslims Make, and the first one to be out is a Blue Print for Muslims. As a community, American Muslims have not developed any concrete plans to extricate themselves out of the chaotic situations, hostility and incessant Islamophobic rhetoric they face. Each time a terrorist acts out, they start praying and wishing that the terrorist were not a Muslim. Then condemnations follow, that the terrorist is fringe, he is not one of them or he is an extremist. Then they will start combating the conservative media defending the faith. This book is a primer to a Blueprint for Muslims to consider.    A Muslim is someone who should be a conflict mitigater and goodwill nurturer, a formula for peaceful societies practiced by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and guided by Quran.

Thank you

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Mike Ghouse
Center for Pluralism
Washington, DC
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