Archive: Personal Religion
Galliano was drunk. The only fluid we know for sure that motivated the protesters in Yorba Linda was hate.
By Eboo Patel | March 4, 2011; 03:41 PM ET | Comments (130)
To help combat American Islamophobia, Katie Couric suggested a "Muslim Cosby Show." Is that a good idea?
By Eboo Patel | February 15, 2011; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (7)
9/11 is no longer the date that defines Islam for the world. January 25 gets that honor now.
By Eboo Patel | February 14, 2011; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (10)
I can imagine Dr. King, at the age of 30, marching with the youth from Alexandria to Cairo, as he did from Selma to Montgomery singing, "We shall overcome!"
By Eboo Patel | February 4, 2011; 02:04 PM ET | Comments (4)
Today's guest blogger is Frank Fredericks, executive director of World Faith, co-director of Religious Freedom USA, and president of Çöñàr Records. Seeing the Egyptian protests on American media may lead you to believe that this is an Iranian-style revolution, with...
By Eboo Patel | February 2, 2011; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (11)
I take him at his word that Gov. Robert Bentley will be the governor of every citizen of Alabama, regardless of their faith or lack thereof. Yet, there are many ways that Gov. Bentley and his non-Christian constituents can be brothers and sisters, and I urge the governor to focus on these during his term.
By Eboo Patel | January 25, 2011; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (17)
Today's guest blogger is Peter Hong, who pastors New Community Covenant Church, a series of urban, multiethnic churches in the heart of Chicago. Made up of people from all walks of life, New Community is passionate about bringing shalom, God's...
By Eboo Patel | January 14, 2011; 01:52 PM ET | Comments (41)
Obama showed that he could do American Gospel as a candidate. In Tucson, he showed he could do it as president.
By Eboo Patel | January 13, 2011; 09:23 AM ET | Comments (16)
Interfaith engagement has given us new ways to think about evangelism - though perhaps not in the ways most evangelicals would find familiar.
By Eboo Patel | January 11, 2011; 05:34 PM ET | Comments (0)
From the evangelical perspective, "interfaith" has often been used as a code word for "relativism."
By Eboo Patel | January 10, 2011; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (7)
Despite years of interfaith talks, religious leaders acknowledge they have very little to show for it. Maybe we need less talk and more action.
By Eboo Patel | January 4, 2011; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (8)
Religion inspires people in remarkable ways. That's the central message of the new documentary The Calling. It is a film that is pure and true and beautiful, that so many people of faith can find themselves in. It helped me trace the path of my own calling.
By Eboo Patel | December 24, 2010; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (8)
It appears that a small number of young Muslim men are sitting in basements watching and reading twisted material online that tells them to kill others.
By Eboo Patel | December 22, 2010; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (210)
Hesham A. Hassaballa: The very story of the birth of Mary, which the the Feast of the Immaculate Conception commemorates, is found in the Quran
By Eboo Patel | December 8, 2010; 06:22 PM ET | Comments (92)
In an act of daring faith and unrequited love, my parents decided to leave behind all that was dear to them for the future of their family and left for America.
By Eboo Patel | December 6, 2010; 09:24 AM ET | Comments (5)
For the kids caught in the middle of immigration battles, faith endures.
By Eboo Patel | December 2, 2010; 06:10 PM ET | Comments (1)
Farhana Khera: 2010 has been one of the most difficult and fearful years on record for many American Muslims, surpassing even those dark days following the tragedy of 9-11.
By Eboo Patel | December 2, 2010; 09:24 AM ET | Comments (66)
If Muslim leaders don't offer an understanding of Islam that inspires young people to be bridges of cooperation, we forfeit them into the arms of those waiting to make them bombs of destruction.
By Eboo Patel | November 30, 2010; 04:36 PM ET | Comments (15)
Pope Benedict XVI recently said that the Internet was "numbing" for young people. Benedict's comments created an uproar, but he has a point. Studies show that Internet addiction is linked to depression.
By Eboo Patel | November 23, 2010; 05:43 PM ET | Comments (1)
Instead of asking 'How is my faith right and your faith wrong?' It asks, 'How does your faith inspire you to serve others and what in my faith inspires me to work with you on that?'
By Eboo Patel | November 17, 2010; 03:07 PM ET | Comments (32)
Nicholas Lang: Whether we were discussing Heaven or a "fluffy Soul Cloud in the sky," we were articulating the same needs in our lives: the need for purpose, for community, for connectedness.
By Eboo Patel | November 16, 2010; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (23)
Is the goal of humanity to control and dominate nature or is it to leave the Earth better than we found it?
By Eboo Patel | November 15, 2010; 03:14 PM ET | Comments (2)
Last month, Zach Jordan, a senior at Elon University, found himself aghast at what he was hearing in the media about Muslims. But instead of just turning off the television or even yelling at it, Zach took what sociologists Bob Putnam and David Campbell tell us is amongst the most effective steps at increasing religious tolerance: He created a space for people from different religious backgrounds to have a positive, meaningful encounter with each other.
By Eboo Patel | November 1, 2010; 05:53 PM ET | Comments (14)
Last week, 200 undergraduate students and 100 staff allies gathered in Washington, D.C. for Interfaith Youth Core's inaugural Interfaith Leadership Institute. For some, the Interfaith Leadership Institute serves as one of the few safe spaces where they were free to express their full religious and non-religious identities.
By Eboo Patel | October 29, 2010; 09:22 AM ET | Comments (6)
News of the suicide of yet another LGBTQ youth in the U.S., is the latest in a rash that has brought to light the exclusion and violence that continues to plague those marked "different."
By Eboo Patel | October 19, 2010; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (2)
Abhishek Raman: What is needed in India in the aftermath of the Ayodhya verdict is not a denial of reality but a commitment to interfaith cooperation from all sections of the society.
By Eboo Patel | October 11, 2010; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (2)
Khizer Husain: Political commentators assert that Muslims have not been vocal and visible enough to show their love of American ideals and disgust for violence in the name of their religion. But will a National Mall rally with Muslim women in star-spangled hijabs and toddlers hoisting placards with patriotic themes do the trick?
By Eboo Patel | October 8, 2010; 09:54 AM ET | Comments (39)
The problem of the 20th century, said W.E.B. DuBois, was the problem of the color line. The challenge of the 21st century is the faith line.
By Eboo Patel | October 4, 2010; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (39)
Last week the atheist blogosphere lit up with reports that Molly Norris, the Seattle cartoonist who inadvertently inspired "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" (EDMD), had been forced to change her identity and go into hiding due to death threats she received from extremists.
By Eboo Patel | September 21, 2010; 03:28 PM ET | Comments (39)
King's views about God's plan and Beck's views - or at least the views of many of his invited speakers - have sharp differences.
By Eboo Patel | September 1, 2010; 07:10 PM ET | Comments (18)
This year during Ramadan, let's consider reaffirming our common spiritual heritage by embracing the discipline of fasting.
By Eboo Patel | August 25, 2010; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (20)
Although we may each hold different beliefs, we must learn to live and to interact with each other in peaceful and positive ways. A cooperative future depends on our actions and choices today.
By Eboo Patel | August 17, 2010; 05:48 PM ET | Comments (0)
There is one thing the opponents of the Cordoba Initiative (that plans to build an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero) have in common with the Cordoba Initiative's leadership: their clear condemnation and denunciation of terrorism.
By Eboo Patel | August 3, 2010; 04:14 PM ET | Comments (8)
We Christians - and Jews too - should enthusiastically support Muslims in their desire to build a center devoted to peaceful religion near the site of an atrocity committed in the name of violent religion.
By Eboo Patel | July 30, 2010; 02:14 PM ET | Comments (18)
Fear is being used to foment anger and political zealotry. Somehow we are to believe that the construction of a 15-story Islamic community center in New York City will be a tipping point leading to the decline of American civilization, the dissolution of Christian faith, and the reversal of hundreds of years of western legal precedent.
By Eboo Patel | July 29, 2010; 02:08 PM ET | Comments (35)
I've asked to ask several Evangelical leaders to offer their thoughts on the planned Muslim Community Ceter in lower Manhattan here on "The Faith Divide." Over the next couple of weeks or so starting tomorrow, I'll be publishing commentary from a range of prominent Evangelicals.
By Eboo Patel | July 25, 2010; 10:41 PM ET | Comments (3)
Jewish history is rife with examples of Jews who have been turned away when they sought refuge. As an American Jew, I feel it is my responsibility to my great-grandparents and to my people that I advocate for a fair and just system of immigration today.
By Eboo Patel | July 16, 2010; 09:20 AM ET | Comments (5)
A Christian and Secular Humanist disagree on the afterlife, but agree that life on earth demands environmental protection now.
By Eboo Patel | July 8, 2010; 08:19 AM ET | Comments (2)
Jewish group shows me that part of being a Muslim, Evangelical, Catholic, citizen, etc., is serving together.
By Eboo Patel | June 30, 2010; 03:18 PM ET | Comments (3)
In march against domestic violence, Jeff Pollet and other non-believers bond with believers on a spiritual level.
By Eboo Patel | June 22, 2010; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (6)
Why can't this generation make interfaith cooperation a social norm?
By Eboo Patel | June 14, 2010; 12:18 PM ET | Comments (10)
Anyone has a right to 'draw Muhammad,' but we all have a responsibility to be respectful of other religious beliefs and sensitivities.
By Eboo Patel | May 20, 2010; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (22)
Welcoming the immigrant stranger not only enriches our lives, but builds a stronger, healthier America.
By Eboo Patel | May 18, 2010; 01:17 PM ET | Comments (0)
The Buddhist-Muslim dialogue affirms how faith communities can differ in theology but come together on shared values.
By Eboo Patel | May 17, 2010; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (16)
Are students who 'Draw Muhammad' with chalk defending free speech or just being unnecessarily divisive?
By Eboo Patel | May 10, 2010; 04:13 PM ET | Comments (78)
Young people on the forefront of the interfaith movement today know themselves as the new theologians - and the academics, preachers and teachers - of faith in a diverse world.
By Eboo Patel | April 27, 2010; 05:26 PM ET | Comments (0)
Young people are leading interfaith efforts to reduce and eradicate malaria.
By Eboo Patel | April 26, 2010; 09:10 AM ET | Comments (3)
Young people like Greer in Paducah are encountering diversity with dramatically greater frequency than ever before.
By Eboo Patel | April 16, 2010; 04:32 PM ET | Comments (11)
Atheists and secular humanists are partnering with religious groups to do service projects and engage in civil discussions.
By Eboo Patel | April 13, 2010; 05:19 PM ET | Comments (25)
New Muslim extemists really aren't; they're just gangsta wannabees posing as jihadis.
By Eboo Patel | April 9, 2010; 09:02 AM ET | Comments (11)
Obama's vision of the good society includes groups from various faith and secular backgrounds working together.
By Eboo Patel | March 18, 2010; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (14)
Obama's faith council modeled how people who disagree strongly on issues can seek and find common ground.
By Eboo Patel | March 10, 2010; 07:28 AM ET | Comments (3)
How Van Jones responded to Glenn Beck and his other tormentors is a lesson in grace to all people of faith.
By Eboo Patel | March 5, 2010; 09:45 AM ET | Comments (49)
After a mosque was vandalized in Nashville, interfaith group of students pitched in to help clean up.
By Eboo Patel | March 3, 2010; 09:27 AM ET | Comments (11)
When a group of anti-Semitic extremists came to Stanford, students across all faiths stood together to resist.
By Eboo Patel | February 10, 2010; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (19)
Americans know as little about Buddhism as we do about Islam. So why do we feel more affinity toward Buddhists?
By Eboo Patel | February 5, 2010; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (264)
Gallup poll shows that the single highest predictor of prejudice against Muslims is prejudice against Jews.
By Eboo Patel | January 25, 2010; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (118)
As Wallis points out, Wall Street bonuses are a symptom of a larger problem: the erosion of underlying values.
By Eboo Patel | January 22, 2010; 08:56 AM ET | Comments (0)
If evangelicals bridge the faith divide, the 21st century could be one of interfaith cooperation rather than conflict.
By Eboo Patel | January 13, 2010; 05:22 PM ET | Comments (13)
Imagine the surprise of the Temple Israel congregation when Rita and Frank invited Oral Roberts to speak at their son's bar mitzvah in 1972.
By Eboo Patel | December 16, 2009; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (2)
People are recognizing the power of interfaith work as a vehicle for repairing and healing the world.
By Eboo Patel | December 15, 2009; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)
What if it just made sense that as a Christian, I live out my commitment by working with non-Christians?
By Eboo Patel | December 8, 2009; 06:05 PM ET | Comments (0)
Homophobia, anti-Semitism, and racism must never go unchecked. The same is true for Islamophobia.
By Eboo Patel | November 17, 2009; 02:16 PM ET | Comments (1)
Like so many Americans , many of my thoughts and prayers are devoted to those in the military. But my deeds have not lived up to my intention.
By Eboo Patel | November 12, 2009; 01:39 PM ET | Comments (0)
Actions of Madoff, Hasan inflamed Jewish and Muslim defamers. Time for both groups to work together against hate.
By Eboo Patel | November 9, 2009; 04:01 PM ET | Comments (4)
Where is Arab Muslim leadership for peace in the Middle East? Meet Forsan Hussein, CEO of Jerusalem International YMCA .
By Eboo Patel | October 23, 2009; 02:16 PM ET | Comments (20)
Do you know how your religious tradition speaks to serving others? To diversity? I posed this question to a full sanctuary on Tuesday night.
By Eboo Patel | October 7, 2009; 04:49 PM ET | Comments (3)
A new film shows what it means to be Muslim in America, and consequently, what it means to be American.
By Eboo Patel | October 2, 2009; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (9)
Last week, I attended the swearing-in ceremony of Farah Pandith as special representative to Muslim communities at the State Department, the first position of its kind.
By Eboo Patel | September 21, 2009; 06:37 AM ET | Comments (0)
There is a New Years quality to Ramadan. It's how many Muslims mark time, and it's when we make resolutions.
By Eboo Patel | September 18, 2009; 09:13 AM ET | Comments (4)
Christians are joining Muslims to fast during Ramadan. A sign of the times?
By Eboo Patel | August 28, 2009; 09:23 AM ET | Comments (47)
Today's guest blogger is Meghan Paul-Cook, the Congregational Organizer with the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches. As a tornado touched down just a few city blocks away, a humble group gathered in the safest place we could be, deep...
By Eboo Patel | August 26, 2009; 05:23 PM ET | Comments (0)
Fouad Ajami and his editors at the New York Times Book Review should know better.
By Eboo Patel | August 3, 2009; 09:05 AM ET | Comments (162)
What are the possibilities of being good if your focus is entirely on the present?
By Eboo Patel | July 28, 2009; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)
A new book reminds us how the scriptures and stories across faith traditions call us to serve others.
By Eboo Patel | July 14, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (6)
United We Serve campaign challenges U.S. Muslims to create one thousand service projects.
By Eboo Patel | July 6, 2009; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (12)
Nearly every Jew in Albania -- the only European country with a Muslim majority -- survived during the German occupation.
By Eboo Patel | June 25, 2009; 07:11 PM ET | Comments (47)
Obama's victory in 2008, death of the Prophet's grandson in 680 -- two events fueling protests in Iran.
By Eboo Patel | June 24, 2009; 09:21 AM ET | Comments (11)
I hope Obama reaches out to Iran's huge, rising under-30 generation and not just its iron-fisted government.
By Eboo Patel | June 15, 2009; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (15)
Instead of focusing on the killer, let us rather pour our energy into how we can honor the victim's life.
By Eboo Patel | June 12, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (14)
Obama's speech demonstrated that the interfaith service movement has arrived.
By Eboo Patel | June 8, 2009; 09:26 AM ET | Comments (3)
The President did not refer to "Muslim extremists" - just extremists. Hopefully this signals the end of the crazy and counterproductive "Islamo-fascist" talk.
By Eboo Patel | June 4, 2009; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (4)
Obama's Notre Dame speech was a near perfect demonstration of public leadership in an environment of polarization.
By Eboo Patel | May 18, 2009; 09:45 AM ET | Comments (6)
Mian Ashraf exemplified both the Muslim and the American traditions.
By Eboo Patel | May 15, 2009; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (10)
Do we choose the way of Bin Laden or Dr. King? Clenched fists win only if the rest of us keep our hands in our pockets.
By Eboo Patel | May 11, 2009; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (20)
A crowd of Christians, Muslims, Jews, and Agnostics prayed for peace and for leaders who would work together.
By Eboo Patel | May 8, 2009; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (26)
Rather than discuss the hypocrisy of others, we should look deeper into our own beliefs.
By Eboo Patel | May 6, 2009; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (4)
One pastor's respectful approach to spreading the gospel in the Muslim world can help us all build bridges
By Eboo Patel | May 4, 2009; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (13)
Imagine if many diverse faith communities around America joined forces to tackle malaria.
By Eboo Patel | April 24, 2009; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (1)
A new Holocaust Museum reminds us all of our responsibilities to the past and the future.
By Eboo Patel | April 20, 2009; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (4)
While Wilders and Ali promote fear of Islam, a Dutch minister is pushing Obama-like message of hope in diversity.
By Eboo Patel | April 16, 2009; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (10)
Today's guest blogger is Ola Mohamed, a senior Political Science and International Studies double major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ola is also the President of UNC's Muslim Students Association and an '08-'09 Interfaith Youth Core...
By Eboo Patel | April 15, 2009; 03:25 PM ET | Comments (2)
Tuesday's first gathering of faith leaders showed how Obama has already changed this country.
By Eboo Patel | April 9, 2009; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (17)
The Obama administration is working to change the "clash of civilizations" framework by changing its rhetoric.
By Eboo Patel | April 3, 2009; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (208)
Today's guest blogger is Hannah McConnaughay, an Outreach Education and Training Associate at the Interfaith Youth Core. Hannah graduated in June of 2008 from the University of Chicago, where she studied religious studies and economics and was a member of...
By Eboo Patel | April 1, 2009; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (4)
The disturbing rise of religious nationalism in Christian, Jewish and Muslim security forces.
By Eboo Patel | March 30, 2009; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (27)
Today's guest blogger is Joshua Stanton. Joshua is the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue™ and a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College. He is the recipient of numerous leadership awards, including the Hyman P. Moldover Scholarship for Communal...
By Eboo Patel | March 25, 2009; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (5)
Muslim communities in America are celebrating Navroz -- Persian New Year -- and spring.
By Eboo Patel | March 23, 2009; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (6)
It's vital for all of us to counter "young Muslim terrorist" stories with "exceptional Muslim youth" stories
By Eboo Patel | March 20, 2009; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (138)
Today's guest blogger is Erik Schwarz, founder of Interfaith Works, a nonprofit based in New Orleans, Louisiana, that partners with a wide range of faith communities and other organizations around innovative social-change projects. He also co-directs The Institute for Faith...
By Eboo Patel | March 18, 2009; 04:10 PM ET | Comments (0)
The Indian who won two Academy Awards for music shows that Muslim pluralism is flourishing.
By Eboo Patel | March 9, 2009; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (45)
Why did Mumbaikers overwhelmingly view the 2008 terrorist attacks as a case of pluralism vs extremism rather than Hindu vs. Muslim?
By Eboo Patel | March 6, 2009; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (66)
The world's oldest democracy and its largest democracy should lead the world in interfaith cooperation.
By Eboo Patel | March 5, 2009; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (18)
Don't deport the anti-Islamic politician, or ban his film. Let's teach him the American value of religious liberty.
By Eboo Patel | February 26, 2009; 08:19 AM ET | Comments (142)
The dream of India is the dream of pluralism, the idea of different communities retaining their uniqueness while relating in a way that recognizes they share universal values.
By Eboo Patel | February 23, 2009; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (15)
Al-Qaeda rises and falls not so much on the actions of its hard-core adherents, but on whether it can bring other Muslims into its fold.
By Eboo Patel | February 16, 2009; 09:15 AM ET | Comments (50)
As we look back, let's remember the story of unity that the myth of Lincoln teaches us -- the story of unity that Obama stresses time and time again.
By Eboo Patel | February 13, 2009; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (6)
We have a former British Prime Minister and a new American President each articulating a vision of interfaith cooperation and building institutions to make good on that vision.
By Eboo Patel | February 9, 2009; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (19)
President Obama's vision for the faith-based council connects his domestic goals with his foreign policy goal of reaching out to people of all faiths and nations.
By Eboo Patel | February 6, 2009; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (22)
The report states that such peacemaking efforts are organic to the tradition of Islam itself, and Muslim intellectuals are increasingly articulating these dimensions of Islam both within Muslim circles and beyond them.
By Eboo Patel | February 2, 2009; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (88)
One of President Obama's key stories has always been about diversity as strength. And his life is the embodiment of that dimension of the American dream.
By Eboo Patel | January 30, 2009; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (4)
Today's guest blogger is Jenan Mohajir, a program associate for the Outreach Education & Training program at the Interfaith Youth Core. She is extensively involved with the Muslim community through several grassroots initiatives in Chicago, IL "Hum Honge Kamyab." Throughout...
By Eboo Patel | January 28, 2009; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (2)
Not only was Obama the first President to mention the word "Muslim" in an inauguration speech, he did it with his hand out instead of with his fist clenched.
By Eboo Patel | January 26, 2009; 12:52 AM ET | Comments (109)
Today's guest blogger is Angie Chan, a senior Linguistics Major at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, most of Angie's time is spent working with the Interfaith Youth Core's Fellows Alliance program, as well as acting as...
By Eboo Patel | January 21, 2009; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (0)
"Step One is recognizing that this is a difficult dialogue ... That's crucially important... [And] when you realize that it's difficult but that you're willing to take it on, I think that's where the courage starts ..." -- Ola, Interfaith...
By Eboo Patel | January 9, 2009; 02:16 PM ET | Comments (3)
The sad truth of the Middle East conflict is that many Muslims and Jews agree that the Solution Rulebook makes sense to them, but when the crisis escalates and hits the front page (like now), the old logic takes over and Muslim and Jewish organizations revert to the Status Quo Rules.
By Eboo Patel | January 8, 2009; 06:17 AM ET | Comments (51)
Win or lose, you have to go to work with people who believe (perhaps passionately) differently than you.
By Eboo Patel | December 19, 2008; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (50)
This is why you don't see Pakistanis protesting their own government, but rather Denmark's. Because in Denmark, they might have a say.
By Eboo Patel | December 15, 2008; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (1)
To link Sonal Shah to the activities of the Hindu nationalist right is offensive and inaccurate.
By Eboo Patel | December 11, 2008; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (133)
Eboo Patel | The terrorists of Mumbai stole many things - lives, property, tranquility. Add the Hajj and Eid to the list.
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By Eboo Patel | December 8, 2008; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (235)
India is one of the most diverse countries in the world - a carnival of ethnic groups, religious communities, languages, tribes, castes, etc. In fact, the idea of India is the idea of pluralism.
By Eboo Patel | December 5, 2008; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (24)
Daniel Barenboim, the Argentine Israeli Maestro, is back in the United States this week for, among other things, a chamber concert with his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at the United Nations, working for peace.
By Eboo Patel | November 24, 2008; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (132)
Inspired by Obama's "Joshua Generation," some day soon a Muslim American women will rise up and run for Congress, and face similar challenges in her own community.
By Eboo Patel | November 21, 2008; 08:28 AM ET | Comments (11)
Barack didn't ask the permission of the Old Guard - in the black church, in the civil rights generation, or in the Democratic party. He understood that the past was further away and the future nearer than any of the Old Guard thought.
By Eboo Patel | November 17, 2008; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (20)
Maybe King Abdullah, by articulating the central Muslim value of religious pluralism on the world stage, will find the citizens of his Kingdom demanding that he implement it at home.
By Eboo Patel | November 14, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (77)
Today's guest blogger is Amber Hacker, a graduate of University of North Carolina Wilmington and a Leadership Associate at the Interfaith Youth Core. Amber manages the bridge-builders network, an online community for leaders of the interfaith youth movement. I believe...
By Eboo Patel | November 12, 2008; 04:11 PM ET | Comments (0)
My grandfather has this impossible-to-believe ability to find humor and positivity in any situation.
By Eboo Patel | November 6, 2008; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (1)
When Obama took the stage, I heard my little boy stir. He felt the earth shift. We all did. As I looked at television images of crowds in Atlanta and Chicago and Kenya, I felt like I saw the faces of King and Lincoln and Mandela.
By Eboo Patel | November 5, 2008; 02:32 AM ET | Comments (35)
The spirit of Studs Terkel is going to fire the soul of this nation for a long time to come.
By Eboo Patel | November 3, 2008; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (10)
Today's guest blogger is Remz Pokorny, a senior at Brandeis University, majoring in Political Science and Middle East Studies. He is also an IFYC Fellow and an active member of the Brandeis Baha'i Association. Let's start at the beginning: My...
By Eboo Patel | October 29, 2008; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (6)
As a young voter and interfaith activist, this is what I like to hear. For my peers, focusing on these urgent issues creates common ground for walking across the lines of faith. Without having to agree on the meaning of marriage, we can lobby together for health care and renewable energy.
By Eboo Patel | October 15, 2008; 02:22 PM ET | Comments (15)
Maher's dogged pursuit of rationality in the face of the faithful is particularly fascinating because his end result - vehemently dismissing religious belief in all forms - is neither reasonable nor humble.
By Eboo Patel | October 8, 2008; 06:13 PM ET | Comments (158)
Eboo Patel | Conservative Christians might be lukewarm to Sarah Palin's emphasis on tolerance for same-sex relationships.
By Eboo Patel | October 3, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (32)
"Obession" film incites concerns about Islam. We all should be concerned about its impact on truth and freedom.
By Eboo Patel | September 26, 2008; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (27)
When the history of my generation is written, national service will be considered our most important contribution to America.
By Eboo Patel | September 19, 2008; 12:33 PM ET | Comments (5)
Eboo Patel | We are not at war with a religion. We are at war with extremists.
This is not a Muslim vs. Christian world, it is a Pluralism vs. Extremism world.
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By Eboo Patel | September 11, 2008; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (99)
What makes Ramadan markedly different in America is that it truly brings all faiths together.
By Eboo Patel | August 28, 2008; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (81)
It didn't matter at all that my heritage was different than theirs, and they welcomed me with open arms.
By Eboo Patel | August 25, 2008; 02:59 PM ET | Comments (3)
Since Katrina, diverse faith communities have come together in the absence of government to open their arms, hearts, heads, homes, wallets, prayers and places of worship for New Orleanians.
By Eboo Patel | August 19, 2008; 03:58 PM ET | Comments (8)
In sports, violations are often imposed for unsportsmanlike conduct. In similar fashion, voters could discourage negative attacks between the candidates, through opinion polls and on Election Day.
By Eboo Patel | August 15, 2008; 01:57 PM ET | Comments (7)
The peaceful and pluralistic must work to make their voices heard through actions that speak louder than those of the aggressors. American Muslims will find that voice through civic engagement.
By Eboo Patel | August 12, 2008; 06:38 PM ET | Comments (3)
The world would have us hate one another, but here we are coming together to do something we all care about. There must be something divine in that.
By Eboo Patel | August 11, 2008; 03:05 PM ET | Comments (0)
The hour is indeed dark for the women, children, and men of Darfur, but it need not always be so. If people of conscience are willing to dedicate themselves to ending the genocide in western Sudan, it can happen.
By Eboo Patel | August 8, 2008; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (67)
I am grateful to be a member of the Presbyterian Church. The church has blessed me with the freedom to answer God's call, whatever the next call may be.
By Eboo Patel | August 6, 2008; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (4)
How can we encourage interfaith dialogue on public policy issues without predetermined universal principles of adjudication?
By Eboo Patel | August 1, 2008; 02:16 PM ET | Comments (18)
When I told the Peruvian family I was staying with that I didn’t eat meat, they were quick to express their sympathy for what they undoubtedly considered an unfortunate condition. Their solution to my particular ailment happened to be rice and potatoes.
By Eboo Patel | July 16, 2008; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (68)
Respect for dialogue is captured in the seemingly paradoxical statement that the opinions of Hillel and Shammai were both the “words of the living God.”
By Eboo Patel | June 24, 2008; 05:57 PM ET | Comments (10)
Eboo Patel: Rumi and Whitman remind us of the radical love, overflowing openness, and unquenchable aspiration to be better that is America at its best.
By Eboo Patel | September 11, 2007; 01:10 AM ET | Comments (21)
The message is simple, the path is plain: serve others. It is what we were created for.
By Eboo Patel | August 21, 2007; 09:37 AM ET | Comments (34)
The solution is not denigration of religion a la Hitchens, but new religious leadership that acts on dimensions of faith that are life-affirming instead of suffocating.
By Eboo Patel | May 25, 2007; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (76)
I cannot explain why I don’t spend every breath thanking God for the opportunity to be alive.
By Eboo Patel | May 22, 2007; 03:22 PM ET | Comments (49)
I cannot help but consider it a gift from God that it was a Mormon who illuminated those Muslim values for me.
By Eboo Patel | May 7, 2007; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (157)
Many of our most significant Abrahamic religious leaders – Thomas Merton, Bede Griffiths, Badshah Khan, Martin Luther King Jr. – had a deep admiration for Eastern spiritual traditions.
By Eboo Patel | April 16, 2007; 09:41 AM ET | Comments (33)
More than his bones, it is Jesus’s message and example which move me.
By Eboo Patel | April 7, 2007; 08:06 AM ET | Comments (27)
The best way to reduce the amount of religious extremism on television is to make a stronger case for religious pluralism.
By Eboo Patel | March 30, 2007; 09:17 AM ET | Comments (60)