Monday, December 28, 2015

A new page in American History is added by Muslims and Christians

HISTORY IS MADE BY CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS

This the first time in the history of Christianity and Islam, that Christians and Muslims have jointly celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad, on the steps of Lincoln Memorial,  a good first step in creating a safe and secure America for all its inhabitants.  

If you participate in any fashion, congratulations, you are a part of the American history now. 

We want to include your comments in the records, please keep it to 50 words or less, as our volunteers will include the first 50 words.

 While we are waiting for the other reports, we have the Arab Daily News run the following story today, and it is expressive of the sentiments of many.

Here is the full story-  http://thearabdailynews.com/2015/12/27/jesus-muhammad-mlk-and-we-have-a-dream/
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Pictures and videos will be uploaded soon

Thank you.
Mike Ghouse

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Feed back

We want to hear from you.

Please write your comment about the event, what did it mean to you, what did it signify and what do you hope for the future, would you be a part of such events? 

We made history, by jointly celebrating the auspicious birth celebrations of two great souls who were committed to peace, harmony and cohesiveness of the world we live in. 

Please review some of the following write ups and links there in. 


Thank you for sharing your heart felt sentiments.
Please write your comments. 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Holiday readings on Christmas day and Milad-un-Nabi

Holiday readings on Christmas day and Milad-un-Nabi  www.AmericanMuslimInstitution.org 

I am pleased to share a few notes for your joyful reading on this auspicious day, when more than half of the world population is praising two men who brought the message of peace to the world, and who wanted the world to live in harmony and balance between each other and their environment. 

1. Holiday Reading
2. Joan and Katherine made my day
3. What is Pluralism?
4. Invitation to a historic event
5. How can you help?




The current world population is 7.3 Billion,  and the Christians and Muslims together add up to 3.9 Billion (2.2 Billion Christians and 1.7 billion Muslims ). God places a huge responsibility on our shoulders to keep the world intact, they way he created, with all elements of the creation functioning together cohesively. We have an obligation to create safe and secure societies for all of us, every human, where everyone minds his own unique life (be it social, cultural, spiritual or religious) but yet nurtures the connectivity of all beings. At American Muslim Institution, we take this responsibility seriously and will take the initiatives to forge the ideals of one nation, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. We are committed to a cohesive and safe America for everyone. 

To understand a cohesive world, our bodies are an example. Each organ of our body system is interconnected, and the heart, brain, kidneys, lungs, liver, stomach and anus are all coded to work with each other, no organ is superior to the other and all are equally partners in our system.  If one element malfunctions, or loses its balance, it will affect the normal functioning of all. That is how God created a cohesive universe, and the cohesive planet earth, where life, matter and environment function together in balance.  If we lose any balance, we mess up our own safeness.

Chief Seattle, a Native American said this perfectly, “All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the webs, he does it to himself."


Both Jesus and Muhammad created a vision of such a cohesive world in the form of heaven, where every soul would live in eternal bliss, a conflict free zone, living their own bliss and letting others live theirs.  This vision is expressed in the form of Pluralism, an attitude of respecting the otherness of others and accepting the God given uniqueness of each one of us, and when we reach that level of integrity in our attitudes,  conflicts fade and solutions emerge,  and that was their vision. 

I call Jesus, the first pluralist in the world and Muhammad the second one sequentially. Indeed, both the men were (are) a mercy to mankind.  Neither of them was needed, if the world was created to be 100% perfect, the world is indeed built-in with 1/10th of 1% of extremity or anomaly, that is capable of messing the balance of the entire 99 - 9/10th of the world. One embraced the diversity of God’s creation and the other prayed for the ignorance embedded within others.  Together they offered solutions to restore the world through forgiveness, humility, kindness, justness and acceptance of the otherness of others.


The other half of the population is guided by great men like Zarathustra,  Moses,  Krishna, Rama, Buddha, Confucius, Mahavir, Nanak, Bahaullah and a host of others from the native and earth based traditions including those who do not believe in a defined God, but advocate creating balance in the society.  All of spiritual masters taught us to be kind and gentle to the fringe among us.  Each one of them taught to respect the sanctity of life.  A majority of us get that right and the fringe among us don’t, and it is our duty to include them kindly and gently to be a part of the norm as Jesus did.    

Joan and Katherine made my day!

While driving to Staples this morning to pick up the banner for the event on Saturday, I got a call from a Katherine, she seemed so happy about the joint birth celebration of Jesus and Muhammad (pbuh)  that I had to pull over to listen to her sentiments and what a joy it was to hear her out.  She said, she sees hope, when the people of two of the largest religions come together to create harmony in the world. She was full of praise for Rizwan Jaka, the chairman of the board of trustees for ADAMS center.  It was indeed a joy to know the work of Rizwan and his entire team at ADAMS center in creating such a cohesive environment. 

I reached Staples, and had to wait, while waiting, I opened the email, the first one was from Joan Greenbaum, and it read, “And thank you for the invitation and honor to be a part of the Season of Peace celebration.  My hope is that the celebrations of the births of these two men, who were instrumental in teaching all of us about peace and humanity, will remind those who have lost sight of our shared heritage, that we are all children of God.  And remind them that we want a civil society that values all.”


Both of them made my day! They were good positive voices and notes. I was excited and had to call in my friends, as many as I can, including  Ambassador Islam Siddiqui and Dr. Aquilur Rahman, President and Chairman of AMI respectively, and who inspire me to do more, 
but then I did not call other friends as I got tied up on the phone. Thanks to my board of Directors at AMI who encourage me and are committed to a beautiful America.
There is more! The Muslim community in Washington, DC has done a great job in building relationship with members of the families of faiths. As we have done in Dallas with so many events from the Foundation for Pluralism, America Together Foundation, Irving Mosque, The Islamic Center of Richardson and others. Louisville Kentucky has also set a great example, and the Phoenix people have set a record in turning hostility into friendliness with the armed protesters. 

Indeed, we are doing the right things; we need to continue doing them as the work is not a match for the gravity of the negativity out there.  That negativity can be minimized by doing more interfaith understanding. 

I appeal to those few Muslims among us to seriously look at the larger picture and examples of the prophet and his work.  He was the first man in the universe to conduct interfaith dialogue, right in his Mosque; this is a great Sunnah we need to follow.  He was Amin (a great citizen who is trust worthy, truthful, just, and kind with no barriers between him and God’s creation) first, and that is what we have to work on, to be the Amins, the great citizens of this nation,  and all else will fall in its place.  

Thank God, over the last 22 years, I am blessed to have written over 3000 articles, and ahve given innumerable talks. Of them, 1000 were on every aspect of Islam, a thousand on politics, foreign policy, sports, movies, personalities etc and a 1000 about Pluralism.  I am also blessed to have many friends from every faith (including Atheists) cultural, social and racial and ethnic traditions.  

What is Pluralism? 

We have crystallized the definition of pluralism to, “respecting the otherness of the others and accepting the uniqueness of each one of us”. Pluralism is nothing but an attitude of live and let 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, 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 nurturence, 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. 

You are responsible for other’s actions but your own. Internally it will burn you inside; externally you’ll be punished by the society. No one but you should be blamed for your actions. If you murder someone, it’s you, who needs to be hauled off, not your parents, spouse, siblings, or your children. If you are a rapist, it is you who needs to be punished and not your teacher, mayor, congressman, senator, imam, pastor, pundit, rabbi, shaman, clergy, Quran, Bible, Torah, Avesta, Bhagvad Gita, Guru Granth Saheb, Kitab al Muqaddas and other holy books of any religion for that matter.

Pluralism is not a set of rules, it is simply an attitude of live and let live religiously, politically, culturally and socially.  We are committed to building cohesive societies, where no human has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of a fellow being.

Invitation

"To a historic event"

It is for the first time in history of Christianity and Islam, that Muslims and Christians are celebrating the birth of Jesus and Prophet Muhammad on the yet another historic place; the steps of Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.  

Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 1:00 PM
Enjoy the Christmas Carols & Milad Nasheeds
Bring your own chair and an umbrella




Parking - Road side public parking subject to availability.

Rail and Bus - The nearest metro stations are Foggy Bottom (23rd St. & I St. NW) and Smithsonian (12th St. &Independence Ave. SW). The Circulator Bus also runs to the Lincoln Memorial along Independence directly from the Union Station.

How can you help? 

1. First attend the event on Saturday and invite your friends to join.
2. Write a heart felt note, why is it necessary to know each other**
3. Depending on the time, I may record your 1 Minute speech as a feed back of the event.
4. Donate if you can.

We have a lot more work to do to build a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension or fear of the other. To do this work, takes money, and we invite you to seriously your tax deductible donations to American Muslim Institution, 110 Maryland Av, NE, Suite 508, Washington, DC 2002. 


Link to this note, if you would like to share.  http://americanmusliminstitution.blogspot.com/2015/12/holiday-readings-on-christmas-day-and.html

God bless you and God bless America. 


If you wish to read more about these two guys:








Thank you, 

Mike Ghouse
(214) 325-1916
Executive Director
www.AmericanMuslimInstitution.org 
A proactive voice for American Muslims
110 Maryland Av, NE, Suite 508
Washington, DC 20002-5606 


Dr. Mike Ghouse is a community consultant, social scientist, thinker, writer, news maker, and a speaker on 
PluralismInterfaithIslampolitics, human rights, India, Israel-Palestine Terrorism and foreign policy. Over 3000 Articles have been published on the subjects. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. More about him in 63 links at www.MikeGhouse.net and bulk of his writings are at TheGhousediary.com

** send the note to MikeGhouse@aol.com 


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Preparations for Season of Peace

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 – Thanks to Asim Shaikh for volunteering to take care of the Sound System, we went to the Lincoln Memorial to check out the Electrical outlet, and the extension cords needed would be at least 300’ long, thru connecting different cables we will lose voltage, so we decided to get the generator, we have the permit to do that from the Parks and it is 45’ from the stage to where we want the generator.

The ideal location that frames the event would be on right side of the platform (facing the monument), with the little wall in the backdrop and a bench in the front. If someone wants to take the pictures, it gives a good angle, and it is also a great place to place the banner on the wall. We have to find weights and ropes to hang the banner on the wall in the background.

We have to make a few more arrangements. Can someone bring water bottles?  We will have to skip the program booklet – we have not received all the names from the people.  I need a a dedicated volunteer to stand with me and take the names of people and line up the speaker and groups to sing carols and Nasheeds, the person cannot get into other conversations but focus on the job. Please provide me one such person now.
 
Thanks

Mike Ghouse
(214) 325-1916
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Next time you go with me, and I will take your picture and place here.  I have found out over a period of time 
on the face book with 18,000 followers, and 11.9 Million views on Google,  that if I post the pictures of the monuments, no one is interested in clicking like... some human has to be there for people to look at it. Next time, it better be you. Just join me and do the work. 

Rain or shine, work is work 

Our stage... the bench and the back wall for hanging banner.
Washington Monument in the backdrop


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Press Release - First time in history – Celebration of birth of Jesus and Prophet Muhammad on the steps of Lincoln Memorial.

PRESS RELEASE

Mike Ghouse (214) 325-1916
Mike@AmericanMuslimInstitution.org
www.AmericanMuslimInstituition.org

First time in history – Celebration of birth of Jesus and Prophet Muhammad on the steps of Lincoln Memorial.

Washington, D.C., December 22, 2015 – For the first time in the history of Christianity and Islam, the Christians and Muslims are jointly celebrating the birth of Jesus and Prophet Muhammad, and it is on the historic steps of Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

What: Interfaith celebration of Christmas and Milad
Date: Saturday, December 26, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
RSVP: At Eventbrite link at www.AmericanMuslimInstitution.org

Mike Ghouse, the Executive Director of American Muslim Institution, a proactive voice for American Muslims said, “It is a God-given opportunity to further strengthen our bonds with each other on the auspicious occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad which fall on 25th and 24th of December, respectively.  It provides us a great spiritual incentive to know each other for better.  We have an obligation to create a safe and secure America for all of us.”

Dr. Aquilur Rahman, Chairman of the AMI Board said, “We chose this location, as it signifies another great event in our history, Rev. Martin Luther King’s dream speech which became a catalyst in fulfilling the vision of our founding fathers that we are all created equal. We have one more step to take towards a cohesive America.”

It is a symbolic interfaith event with Christmas Carols and Milaad Nasheeds and a short message from faith leaders, an inclusive event to build a safe, secure and cohesive America. The more we know each other, the fewer misconceptions we will have. “

Rizwan Jaka, Chair, Board of Trustees & Interfaith Co-Chair, All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) adds,“ God wants all of us to come together and create a safe and secure America for each one of us, we are all in this together, and let’s appreciate this to uphold religious freedom and  beckon a peaceful and prosperous 2016 and more.”


Syed Moktadir, President of ADAMS and the Vice Chairman of the U.S. Muslim & Christian Coalition (MCC) for the Protection of Christian and Religious Minorities in Arab World said, "the birth of Jesus and Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Them) brought so much blessing and light to our world that the hearts of the faithful continue to be full of love and passion for both of them and for all the prophets of God who came to guide humanity to worship God alone and unite the humanity through His worship. This event is yet another manifestation of that interfaith unity."


This is an initiative of American Muslim Institution and
the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), one of the largest Muslim communities/mosques in the DC Metro Area and in the United States. 





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Monday, December 21, 2015

Interfaith Walk from Synagogue to church to Mosque

Washington, DC, Sunday, December 20, 2015 – Jews, Christians, Muslims and fellow members of the family of faiths walked 4 plus miles from National Hebrew Synagogue to National Cathedral to Islamic Center on Massachusetts Avenue.

These are good examples of good people speaking up when evil in men spews out divisive and xenophobic rhetoric. Rabbi David Saperstein and another Rabbi made good points about love the stranger for once you were a stranger quoting Torah.  As long as people are willing to stand up for each other, world is safe and secure place for everyone. 






Thank you,

Mike Ghouse
(214) 325-1916
Executive Director
www.AmericanMuslimInstitution.org 
A proactive voice for American Muslims
110 Maryland Av, NE, Suite 508
Washington, DC 20002-5606


Dr. Mike Ghouse is a community consultant, social scientist, thinker, writer, news maker, and a speaker on PluralismInterfaithIslampolitics, human rights, India, Israel-Palestine and foreign policy. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. More about him in 63 links at www.MikeGhouse.net and bulk of his writings are at TheGhousediary.com   

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Season of Peace - Joint celebration of Christmas and Milad

An Interfaith event: Birth Celebrations of Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad

ON THE STEPS OF LINCOLN MEMORIAL, WASHINGTON DC

Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 1:00 PM 
Christmas Carols & Milad Nasheeds

Please bring your own chair and an umbrella just in case. 

PLEASE REGISTER AT THIS LINK: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/merry-christmas-milad-mubarak-tickets-20040393356 
 


An Initiative of AMI and ADAMS Center

Parking - Road side public parking subject to availability.

Rail & Bus - The nearest metro stations are Foggy Bottom (23rd St. & I St. NW) and Smithsonian (12th St. &Independence Ave. SW). The Circulator Bus also runs to the Lincoln Memorial along Independence directly from the Union Station.

Here is a God-given opportunity to further strengthen our bonds with fellow Americans on the auspicious occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) on 25th and 24th of December, respectively. 

What: It is a symbolic interfaith event with Christmas Carols and Milaad Nasheeds and a short message from faith leaders, an inclusive event to build a safe, secure and cohesive America. The more we know each other, the fewer misconceptions we will have.

Your Support:   Your contributions to defray the cost of the event will be appreciated. All sponsors will be listed on the site and their support will be announced at the event with gratitude.

God loves each one of us and showers his blessings each time we make an effort to bring harmony and cohesiveness among his creation.

CONTACT 
  • Mike Ghouse (214) 325-1916
  • Bob Marro (703) 309-6726
  • Islam Siddiqui (202) 725-7409
  • Aquilur Rahman (847) 822-9659
  • Rizwan Jaka (703) 624-6352
  • Syed Moktadir (703) 899-1132

AN INITIATIVE OF 
  • American Muslim Institution
  • ADAMS Center

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS OF THIS INTERFAITH EVENT.


Friday, December 18, 2015

Season of Peace - birth celebrations of Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad

Season of Peace | Merry Christmas | Milad Mubarak
www.AmericanMuslimInstitution.org


Here is a God-given opportunity to further strengthen our bonds on the auspicious occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad on 25th and 24th of December respectively.

Please REGISTER your attendance and your friend’s attendance at the following link.   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/merry-christmas-milad-mubarak-tickets-20040393356  or visit www.AmericanMuslimInstitution.org



Event: Season of peace, Merry Christmas | Milad Mubarak
What: It is a symbolic interfaith event with Christmas Carols and Milaad Nasheeds and a short message from faith leaders, an inclusive event to build a safe, secure and cohesive America. The more we know each other, the fewer misconceptions we will have.

Date: Saturday, December 26, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Place: On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.,

Your Support:   Your contributions to defray the cost of the event will be appreciated. All sponsors will be listed on the site and their support will be announced at the event with gratitude.

God loves each one of us and showers his blessings each time we make an effort to bring harmony and cohesiveness among his creation.





No matter how tough the times are, there is a symbolic coincidence happening on the earth; the birth of Prophet Muhammad falls on Christmas Eve.

These are the signs of good tidings; offering a new hope and a new beginning for the mankind. Together Christians and Muslims make up nearly half of the world population and it is our duty to do our share of work in restoring harmony and peace on earth for each one of the Seven billion of us. We are all in this together.

May God help us all work together for peace.
Thank you,

Mike Ghouse
(214) 325-1916
Executive Director
www.AmericanMuslimInstitution.org 
A proactive voice for American Muslims
110 Maryland Av, NE, Suite 508
Washington, DC 20002-5606

Dr. Mike Ghouse is a community consultant, social scientist, thinker, writer, news maker, and a speaker on PluralismInterfaithIslampolitics,human rightsIndiaIsrael-Palestine and foreign policy. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. More about him in 63 links at www.MikeGhouse.net and bulk of his writings are atTheGhousediary.com   

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mike Ghouse on Bryan Blue's Radio Show about Trump's Muslim Ban

TRUMPS’ MUSLIM BAN
Trump's proposed ban on Muslims, Keeping America safe from radical Muslims, Is Islam a violent religion? 

I will be on Bryan Blue’s Syndicated Radio Show on Friday 10 PM and will be repeated on Monday at 7 AM. I have been on several Radio stations and Tv Stations on Trump's bigotry.

Hosted by:  Bryan Blue and Jamie Kinser-Knight
Guests: Danny Coulson FBI and Mike Ghouse with AMI (American Muslim Institution)

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---------------------- Here are some of my talking points; ... so they are not constructed as an essay.

Let’s keep America great forever!

It is disappointing to hear the uncouth rhetoric from the presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

The role of the President is to keep America safe from outside forces and internal conflicts, and to help Americans achieve in their pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.

Mr. Trump has trampled on the very fundamental values of our immortal declaration,   “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.“

The very first amendment guarantees its citizens the freedom of religion and states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” there is absolutely no religious test to be given to anyone, but Mr. Trump wants to give religious tests to those who want to enter the United States, is he going against what America stands for?

Is Mr. Trump a traitor for violating our constitution? 

No, he is not; the beauty of our land is, we allow freedom of speech to everyone, and that is the inalienable right of Americans.  If that freedom allows one to yell fire in a theater and cause mishaps and deaths, the utterer is responsible for such losses.

There is an old saying “evil exists in the world, because good people do nothing about it.” Indeed, it is shocking to see the support Trump is receiving from the cesspool of a small percent of Republicans. The same goes to the other bigot Carson, who is what he is today because of the equal rights and civil rights act and he wants to violate them as well.

Mr. Trump is an ungrateful man; he forgets that many of men and women who have served him or his management and staff are Muslims among Indians, who are Doctors, Engineers, Architects and Managers in managing and sustaining his empire.  Mr. Trump forgets that the cell phone he uses was the invention of the son of a Muslim immigrant, the extensive business he has set up in Dubai is with Muslims, the ones he does not want to enter America. 

The brunt of his rhetoric and subsequent actions will be borne by average middle class Americans, not him, absolutely not him or his ilk but the Americans. What if Russians see this opportunity and offer all the Muslim nations to supply arms, grains, and technology? Nearly fourth of our employment in the US is based on dealings with the Muslim majority nations. God forbid if Trump were to be the president, Americans are screwed.


I have full faith in American constitution, and trust the majority of my fellow Americans to have the moral integrity to do what is right, and that is to speak out against disruptive, divisive rhetoric.  I am proud of America, my fellow Americans who are Republicans, are finally coming to the point to say, we had enough of this bull and start condemning evil. I appreciate the leadership of Senator 
Lindsey Graham, not only did he tell Trump to “go to hell,” he also articulated the need to be morally right and not worry about the consequences in politics.

Just look at our record, we have never nominated an extremist as a presidential candidate who was hell bent on pitting one Americans against the other and messing with the character of our nation. Never!

Trump will be dumped or the Republicans stand to lose.  Look at the election mathematics – Obama won over Romney 51-49% of the votes. In November 2000, Bush received 50, 456, 002 votes against Gore’s 50,999, 897 Votes but won the election by 5 electoral votes 271 V 266. 

In a 2012 people survey by Pew research, 35% of registered voters identify with Democratic Party, 28% with Republicans and 33% as independents.  The current number may be different, but the point is the importance of independent voters, who can tilt the results either way.  Almost the entire conservative and supremacist vote goes to the Republicans, that leave the tilting votes in the hands of immigrants who are Hispanic, Muslims, and others, add to that Jewish vote for Democrats.

As an American Muslim, who revere’s America’s constitution on par with all the holy books including Quran, which places the greatest value on human rights, dignity, individualism, and accountability of individual’s actions towards building a cohesive society, I cherish the checks and balances built in our constitution. 

I believe we need to seriously consider placing our loyalty to America over loyalty to the party. We need to develop a system where we can shape the majority in the Senate and Congress to each party and not the same party, and work on giving them simple majority. It will allow serious debates on the issues and prevent slam dunking the bills.  Indeed, most of the bad things that have happened in America can be attributed to big majorities for the same party in both the houses. It has to be on our minds.

Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” and we have to exercise that consent now.

I am confident; Americans at large will dump this man.

Let’s keep America great forever! 


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Role of Muslims in America.

It is the responsibility of all Americans to help law enforcement officials in maintaining law and order and to assure the safety of every citizen. It is the duty of all of us to fight against radicalization through education and community engagement and work on promoting peace and harmony.

Muslims have consistently stood up against extremism and radicalism.

Some of the steps we have taken to counter terrorism:

1.  A small step for Muslims, but a giant leap for America.http://americanmusliminstitution.blogspot.com/2015/11/a-small-step-for-muslims-but-giant-leap.html

2.  Evil exists because good people do nothing about it, as Good Muslims we are condemning the ISIS and Terrorist. This is the first time; Muslims have demonstrated against Terrorism 20 seconds video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I-cjFMth-E

3.  This item has captured the essence of demonstrations on the steps of Lincoln Memorialhttp://www.viewsnews.net/2015/11/21/american-muslims-condemn-isis-terrorism/

4.  This press release is about the San Bernardino Mass shooting
http://americanmusliminstitution.blogspot.com/2015/12/loss-of-life-in-san-bernardino-is.html



 As American Muslims we have a greater responsibility in countering radicalization and violent extremism.   

We are countering one of the most difficult times in the last thirty plus years.  The San Bernardino mass shooting coupled with presidential candidate Donald Trump’s rhetoric has ratcheted the apprehensions, and there are some who are adding fuel to the fire.

Muslims across the nations are going through serious soul searching and meeting every place and in every city.  The situation is severe.

We have a responsibility to bring comfort to the frightened ones, and seriously participate in shaping a secure and safe America for every American. 

We have bad apples, but they are proportionate to our population.  We need to take concrete steps to bring positive changes but not excessive reactions.  

About me:
Dr. Mike Ghouse is a community consultant, social scientist, thinker, writer, news maker, and a speaker on PluralismInterfaithIslampoliticshuman rightsIndiaIsrael-PalestineTerrorism and foreign policy. Over 3000 Articles have been published on the subjects. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. More about him in 63 links at www.MikeGhouse.net and bulk of his writings are at TheGhousediary.com

Defending Islam - 
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/columnists/steve-blow/20100919-In-defense-of-Islam-pursuing-9397.ece




House Democrats Introduce Legislation Condemning Anti-Muslim Bigotry

We need to call our Republicans Congresspersons and urge them to co-sponsor the bill as well.  The issues are American, and we need to come together as Americans and solve our problems. I will call a few, and urge you, the reader to do your share, it is the right thing to do.

Mike Ghouse
Executive Director
American Muslim Institution.
Washington, DC

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 17, 2015

CONTACT:
Thomas Scanlon (Beyer)               (202) 225-4376
Matt Sonneborn (Kaptur)            (202) 225-4146
Benjamin Fritsch (Norton)           (202) 225-8050
Courtney Gidner (Crowley)         (202) 225-3965
Sam McCullough (McCollum)      (202) 225-6631
Dave Majumdar (Honda)              (202) 225-2631
Isaiah Kirshner-Breen (Ellison)   (202) 225-4755
Jessica Gail (Carson)                       (202) 225-4011

House Democrats Introduce Legislation Condemning Anti-Muslim Bigotry

December 17, 2015 (Washington, DC) – Following weeks of anti-Muslim bigotry and acts of hatred, Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC), Joe Crowley (D-NY), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Mike Honda (D-CA), Keith Ellison (D-MN), and Andr√© Carson (D-IN), along with 63 original cosponsors, introduced legislation condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslim-Americans.

“We must show that we will not tolerate this anti-Muslim discrimination and that those who propagate it do not represent the melting-pot America that we celebrate,”said Rep. Don Beyer.  “These harmful words eventually lead to the very acts of violence many came to our country to escape in the first place.  It’s time Congress stood up to condemn these attacks which run contrary to American values.”

America’s highest ideals include our protections for religious liberty and the celebration of our differences. It is a mistake to lump millions of peaceful, liberty-loving Muslim Americans together with the brutal zealots who are working continuously to hijack their faith,” said Rep. Marcy Kaptur.  “Anti-Muslim speeches and statements only serve to divide us and pit Americans against one another. Bigotry and the violence it perpetrates are not worthy of the legacy of generations who have fought and sacrificed to make America the nation that it is today.”

“As we see many Americans expressing their fears, their leaders at every level have a special obligation to lead,” Congresswoman Norton said.  “The concerns of the American people about terrorism in civil society after Paris and San Bernardino are understandable, but embracing Islamophobia as a way to cope with those fears is not only unacceptable, but dangerous.  The main purpose of terrorism is to provoke division.  Terrorists lose when, instead, we embrace our Muslim brothers and sisters.”

"The despicable rhetoric and violence on American Muslims is reprehensible and goes against everything this country stands for. Whether it’s a bomb threat on a mosque, a child bullied on a bus, or a slur painted on a building, hate is hate. And, each and every one of us has a duty as an American to speak out against discrimination and intolerance," said Rep. Joe Crowley, Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus. "I'm proud to join Congressman Beyer and my colleagues in introducing this resolution that sends a powerful message that the Congress stands behind our Muslim American communities and firmly against hate and intolerance."

“Muslim Americans are our friends, neighbors and colleagues.  Anti-Muslim rhetoric from our nation’s political candidates has damaging consequences for the lives of Muslim Americans,” said Rep. Betty McCollum.  “As elected officials, we must work to foster respect, civility and dignity towards all Americans and ensure that no citizen of our nation is persecuted or targeted because of their religious beliefs.”

“We must do everything we can to fight terrorism on all fronts, but we must take care not to give into bigotry, hate speech or tolerate hate crimes. Hateful rhetoric has real consequences. Every day, Muslim students, leaders and community members are threatened with violence—and some have been the victims of hate crimes,” said Rep. Mike Honda.  “Our country is better than this; we are a multiethnic, multi-religious, multicultural nation. Our diversity is what gives us strength—together with our respect for the Constitution, rule of law and the ideals of freedom that unites us. It is the responsibility of all to reject discrimination. I urge my colleagues in the House to support this resolution.”

“The United States was built by the belief in liberty, freedom, and equality for every person. These are the values we hold most dear – the truths we hold to be self-evident. When elected officials and political leaders build their platforms on hatred and bigotry, they do so at our country’s expense,” said Rep. Keith Ellison.  “Their rhetoric is not merely ignorant – it’s dangerous. And it is fundamentally un-American. Scapegoating a religious community shouldn’t be part of a candidate’s stump speech. Not in this country. This bill is a reminder to Americans of all faiths: the demagogues do not speak for everyone. That is not who we are.”

“The First Amendment safeguards our freedom to practice our faiths freely, but it does not give any person the right to cite religion in order to justify intolerance toward their fellow Americans,” said Rep. Andr√© Carson. “This holds true whether the victim of such intolerance is gay or straight, black or white, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or the member of any group.  Discrimination in any form is never acceptable anywhere in our country, which is why I am proud to help introduce this resolution which will help bring more attention to the harmful and ignorant acts that have been directed at Muslim Americans for far too long.”

The text of the House Resolution denouncing hate speech and hate crimes against Muslim-Americans follows:

Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.

Whereas the victims of anti-Muslim hate crimes and rhetoric have faced physical, verbal, and emotional abuse because they were Muslim or believed to be Muslim;

Whereas the constitutional right to freedom of religious practice is a cherished American value and violence or hate speech towards any American community based on their faith is in contravention of our founding principles;

Whereas there are millions of Muslims in the United States, a community made up of many diverse beliefs and cultures, and both immigrants and native-born Americans;

Whereas this Muslim community is recognized as having made innumerable contributions to the cultural and economic fabric and well-being of American society;

Whereas hateful and intolerant acts against Muslims are contrary to the American values of acceptance, welcoming, and fellowship with those of all faiths, beliefs, and cultures;

Whereas these acts affect not only the individual victims but also their families, communities, and the entire group whose faith or beliefs were the motivation for the act;

Whereas Muslim women who wear hijabs, headscarves, or other religious articles of clothing have been disproportionately targeted because of their religious clothing, articles, or observances;

Whereas the rise of hateful and anti-Muslim speech, violence, and cultural ignorance plays into the false narrative spread by terrorist groups of Western hatred of Islam, and can encourage certain individuals to react in extreme and violent ways;

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) Expresses its condolences for the victims of anti-Muslim hate crimes;

(2) Steadfastly confirms its dedication to the rights and dignity of all its citizens of all faiths, beliefs, and cultures;

(3) Denounces in the strongest terms the increase of intimidation, violence, vandalism, arson, and other hate crimes targeted against mosques, Muslims or those perceived to be Muslim;

(4) Recognizes that the Muslim community in the United States has made countless positive contributions to our society;

(5) Declares that the civil rights and civil liberties of all United States citizens, including Muslims in the United States, should be protected and preserved;

(6) Urges local and Federal law enforcement authorities to work to prevent hate crimes; and to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law those perpetrators of hate crimes; and  

(7) Reaffirms the inalienable right of every citizen to live without fear and intimidation, and to practice their freedom of faith.

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