Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A small step for Muslims, but a giant leap for America.

A small step for Muslims, but a giant leap for America.

It will take me another three days to compile a full report about the rally. The engagement with media is worth sharing. We appreciated and thanked the Media in fulfilling their responsibility of passing the positive message from Muslim Americans to fellow Americans. It was good reporting indeed.  

We had this event in planning for a while, but it happened immediately because of Stuart Varney and his able Assistant Jennie Lubart. I give them credit for being the catalyst for this event. Indeed, I gave a special message during the program thanking Stuart and Jennie, and hope to have that video out soon. 

In behalf of American Muslim Institution a rally was organized on the steps of Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on Friday, November 20, 2015.  The symbolic location was chosen to mirror the effort of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who brought a positive change to the American civil Society with his famous, “I have a dream” speech.  I believe that this effort has seeded the momentum for yet another positive movement; acceptance of Muslims as equals in the process of integration.


Muslims are sick of the terrorists, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and their ilk committing evil acts and conveniently slapping the blame on religion, and Muslims are neither happy with those gullible few,  who are too eager to buy the poor excuses of these gangs. Instead of punishing them, my fellow Americans are hell bent on finding faults with their religion. This amounts to barking at the wrong tree.

A reporter asked what would be achieved by condemning or demonstrating here at Lincoln Memorial.  My  response was “Evil exists because good people do nothing about it, we the good people are doing something about it; we are condemning the evil acts of ISIS, and sending them a clear message that the world condemns their act,  and that they have no place among the civil societies unless they surrender and give up terrorism, violence and extremism. 

At the National Press Club, Dr. Ben Carson was asked if he verifies the information he relays about Muslims and Islam. The lack of response led us to offer advice and guidance to him, and if he considers the advice, he will save himself a lot of regrets and time on doubling down on the false information, and if he were smart, he can earn at least 3 Million Muslim votes.

TRUMP Knows a large number of his supporters are stupid and believe in him, he is right about that.  I am looking forward to engaging him in a rational sensible common sense dialogue. 

While we are compiling 60+ reports from the rally, I suggest Googling the following phrases “American Muslim Institution” or “American Muslims Lincoln Memorial “Mike Ghouse Lincoln Memorial” for the last 4 days and hope you will find good record of the work. 


It was symbolic for us to speak from the same spot seeding a positive change for full integration and acceptance of Muslims.

As an example, take a look at the following two of the 60 + reports

1) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3I-cjFMth-E&feature=youtu.be
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3I-cjFMth-E&feature=youtu.be
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Mike Ghouse of the American Muslim Institution speaks at a small demonstration against ISIS on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 20, 2015. Religi...

We were covered by all the major media; in addition we had Russian, French, German,  Pakistani, Arabic and other TV and extensive radio coverage.

It was a successful event in planting the seed for the change and the momentum has gained.

Taking the lead and being the first one is not easy, most people are afraid to take the bold step partly due to the bureaucracy but mainly due to strong dissent from one or two members from within the community.  Good ideas and great initiatives are usually killed by a few strong negative voices, we are deeply committed to speak up  and do the right thing, may God help us.

We are the first one in the Nation to “demonstrate against ISIS”, and “Demonstrate against Terrorism” making it easy for others to repeat. Adams Center followed it right behind us at 5:00 PM at the Lafayette Park across white house and the next day, several rallies around the nations took place.

Muslims are going thru the un-prescribed and unprecedented vetting process and Insha Allah, we will soon become an integral part of America.  We will continue to stand up, and all we need is Muslims to participate in theses specific efforts of 1) Joining the rallies against terrorism anywhere by any group, 2)  dealing with media 2) mitigating on Islamophobia and 3) integration into the society and be a part of the American story.

You may like this Thanksgiving Story – that I have been writing for the last 20 years in different settings with different stories… this year, I may not have the time to write but you may like this. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ghouse/interfaith-thanksgiving-story-of-gratitude-and-self-balancing-acts_b_2169789.html


Today at 5:00 PM,  I will be with Hannity and Gabrielle on Syrian Refugees and Trump
Fox Syndicated network on 250 Radio stations across America. More than likely it will turn to Trump. Trump knows a large number of his supporters are dumb and he will keep them busy feeding red meat of hate. How do you deal with him? I believe we have to out do evil with good, good always cancels out the evil in the end. Check my Tweets about Trump on my Twitter account. ‪#‎MikeGhouse‬
Tomorrow at 9:00 AM, I will be with Stuart Varney on Fox Business TV to talk about the Lincoln Memorial event.  A small step for Muslims, but a giant leap for America.
  

In behalf of American Muslim Institution a rally was organized on the steps of Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on Friday, November 20, 2015. The symbolic location was chosen to mirror the effort of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who brought a positive change to the American civil Society with his famous, “I have a dream” speech.  Dr. Ghouse believes that this effort has seeded the momentum for yet another positive change; acceptance of Muslims as equals in the process of integration.



Tonite, I will be speaking to a small gathering about the work of AMI and I will be happy to speak to your groups anywhere in the United States, provided you take care of the stay and airfare. Once we transition from aimlessly talking to actually doing specific things, we can shape a strong and secure America for each one of us.   

Thanks  

Mike Ghouse
Dr. Mike Ghouse is a community consultant, social scientist, thinker, writer, news maker and a speaker on PluralismInterfaithIslam,  politicshuman rights, foreign policy and building cohesive societies. Mike offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. More about him in 63 links at www.MikeGhouse.net and his writings are at TheGhousediary.com 


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