A lot of work is done since 2012, the last time we have updated this site. We have stood up for Atheist, Bahai, Buddhist, Christians, Hindu, Muslims, Jain, Jewish, Sikh, Shinto, Native Americans, Wicca, and Zoroastrians. It will be updated this year in March.
Urging the President to give Ultimatum to the ISIS in Afghanistan
The Sikh place of worship in Afghanistan was attacked by the ISIS gang of murderers, leaving 25 law-abiding Sikh Citizens dead. The Sikh community, on the other hand, is at the forefront of helping people regardless of their faith, ethnicity, or culture whenever a calamity strikes a society.
We feel their apprehensions and insecurity about living in Afghanistan, their motherland, and it is our duty as fellow humans to restore trust to them so they can live freely again in pursuit of their life, liberty, and happiness.
We urge the President of the United States of America to give an ultimatum to the ISIS, that they have thirty days to surrender and become good citizens or face the drones.
We urge the Government and the people of Afghanistan to conquer the hearts of the Sikhs, Hindus, Christians, and all other minorities, including Muslim minorities, by creating an environment of freedom and security and removing all the threats against them.
The prosperity of a nation is directly dependent on the freedom of her people to live their lives freely.
We also urge our fellow family members of faith communities, particularly Sikhs, not to hold it against Muslims. The entire Muslim world has condemned this ugly act.
The acts of ISIS are the acts of the people who do not get their religion right. Islam strictly prohibits killing any human unless it is in self-defense. Islam does not even permit suicide bombings. These acts are not the acts of Muslims, but terrorists.
In the past, the Muslims had condemned identifying Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan to harass them during the Taliban take over in the early ’90s.
The Sikh community was awarded for the exemplary model they set in dealing with the tragedy of Wisconsin – instead of anger, and they showed the way of inclusion, mercy, and prayers. Several Mayors honored five Gurdwaras in Dallas, Texas, in the 12th Annual Unity Day USA event.
We urge fellow humans to sign the petition, and we recommend the President of the United States to take action.
We hope you will walk out of the event with a genuine feeling of being a contributor towards building a cohesive world where no human has to live in apprehension or fear of the other.
The Jewish community has been commemorating the Holocaust event since 1953, known as Yom HaShoah in Synagogues around the world. The general public learns it by visiting the Holocaust Museums and educational institutions.
At the Center for Pluralism, we are committed to spreading knowledge of the Holocaust and Genocide through interfaith and public events, including the Annual reflections.
Robert F. Teitel - Holocaust Story
Dr. Gregory Stanton - Signs of Genocides
Rushan Abbas & Omer Kanat - Uyghur Updates
Dr. Wakar Uddin - Rohingya Update
Muneer Baig - Kashmir Update
Dr. TO Shanavas - India Update
Dr. Rani Khan - Peace Pledge
Dr. Mike Ghouse - Genesis of this event
Rabia Baig - Mistress of Ceremony
Rabbi Alana Suskin
Dr. Zafar Iqbal
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Our format consists of four parts; Interfaith prayers, Holocaust, Genocides, Massacred and the Pledge of Peace. Silently, we will acknowledge all suffering, but physically we are limited to a few Genocides each year.
This year, a Holocaust survivor will share his story, followed by updated Uyghur, Rohingya, and the signs of making of Genocide in India. I urge everyone to watch the Schindler's list and Civil War movies to grasp the signs.
I believe, when we acknowledge each other's grief and participate in each other's commemoration, we connect with the humanness within ourselves and seed the relationship of understanding and caring for each other.
There is a shameless cruelty in us, either we shy away or refuse to acknowledge the sufferings of others, worrying that it will devalue our own, or amounts to infidelity to our pain, and every community and nation has suffered through this. To all those who have endured the Holocaust, Genocides, Massacres, Ethnic Cleansing, Land Mines, Hunger, Rape, Torture, Occupation, Expulsion, and inhuman brutality, we must say, you are not alone. The least we can do in the process of healing is to acknowledge every one's pain in one voice.
I cannot be safe if the people around me are not, and I will not have peace if people around me don't. It is in my interest to seek a peaceful world for one and all.
This is a Muslim initiative to assure fellow humans who have endured the Holocaust, Genocide, ethnic cleansing, massacres, rapes, injustice and other atrocities that we are all in this together to create a better world. Tikkun Olam is our sacred duty.
February 5, 2018, Washington, D.C. – We welcome the Toyota Commercial played during the Super Bowl, it was aimed to be inclusive of all Americans but it failed to do so, someone fumbled. At the Center for pluralism, we take an exception to this commercial.
The interfaith movement needs to be lauded, as it brings Americans together. However, in the commercial played during the 52nd Super Bowl on Sunday, February 4, 2018, leaders of a few faiths forgot about people of other faiths, that is not inclusion, interfaith means all faiths, not just the Abrahamic faiths.
Mike Ghouse, President of the Center asserted, “As a Muslim, I was elated to see the commercial, but by the time the commercial was over, I was sourly disappointed to see the exclusion of people of other faiths, the commercial is perceived to be inclusive, it is not, we the people are not in this together.”
Where was a Native American, Hindu, Sikh, Bahá’í, Zoroastrian, Wicca, Jain, Shinto, Atheist, Confucius or the other in the commercial? Aren’t they consumers of Toyota?
We urge Toyota to make a new commercial, where Americans of all hues are represented, you can place 30 different Americans in two rows of stadium chairs or whatever the background for a fleeting 3 seconds, each American will recognize his or her inclusion. Inclusion is good for business.
The Center for Pluralism is committed to building a cohesive America where no American feels excluded. If we can learn to respect the otherness of other and accept the given uniqueness of each one of us then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.
The US International Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is holding a meeting tomorrow at the National Press Club about Persecution of Christians around the world. This agency does its work honestly and reports on just about every religious persecution around the world.
It may come as a surprise to many, but it is a fact; on the list are India, Pakistan, China, Russia, Egypt and a few other countries. The ultimate religious freedom comes to each one if we stand up for people of other faiths including Atheists and LGBT community.
Would you support me in making an effort to stop the persecution of Christians in this instance and all people in general? It requires you to take a stand or sign a petition if needed. I want my Hindu friends in particular to join the effort.
If you are an Indian or a Hindu, you don't need to be embarrassed, it is not you and I, it is the radicals among us who are doing this. If we don't stand up, everyone will suffer at the end. The least we can do is loudly say that it is not Indians nor Hindus or Hinduism, it is the misled innocent men and women by the politicians and we will do our share to bring common sense to India, we will make an effort to see that every Indian lives his life freely and respects other persons right to believe, worship, wear, drink and eat whatever he or she wants.
The Open Doors organization shares this information in the following four paragraphs;
“As many as 410 incidents of attacks, harassment, and threats on Christians were reported in India in the first six months of 2017, the highest ever since the country’s independence, generally from or influenced by groups associated with the governing Hindu according to figures compiled by partners of Open Doors. Attackers are a nationalist party.
The first quarter of 2017 saw 248 incidents of persecution, and by June-end, the number grew to 410, a report by Open Doors said, noting that a total of 441 incidents were reported in all of 2016.
“When the Christians are beaten by the extremists, they receive injuries mostly on their heads or their vital body parts,” a local partner of Open Doors was quoted as saying in the
report. “The assaulters do not care if the person dies in the attack. They know that they will not be punished because the government (and hence the judiciary) will take their side. In most of the cases, the assaulters go unpunished.”
In one case, Hindu nationalists beat an evangelist with chains, stripped him and forced him to drink urine, according to another recent report. In a separate incident, a Christian cemetery was desecrated and skeletons dug up and strewn across the graveyard. “
Apart from physical attacks, Open Doors’ partners recorded 37 incidents where Christians were socially boycotted and 34 incidents where Christians were forced to leave their homes.