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Interfaith Speaker Mike Ghouse - Topics - CV

AS BEAUTY IS IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER
FAITH IS IN THE HEART OF THE BELIEVER.

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Mike Ghouse is an interfaith Speaker, thinker, futurist, writer, organizer and an activist committed to building cohesive societies with a firm belief that the purpose of religion is to bring harmony to an individual within and create a balance with what surrounds; life and matter. If we can learn to respect and accept everywhich way people have come to worship the creator, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.

God has not signed a deal with any religious group behind our backs, if we were to ascribe him that quality, then who wants a sneaky God like that?  Indeed, the creator God is like a mother; compassionate, kind, affectionate and all loving. He wants all of his creation to get along with each other and figure out a way to co-exist in harmony. His love for his creation produces a peace maker in every affected group to restore the social order. He has given wisdom to those peacemakers in for the form of revelations. When Jesus says "follow me", or Krishna says, "surrender to me" or Allah says, "submit to my will" and other peacemakers have said similar things, they mean; follow the path to create a peaceful kingdom where no one has to live in apprehension of the other.

Religion is about humility and not arrogance. We are not ready for this sea change at least for another generation, but as a futurist, I predict that America would lead the religious dynamics to its new heights when many of us would be declaring,  "My religion is beautiful to me as yours is to you; my religion brings solace to me as yours to you, you enjoy your well done steak and I'll enjoy my medium rare, indeed both of us will receive our pleasures,  and now I hereby proclaim that my religion is not superior or inferior to any, it is another pathway to find peace." I thank God for giving me the Guidance to proclaim that as far back as 1996. To claim my faith is superior is sheer arrogance, indeed greater the arrogance lower the spirituality and vice-versa. Here is a formula for you; Spirituality and arrogance are inversely proportional to each other.


God has intentionally created diversity; each one of us has a unique identity with our own thumb print, eye print, DNA and other uniqueness. If we can learn to respect and accept the God given uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge. God in Quraan makes it absolutely clear that no one is to judge the other in matters of faith, only he, he alone is the judge and not today, but on an elusive Day of Judgment. 

Mike is a frequent guest on Fox News, (The Hannity Show), and has been interviewed on nationally syndicated Radio shows along with Dallas TV, Print and Radio networks and occasional interviews on NPR. He is a member of the Texas Faith panel of Dallas Morning News and writes on issues facing the nation every week.  He has spoken at international forums including the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, in Melbourne, Australia, Middle East Peace Initiative, in Jerusalem, the International Leadership conference, in Hawaii, and in Washington.

The Foundation for Pluralism champions the idea of co-existence by respecting and accepting the otherness of those different from ourselves. The World Muslim Congress is committed to nurturing the pluralistic ideals embedded in Islam. Heavily involved in both, Mike Ghouse is committed to building cohesive societies and has produced outstanding public events to bring Americans together of different religions, ethnicities and races on common grounds of building a safe and secure America.

Mike is a speaker, thinker, collaborator and a writer on the subjects of Pluralism, the Interfaith Movement, Cohesive Societies, Islam, India, Hope and World Peace. Over 1000 of his articles have been published worldwide and two books are poised to be released this summer. His work is reflected in 4 websites and 27 Blogs indexed at http://www.mikeghouse.net

Concerned by the divisiveness, he saw the need to bring Americans together and founded America Together Foundation committed to building a cohesive America, indeed it is in response to ACT America which is bent on pitching one American against the other. We will be holding series of educational programs, conferences and workshops to address the issues that divide us such as Civil Right, GLBT, Quraan, Abortion, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Racial Profiling and Stereotyping.

God loves his creation and does not exclude any one from his mercy and kindness and adds that he has sent a peace maker, messenger or a prophet to every tribe and nation, indeed no one is deprived of his love.  

Mike's Mission is to work for a world of co-existence through inclusiveness and participation. Our efforts need to be directed towards justice and equity to attain peace for the humankind with a firm grounding in commonly held values. We cannot have advantages at the cost of others. Such benefits are temporary and deleterious to lasting peace. We believe what is good for us has got to be good for the world, and vice versa, to sustain it.


Religious Tolerance in Action. http://www.dallasnews.com/religion/stories/122703dnrelconnect.ed78.html

4:07 PM CST on Friday, December 26, 2003
By MARY A. JACOBS / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News

During the holiday season, most people only wish for peace on earth and goodwill toward men. But Mike Ghouse has already rolled up his sleeves and gotten to work on it.

Mr. Ghouse hosts "The Multi-Faith Radio Program" weekdays at 6 a.m. on KBIS-AM (1150) and KYNG-AM (950). Each day, he interviews a guest from a local religious community, with the goal of helping his listeners learn to "cherish and respect every which way people have to come to praise and worship the divinity."

He's also a frequent visitor at gatherings hosted by the various faith communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and founder of the Foundation for Pluralism. He writes prolifically on his Web site (www.MikeGhouse.net) about religious tolerance and understanding different religions.

"I don't see any conflict worshipping God in different ways," he said. "I'm comfortable in a church or a temple or a mosque."

Dr. Judie Arkow, executive director of the Interfaith Center of DFW and a frequent guest on the show, said, "Mike believes as I do, that it's entirely possible to bring peace to the world, by chunking away at it one piece at a time."

A series of childhood experiences spurred that conviction. Mr. Ghouse's father was mayor of Yelahanka, near Bangalore, India. He frequently brought his son to gatherings for various faith groups – Muslim, Hindu, Christian and others. Mr. Ghouse also witnessed incidents where his father defused potentially violent conflicts between different religious groups.

Mr. Ghouse was raised in a Muslim family, but calls himself a Multifaith person. His wife is a Muslim, his daughter is a Baptist, and his son is wavering between becoming a Bahá'í or a Hindu.

All of which is fine with Mr. Ghouse.

"I look at it this way," he said. "You like apple pie, I like peach cobbler. You can enjoy your favorite dessert and I can enjoy mine. It's the same thing with how you choose to worship God.

"If I hate Hindus, then I'm the one who is suffering, not them."

By appreciating the goodness in all religions, Mr. Ghouse believes, differences lose their power to divide.

A mortgage loan officer by trade, Mr. Ghouse once worked 16-20 hours a day at his job until about eight years ago, when his 8-year-old son asked him, "Why do you work for so many hours? I don't need your money. I want your time."

Mr. Ghouse cut back on his work schedule. Now, he's still just as busy – he sleeps only five hours a night – but most of his time is devoted to projects he's passionate about, including his interfaith work, his family, and the North Texas Cricket Association, which he spearheaded to promote the sport locally.

"This is a man with a good brain and a soft heart," Dr. Arkow said. "I think that's what drives him."

Mary A. Jacobs, a Dallas free-lance writer, can be reached by e-mail at maryjacobs@aol.com.

DETAILS: Mike Ghouse's Multifaith Radio will run a two-hour special at 6 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday featuring representatives from each of the nine major world religions.  


Pluralist Mike Ghouse sees opportunity for faith discussion after Holocaust Museum shooting.

 

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-ghouse_14met.ART.East.Edition1.50e0b73.html

 

By DIANNE SOLÍS / The Dallas Morning News
dsolis@dallasnews.com

Carrollton resident Mike Ghouse was horrified when he heard last week that a security guard had been shot to death at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Mike Ghouse discusses interfaith tolerance and under- standing online and on air.

"I thought, 'Why do people have hate?' " said Ghouse, who 15 years ago founded the Foundation for Pluralism. "That was my first response."

The 57-year-old homebuilder and property manager sees the tragedy as a way for people to discuss their separate faiths, to forge understanding and to defuse religious tensions. His foundation's mission is to embrace the ecumenical ways of the world.

"There is not a faith we haven't covered," he says.

Ghouse is a Muslim who originally emigrated from the Bangalore area of India about 30 years ago.

"I will never claim my faith is superior to others," he said. "Every faith is beautiful to me. The inability to accept the differences of others causes conflict."

Ghouse is a frequent-flier in cyberspace, and many of his commentaries on ecumenical respect can be found at www.mikeghouse.net , on Facebook and on Twitter. The multilingual Ghouse also started talk shows on the radio geared toward the Diaspora from India and Pakistan. And when weekend worship comes, Ghouse visits services at Muslim mosques, Hindu temples, Jewish synagogues and Catholic churches.

His own daughter was so swept up by her father's pluralism that she became a Baptist.


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

By Steve Blow sblow@dallasnews.com
Published 19 September 2010 02:28 AM
 
Over and over you hear it said: If Muslims oppose terrorism, why don't they stand up and say it?

If that has been you, Mike Ghouse ought to be your hero.

It is hard to imagine that anyone has worked harder than the Carrollton resident to demonstrate the peaceful and moderate side of Islam.

And that effort includes personally visiting Dallas' First Baptist Church last Sunday just to put a friendly face on the "evil, evil religion" that the Rev. Robert Jeffress denounced a few weeks before.

"It was wonderful," Ghouse said of the visit. "We were so warmly received."

He hopes a quick chat with Jeffress will be the start of deeper discussion about Islam and the importance of respect between religions.

"I want to have a dialogue with him, not to say he is wrong but to share another point of view," Ghouse said.

The 57-year-old Muslim was born in India and has lived in the United States for 30 years. He owns a small property management firm. But most of his day is devoted to building bridges between people of different faiths.

"It is my passion," he said in his distinctive raspy voice.

He has been a guest a dozen times on Sean Hannity's TV and radio talk shows. "I don't like the way Sean cuts me off, but I have to honor him for giving the American public a semblance of another point of view."

Ghouse said he can understand fear and criticism of Islam because he went through a time of similar feelings. As a teen, he was troubled by passages of the Quran. He called himself an atheist for a while.

But he said deeper study led him to realize the Quran had been purposely mistranslated down through history.

In the Middle Ages, European leaders commissioned a hostile Quran translation to foster warfare against Muslim invaders.

Later, Muslim leaders produced another translation to inflame Muslims against Christians and Jews.

"It was all for politics," he said.

Ghouse said he hopes to present Jeffress with a modern, faithful translation and challenge him to find evil verses.

"If he can, I will convert. I will join his church," Ghouse said. "If he can't, I will call on him to retract his statements and become a peacemaker."

Ghouse acknowledges that deep problems persist within Islam. "Three steps forward, two steps back," he said with a sigh.

And he agrees that mainstream Muslims have not done enough to counter violent images of their faith.

"That is very true," he said. "But part of it is that many Muslims have given up hope that we will ever be heard."

He said repeated denunciations of terrorism seem to fall on deaf ears.

And some efforts have backfired - like the proposed Islamic information center in New York. He said it should be hailed for furthering the moderate Muslim cause.

Instead, it has deepened hostility toward Muslims.

I have been astounded by the amount of anti-Islam propaganda that circulates via e-mail. Tons of it has come my way in the last few weeks.

One theme is that people like Mike Ghouse can't be trusted, that Islam encourages deception.

But Ghouse says actions speak louder than words. And he points to elections in Muslim nations.

More than half of Muslims live in countries with some degree of democracy. And time and time again, Islamist parties are overwhelmingly rejected in favor of secular, mainstream parties.

"The religious parties don't get more than 3 percent of the vote," Ghouse said.

Polls show deep mistrust of Muslims. "But the most important question in those surveys is: 'Do you know anything about Islam?' " Ghouse said. "Most people say no."

What keeps him going is faith in Americans, he said.

"The majority of Americans, if they know the truth, they will change their minds."
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M
ike Ghouse is a speaker, writer, thinker, futurist and an activist of Pluralism, Islam, India and Civil Societies passionately offering pluralistic solutions on issues of the day.

He is a commentator at Fox News on the Hannity show, nationally syndicated Radio shows along with Dallas TV, Print and Radio networks and occasional interviews on NPR.  He has spoken at international forums including the Parliament of Worlds Religions in Melbourne, Middle East Peace initiative in Jerusalem, International Leadership conference in Hawaii, Washington and elsewhere.

Concerned by the divisiveness, he saw the need to bring Americans together and founded America Together Foundation committed to building a cohesive America, indeed it is in response to ACT America which is bent on pitching one American against the other.  We will be holding series of educational programs, conferences and workshops to address the issues that divide us such as Civil Right, GLBT, Quraan, Abortion, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Racial Profiling and Stereotyping.

The Annual Unity Day USA is in its 7th year now, it is a purposeful event to bring Americans together, on this Unity Day, we the people of the United States of America of every faith, race, ethnicity, culture and background will gather to express our commitment to co-existence, unity, prosperity and wellbeing of our nation.  

Thanksgiving Celebration is in its 15th year showcasing cultural diversity.

The 5th Annual Reflections on Holocaust and Genocides is to learn and to acknowledge and reflect upon the terrible things we have inflicted upon each other and commit to avert such tragedies.  Through this event non-Jewish people have consciously learned about Holocaust for the first time, it was also for the first time that people of 14 faiths came together to join in to commemorate the Holocaust that commemorated within the Jewish Community for years. They are not alone anymore in their anguish, we are all in it together with them, and it is a Muslim initiative to effect a positive change.

The programs, seminars and workshops conducted by the Foundation for Pluralism have become a part of the America Together Foundation. While the Foundation for Pluralism continues championing the idea of co-existence through respecting and accepting the otherness of other, the commitment to nurturing the pluralistic ideals embedded in Islam through the World Muslim Congress continues.

Two books will be released this year; The American Muslim Agenda and My Journey to Pluralism.

Mike has written over 1000 Articles on Pluralism, Islam, India, Peace & Justice and civil societies published in a wide spectrum of Newspapers and Magazines around the world.

Locally, he is a panelist at Dallas Morning News's and writes weekly on a range of issues facing the nation. Washington Post, Huffington Post and other news papers and sites regularly publish his work.  

Mike is available to speak on Pluralism, Islam, Civil Societies, and Peace & Justice at your place of worship, school, work place, seminars, workshops or conferences. His work is reflected at three websites & twenty two Blogs listed at http://www.MikeGhouse.net/



DETAILS

Mike is an organizer of events, conferences, workshops and lectures to impart the values of pluralism at work, places of worship and the society at large, He is a conflict mitigater and a goodwill nurturer and believes that by learning to respect the otherness of others and accepting the God given uniqueness of each one of the seven billion of us, conflicts fade and solutions emerge.

He has dedicated his time to work with the leadership in offering insights and solutions to effectively managing the multi-religious, multi-ethnic, and multicultural societies.

Pluralistic solutions have the power to sustain and take us into the next century with relative security, peace and prosperity. We cannot have peace and security when we do injustice to others.

ORGANIZER

Mike Presides the
Foundation for Pluralism championing the idea of co-existence through respecting and accepting the otherness of other; he is committed to nurturing the pluralistic ideals embedded in Islam through the World Muslim Congress; a board member of the Dallas Peace Center and an Ambassador for peace with the Universal Peace Federation Mike was also one of the founding board members of the Memnosyne Foundation, as well as former commissioner at the City of Carrollton.  

INITIATOR

The following events were initiated, organized and established with the theme of bringing diverse people together to learn and to know about each other.

Annual reflections on
Holocaust and Genocides since 2007;
The mission is to create awareness of the inhumanity in us and find solutions for peaceful co-existence.
Mike believes that, "we cannot be safe, unless others around us are not" ( ADD LINKS - TJP - DMN 2009 - DMN 2006 - Survivors-Jewish Post - Fox TV )

The annual Unity Day USA took root in 2005, on this Unity Day USA, we the people of the United States of America of every faith, race, ethnicity, culture and background will gather to express our commitment to co-existence, Unity, safety, prosperity and well being of our nation with liberty and justice for all. 

The Annual Thanksgiving Celebrations began in 1993 to bring immigrant, indigenous and born Americans together. The purpose of celebrating this event is to give thanks to the creator for the blessings of precious life while enjoying the cultural heritage of each ethnic group.  

EDUCATOR

"Wisdom of Religion" - all the beautiful religions of the world was an hourly Radio talk show broadcasted daily.  Over 700 hours of educational programming was relayed learning about religious, humanistic and the pluralistic traditions. 

"Festivals of the World" was a weekly Radio program on Saturdays, where the essence of every festival was shared, so we all can have an idea of how other people celebrate or commemorate their holidays. (more on right panel)  

Workshops titled “Understanding Religion – every beautiful religion” were conducted for two years.  

Mike's purposeful presence in the media is to foster critical thinking.  He is blessed to have been given the time on national and local TV, Radio and Print medium to share pluralistic solutions on the issues of the day.

MEDIA RELATIONS

Mike has appeared on Public Television, Fox News, CNN, ABC, NBC and other channels and has been on NPR, KERA, KRLD, WBAP, Progressive Radio and several other Radio talk shows. The theme is for people to see and value a moderate point of view.

MODERATOR

Mike moderates several discussion groups numbering nearly 6,000 members, among them are the Foundation for Pluralism, World Muslim Congress, Dallas Indians and other groups.

Facebook has earned him nearly 4500 friends discussing issues that face us daily.

The Journal of pluralism reaches over 31,000 people around the world.

He was a Commissioner at the City of Carrollton


 


STANDING UP FOR OTHERS - Link

Serving blindly was a clarion call by his Grand father and regularly reinforced by spiritual leaders from across the spectrum of religions and traditions. Mike feels blessed that God has created a speck of a space for him to fulfill that mission.

Mike has stood up and spoke for I
mmigration reforms at Farmers Branch and Downtown Dallas. He has participated in the Gaza Rally  and moderated the Interfaith Prayers for Goodwill in Gaza and has deplored the rockets into Israel. Joined in the organizations for Darfur and speaks up against the and persecution of minorities, He will stand up with Jews, Gays & Lesbian and the Mexican immigrants in a rally against them in Dallas.

He was involved in the cause of
persecuted in Japan, spoke out against the destruction of a Church in Jakarta; a ban on Hindu festival in Italy; desecration of a Hindu temple in Malaysia, Moscow, Trinidad, Lahore and other places. Spoke out against the suffrage of the Kashmiri Pundits, the massacre of Muslims in Gujarat, the burning of Hindus in Godhra, burning of Godhra and rape of Nuns in India. The forced conversions of Hindu in Pakistan and the harassment of Dalits and Christians in India. Please note these are the representative items and by all means not all. Mike also joins with Native Americans in their quest for a Heritage day to celebrate their contribution to America. 

Mike has condemned the
vandalism at Holocaust Museum, spoke out against anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and consistently fights the anti-Ahmadiyya prejudices, He made a painful acknowledgement of the atrocities we commit in different names.

He feels blessed to have the ability to touch every one of the human beings and partnering with each of the religious traditions, He has done a Radio Program on each on every one, each one at least 25 times and few over 100 times and has presented workshops on each one of them. In six Unity day events, three Holocaust and Genocide event and over ten thanksgiving celebrations and host of other events, he has painstakingly brought every one together.  

Links will be added

  • Atheists - Inclusive 

  • Bahais - Iran,

  • Buddhist - Burma,

  • Christians - Indonesia, India,

  • Hindu - Moscow, Trinidad, Kuala Lumpur,

  • Jain - Dept,

  • Jew - Iran, Dallas, DC, Texas

  • Muslim - France, England, India, America

  • Pagans - Saudi Arabia

  • Sikhs - Afghanistan, Pakistan, France,

  • Wicca - Arlington, Unity Day

  • Zoroastrian - Farvahar, Iran,







 


FESTIVALS OF THE WORLD

As a part of education Mike continues to write about the essence of festivals from several religions and traditions, so we can connect with the other people.

OPPORTUNITIES

God showers opportunities on him to share the message of Pluralism with the media every month on one channel or the other. Mike was on Sean Hannity show in April, it's a funny Story (Link1). In December he was on the on Australian TV and in January he was National Public Radio between 3-4 pm on Monday. Link

Mike was short listed to go as a special envoy representing the Department of State to the Organizations of Islamic countries. Mike has been on the national and local TV, Radio and Newsprint and has been a speaker at the international forums. (TOI)

Mike's first community service work started when he was 14, organizing a fund for burial of the poor people, interestingly we called it the burial committee.

The theme of conflict mitigation and goodwill nurturance is consistent in his speeches, writings, events and workshops he manages. He is committed to peace and balance.

COMMITMENT TO PEACE

Mike consciously chooses his words and actions to reduce conflicts and nurture goodwill amongst people of different affiliations. He walks the middle path and gets to work with the right wingers as well as the ultra-left. His work for peace and co-existence is reflected through the workshops, radio shows, speeches, discussion forums and writings.

ON CREATION AND RELIGION

  1. that something caused our existence; those who are religiously oriented, generally call that causer the God, and others simply call it the logic of creation.

  2. that regardless of evolution, creation or the big bang theory, we exist and that is a fact;

  3. that universe is broadly composed of life and matter;

  4. that matter was created with a built-in balance-seeking mechanism, while humans (life) were created (caused) with the capacity to think and bestowed with a free will to find their own balance and harmony;

  5. that there is accountability for everything we do, every transaction of life has a giver and a receiver ultimately ending in a balance. If the balance is not witnessed in one's life time, religiously oriented people believe the creator God will make it happen in the imaginary here after or will happen with the idea of reincarnation. Remember humans seek balance.

  6. that the creator loves his (her or its) creation just like the mother loves her children and has guided the creation through peace makers, prophets and the messengers to guide tem to co-exist in harmony. 

  7. that the causer, creator, sustainer is not definable, not imaginable and not reducible to definitive entity as it is different for each one of us. Diversity in nature and human life was intentional, among humanoids we have accepted 7 billion unique thumb prints, unique DNA and it is time we honor the uniqueness of beliefs as well.

Mike states that the purpose of religion is to bring spiritual balance to one and balance with what surrounds him or her. A good Hindu is a good Muslim and a good Muslim is a good Jew, a good Atheist is a good Christian...  the bottom line of religion is to facilitate co-existence and harmony.

That the purpose of all faiths is to spiritually connect the humans with the divine, simply meaning understanding existence, the beginning and the end and be in tune with the universal energy. This brings peace of mind [release from misery] to the individuals and order in the society.

He strongly support the goodness of each Religion. The political motivations have deliberately ascribed the wrongs of the world to religions, it is his commitment to identify the individuals responsible for it and uphold honor of each faith.

"To be religious is to be a peace maker, one who mitigates conflicts and nurtures goodwill."

DIVERSITY

As the stars in the universe are unique and as each snow flake is different, we are blessed with similar uniqueness. There are nearly seven billion of us and each one of has a different thumb print and an unique DNA combination which we accept, we need to extend that to our belief as well. Let there be seven billion beliefs, let's learn to accept that as we do with the thumb print and let the otherness of other be not a source of conflict. Diversity is intentional and beautiful.

CONFLICTS

There are three sacred elements that nestle a human being; one’s space, sustenance and nurturance, messing which will create real conflicts. All else is dialogue-able and not the real conflict.

MEDIATOR

Mike is blessed to have been a mediator for many a community and family conflicts - a few of them are doing remarkably well.

FREEDOM 

Mike considers himself to be  “ a free person ” and enjoys the God given boundlessness of his life. God has blessed him with a mind that simply does not allow any prejudice to crawl into his heart towards fellow humans. "This is the wealth we will find in our discoveries of truth,  Zero prejudice brings Salvation, Mukti, Nirvana, Moksha or Nijaat; it is indeed true freedom, try it, it is priceless."

HIS FAITH

"I believe, each one of us is created by the same creative process, with a singular source [GOD] for such creation.  I believe that respecting each one of its creations is the best form of praising, worshipping and honoring that creator. I believe knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance and appreciation of people with a different point of view.  If we can learn to accept and respect the God given uniqueness to each one of the 6 billion of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge."

"I have freed my God from religious confinement and believe that the divine's presence belongs to every one, and he/she/it is everywhere. I see God's greatness in every which way and in every place of worship. I don't like to lock up God in any singular spot or limit him into a form. No one owns Jesus, Krishna or Mohamed: "Ram is not the property of Hindu's, he belongs to all, Christians don't own Jesus, and Mohammed and his message belongs to all". I feel that none of us should bottle up the great teachers into small cells, their teachings are universal and they belong to all. "Don't let prejudice stop you from learning all the good you can learn from all religious teachers”. I believe Learning about other faiths simply enhances one’s search for the truth."

"I am a Muslim and blessed to be one and I pray every one feels the same about his or her individual faith. My faith connects me with my Creator and answers the purpose of life, death, accountability and results. The Islam I know  is what the majority of Muslims practice around the world, it is universal, all embracing and pluralistic. I relate with every faith and see the same essence and beauty in them as I see in Islam. I am comfortable with every beautiful way people have come to worship the divine.  We do not have to undermine other faiths to make our faith better, faith is beyond comparisons. Faith brings humility to oneself and not arrogance."

"I believe that the connection with the Creator is inversely proportional to the ego. Greater the ego, (arrogance); lesser the connection. On the other hand, greater the humility, greater the spirituality. I am grateful to that the creator has helped me learn to respect and honor all faiths, and my faith teaches me never to denigrate other beliefs.  Islam is my path and am honored to travel on it."

As beauty is in they eyes of the beholder, Mike says "religion is in the heart of the believer." Each faith is beautiful to the believer and we should honor that.

To be a Muslim is to be a peacemaker, one who seeks to mitigate conflicts and nurtures goodwill for peaceful co-existence. God wants us to live in peace and harmony with his creation;  that is indeed the purpose of religion, any religion.

"I honor cherish and respect every which way people have come to praise and worship the almighty, including but not limited to the Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Judaism, Sikh, Wicca, Zoroastrian and several indigenous systems of belief. I am committed  to defend the divinity of every faith with no exception and it is in no conflict with my faith, which is Islam."

Mike's chosen path is
Islam and here he summarizes about Islam in a few pages:

MIKE GHOUSE, THE NAME

A few people from the subcontinent of India are conditioned to think a certain way about names of the individual. My Name is Mike Ghouse

RELATIONSHIPS

Mike has been exposed to and has been a part of many a World Cultures, and has developed the sensitivities and skills to understand and appreciate the uniqueness of each individual. No matter where you are from, you'll feel right at home with him. His inclination to provide thorough information and facilitate decision-making is appreciated by the people he serve in his business.


MIKE'S MEDIA INITIATIVES

Mike hosted a Radio program called "Wisdom of Religion, all the beautiful religions" from 2004-2006, where he explored the essence of every faith as well as Atheism and the natured based traditions like Wicca. Over 100 hours of learning was presented with experts, pastors, Rabbis, Imams and Pundits from every tradition.

As a hobby Mike initiated the Radio Programs for the Asian Americans in 1993 which has blossomed into two Desi Radio Stations in Dallas; Fun Asia Radio and  the Salaam Namaste Radio. Mike is perhaps the first Asian American Radio talk show host in Texas and the microphones was open to all points of view. He believed if a nation has to make a decision on any issue, all points of view must be heard, no matter how liberal or conservative they may be. 

Mike also published a News paper called Asian News, which was renamed as Asian American Journal from 1993- 2000, it was a journal of the Subcontinentians, i.e., the people of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

OFFICE ADDRESS
2665 Villa Creek Dr, Suite 206
Dallas, TX 75234 - USA
(214) 325-1916


WISDOM OF RELIGION - RADIO PROGRAM (2004-06)

Learn the wisdom of all the beautiful religions of the World. It is broadcasted on weekdays at 6:00 AM  on AM Radio 1150 KBIS in Dallas/Fort Worth and world wide you can log onto www.RadioSuno.com.

More about Foundation please navigate to Foundation on the website www.mikeghouse.net . A website is in the making called www.FoundationforPluralism.com. All ideas are welcome.

The Program will celebrate its' first anniversary at the end of July 2004. This program was however commenced in August of 1995 in 15 minutes segments on the Saturdays. Now we will be completing one full year with one hour program each. In this period of time we have done 52 Hours of Each - Christianity, Hinduism and Islam = 156 Hours & 12 Hours each of Baha'i, Buddhist, Jain, Jewish, Sikh, Zoroaster and interfaith = 7 x 12 = 84 Hours + 9 Hours of general conversation. I.e., a total of 259 Hours of wisdom of Religion. I missed 1 hour in the entire year.

Monday  Christianity   
Tuesday

Jainism - 1st Tue
Judaism - 2nd Tue
Baha'i - 3rd Tue
Buddhism - 4th Tue
Open

Wednesday Sikhism - 1st Wed
Zoroastrianism - 2nd
Interfaith - 3rd
Open - 4th Wed
Open
Thursday  Hinduism
Friday  Islam

The following schedule gives the specific dates.
http://www.mikeghouse.net/Calendar-WisdomofReligion.htm

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Mike Ghouse is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions to media and to the public on important and complex issues of the day and is available to speak in a variety of settings such as schools, seminars, conferences, and places of worship, or the work place. (Sharing live pictorial experience, continued below)

 


EVENT ALBUMS

 Unity Day USA 2009

 Unity Day USA 2008
 
Unity Day USA 2006
 
Unity Day USA 2005

 Holocaust & Geno 2010
 
Holocaust & Geno 2009
 
Holocaust & Geno 2007


INSPIRATION

The lives of Prophet Mohammad, Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus Christ, Mother Theresa, Gautama Buddha, Krishna, Guru Nanak, Martin Luther King Jr., father Abdul Rahman, mother Khairun Nisa and maternal grand father Shaikh Hussain have profoundly inspired Mike. President Obama is becoming a Mentor as well, as he connects with him and his thought process. 

"My kids Jeff and Jazzie have excited me with their fresh perspectives on life and God. All my inspirers have frequently helped me see the world from another point of view, i.e., respecting all creation and "live and let live" point of view.  My intuitive pluralism and ZERO prejudice has it's origins in Islam, Hinduism, Jainism and Christianity, many consider me to be a Baha'i. I was pleased to hear some one called me a Jew as well and I have been said by people of different faiths that I belong to them. Thanks to my  father for unlocking me from a singular cell and opening multiple windows of knowledge for me."




 

 


 

 

Americans Together: Atheists to Zoroastrians

IF WE CAN LEARN TO RESPECT THE OTHERNESS OF OTHER
THEN CONFLICTS FADE AND SOLUTIONS EMERGE

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Each picture below will tell a short purposeful story and connect, move and prompt action at least in your thoughts to begin with. Here below, God willing, I intend to share at least 25 personal stories in working and building cohesive societies. Thank you for visiting.

ANNUAL REFLECTIONS ON HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDES

It is our duty, a moral obligation to acknowledge the pain and suffering of all people. There is a shameless cruelty in us, either we shy away or some times refuse to acknowledge the sufferings of others.

To all those, who have endured holocaust, genocides, massacres, bombs, annihilation, land mines, hunger, rape, torture, occupation and inhuman brutality, we 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. We have begun the process of coming together as one people, to stand with you, we are indeed one world and a single humanity, and caring for each other brings safety and peace to all of us. 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.

INTERFAITH EXPERIMENT; STANDING IN OTHERS SHOES

39 Individuals were called in from audience to form 13 groups of 4 each. The groups were given a statement, verse or the wisdom (atheism) of each faith they represented randomly. No person was assigned his or her own religion but religions were assigned by drawing. Every group was to read and share their understanding of that religion, the idea was to stand in others shoes, and it was one of the most successful experiments in religion. Each one of the participant loved being a Jew, Zoroastrian, a Hindu, a Christian, Muslim or the other. When we read the book for real and not go by hearsay, our hearts and minds will open up to the wisdom of every religion, thus learning about each other first hand fades the conflicts fade and paves the way for solution. (Speech)

 

FOX NEWS, MIKE GHOUSE, A FREQUENT GUEST ON SEAN HANNITY SHOW

Fox News has earned a reputation for their right wing take on issues and is committed to propagate stereo types. Sean Hannity is no exception with the exception that he has a sense of responsibility in sharing at least a semblance of another point of view. Despite the criticism from Muslims and Non-Muslims he has made a sincere effort and we must appreciate that.  I do not get to share all that I wanted to, but thank God I was able to get at least few key points out. When I jumped on Robert Spencer, Brigitte Gabriel, Pamela Geller, David Horowitz. Walid Shoebet, Wafa Sultan and others to tell the truth to the Americans, I got many appreciation notes while the right wing Muslims slaughtered me and a few actually were wishing I get cut off from the Show. I am committed to build a cohesive America and will do every thing I can to nurture goodwill and move forward.

HISTORIC NEW FEAT IN INTERFAITH BUILDING: THE QURAAN CONFERENCE

This was a historic conference; it has never been done in the history of the world, where “troublesome” verses from Quraan were explained by non-Muslim clergy. Myths are manufactured about Quraan without any substantiation; it is an old business of maligning others to have a gain. The purpose of this conference was to remove such myths in an open public forum and restore the cohesiveness of our society to build a safe and secure America. With the audience participation, we narrowed down “60 troublesome verses” down to “10”. Ten clergy from faiths other than Islam read, and explained the verses while the Imams were there as observer, this has Details are in the link Qur’aan Conference

MIKE GHOUSE ADDRESSING THE IMMIGRATION RALLY DOWN TOWN DALLAS

I am standing here today as an immigrant because some one gave up his life to bring civil rights to America and it was this singular act that caused all of us immigrants to be here in America to enrich our nation. If you cannot stand up for the rights of others, why should any one stand up for you?  (full speech on you tube)

INTERFAITH EXPERIMENTS; PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF RELIGIONS

Religious leaders representing different religions were asked to share about their religion in three sentences, then towards the end of the program audience was randomly given to read (other than their own religion) a 100 word summary of each one of the religions. It was an eye opener for the people to see the difference in what the media and the politicians say, and the holy books of the respective religions say. You have to read it yourselves the whole paragraph or chapter and not a sentence to get a fuller picture.

PASTOR ROBERT JEFFRESS CHALLENGED TO FIND THE TRUTH

Pastor Robert Jeffress of Dallas (unfortunately representing the First Baptist Church of Dallas) called Quraan an evil book written by a false prophet, his congregants rewarded him with a standing ovation. However it cannot be the church doctrine, it was his individual take.  Mike visited the pastor to offer the right translation of the Quraan so he can find the truth and share with his congregation. It was followed by interviews on Local Fox News and NBC channels, followed by Dallas Morning News exchanges leading to Quraan Conference to demystify the myths. Mike’s challenge to the Pastor was to “find me three verses in Quraan that are evil, and if you do, I will join your ministry.” The pastor has blown the opportunity to harvest the poor souls; he chickened out from holding the conversation on his turf in his church. Details, videos and write up at www.QuraanConference.com

INTERFAITH INITIATIVES, PLURALISM PRAYERS IN CITY OF CARROLLTON

Carrollton is one city where the tradition of Pluralism has gained roots, Mike Ghouse opens the council meeting with a wish/ prayers, it is an all inclusive prayer where no citizen of Carrollton feels left out including those who do not subscribe to the idea of God that most of us do.  The Mayors Becky Miller and Ron Branson and the Council members have been graceful hosts to the prayers. If we want every one of the residents to live without apprehension of the other, we have to build cohesive societies.

INTERFAITH RADIO, WISDOM OF ALL THE BEAUTIFUL RELIGIONS

At the conclusion of two years of the daily Radio program called “wisdom of religions all the beautiful religions", where both Atheism and Pluralism were included, a handbook of Religion was released in 2005. Over the period of two years we read the Bible, Torah, Quraan, Bhagvad Gita and the other holy books. I will talk about the program in my speeches; it is thrilling to know that we all seek truth in our own ways. Finding the truth is our own responsibility.

INTERFAITH SOLIDARITY; STANDING UP WITH JEWS, GLBT & IMMIGRANTS

When Pastor Fred Phelps demonstrated his hate messages against Jews, Catholics (Mexicans) and GLBT in Dallas. Mike stood up with the Jews, Immigrants and the GLBT groups and joined them in most places of demonstrations; Holocaust Museum, Synagogues, Texas Jewish Post and Akiba Academy. Mike led the pluralism prayers every place and at the Museum he gathered the Holocaust survivors together and prayed for the safety and well being of everyone, the haters and the hated. Why should we stand up for others? Check out http://www.mikeghouse.net/Standing.up.for.others.asp

NTERFAITH SOLIDARITY;  STANDING UP FOR GAZA 

We have to stand up for the rights of all people, joined in at the Gaza Rally protesting the killing of Gazans and led the Pluralism Prayer for the wellbeing of the people of Gaza and Israel at North Haven United Methodist Church. Love and Prayers are the positive energies that prevent your heart from contamination of ill-will, malice, hate and prejudice. We have to be blind when it comes to justice and not appease or pander to any one.

ARAB IMAMS ON AN INTERFAITH JOURNEY

I thank God for presenting limitless opportunities to talk about the Pluralistic values embedded in Islam and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) being an interfaith dialoguer. I have been a small part of the interfaith dialogue movement in Saudi Arabia, which began in 2003 in Dallas. In 2010 about twelve Arab Imams visited Dallas and I hosted the luncheon to talk about Interfaith in Islam. I can sum this up in one sentence, “those imams were ahead of us in pluralism in Islam, for every sentence I uttered, they produced Prophets Sayings and verses from Quraan.” God willing one major good is going to come out of it; stopping the printing and distribution of mistranslated Quraan by Muslims; Al-Hilali translation.

INTERFAITH SHOWS; A SKIT ABOUT STEREOTYPING

The GLBT Coalition of Dallas led by Turtle Creek Chorale put together a program at Myerson Symphony Hall to share the effects of stereotyping on societies. A skit on stereotyping it was played out for two nights. In the pic are Reem and I representing Muslims, Ms. Madono Dallas City Council woman representing Hispanics and a gentleman representing the African American experience? I am blessed to participate and appreciate the embrace from every community of Dallas. We have to create a society where we learn to know about each other, with that conflicts fade and solutions emerge. 

MIKE GHOUSE HONORED AS THE RELIGIOUS COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR

So what is our role as religious communicators? I believe it is to mitigate the conflicts and nurture goodwill for peaceful co-existence of every one, indeed it is the un-stated purpose of religion, any religion; it is to mitigate conflicts and nurture goodwill among different peoples and nations. http://mikeghouseforamerica.blogspot.com/search/label/Slater%20Award

INTERFAITH EXPERIENCES; A MAYA TRADITION

It was an incredible experience being with the Maya people and praying with them on top of the world, I believe the Maya people were not allowed to pray in their own temples and the Priest told us that it was the first time we were able to get there and pray. Each one of us shared our own blessings and I shared the Muslim blessings in Arabic and could not resist chanting Hindu Prayers in Sanskrit as I felt the spirit of it in the snooty (Underground well) where there was a sanctuary in a dug out wall, almost like a Hindu Temple without a deity. It was a trip arranged by Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk.   

BAPTIZED MUSLIM MIKE GHOUSE IN YARDENIT, JORDAN RIVER

I was blessed to be baptized in River Jordan last year in the same spot where Jesus was baptized. It was an enriching experience to me, particularly feeling the symbolic transformation. Jesus is my mentor, a true pluralist who had no barriers between him and humanity, as a Muslim I felt the affirmation of that thought; of being boundless.  Article and pictures at the link. http://theghousediary.blogspot.com/2011/04/happy-easter.html

INTER FAITH PRAYERS WITH HOPE, TOLTEC, SHINTO TRADITIONS

It is the devotion that really matters, each one of the priests form Shinto, Hopi and Toltec prayed at the ground breaking ceremony of the Maya Center in Mexico. They were connecting with the universal energy in their own ways and it was such a beautiful experience to witness how we seek to be in tune with the nature and its creator. I was moved to say the Jain prayers where every teacher and element of nature is honored and of course I share the Islamic prayers for the well being of the humanity.  A majority of humanity connects with the essence of every tradition that goes beyond rituals and I hope all humanity see that one day and it is my commitment to communicate that message of goodwill to every one I know through my speeches and writings.  

PRAYERS AT AL-AQSA MOSQUE, A DREAM COME TRUE

It was a blessing to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holy place for Muslims and I have prayed at both Mecca and Medina, the first and the 2nd places.

I prayed the Morning payers (Fajr) and broke the Ramadan fast at Al-Aqsa Mosque and prayed at dome of the rock along with the delegation. I was excited and text messaged Yasmeen my wife, my family members and friends in India and here in Dallas.  Apparently we cannot take pictures inside the mosque, but the Imam understood my purpose and allowed his picture taken right off the mimbar (podium). I was also presented with a beautiful copy of the Quraan by the Mufti of Jerusalem which I treasure.

It was a dream come true to visit the holy sites of Bahais in Haifa, Druze near Golan Heights, and of course the Wailing Walls [(Jews) – I place a note in the wall for the well being of my sister and peace for the people of Israel and Palestine] Masjid Al-Aqsa (Muslims) and Holy Sepulcher and every Place where Jesus had been, via del Rosa where he walked with the cross, his burial place where he was risen, it was just an incredible experience and will write about it for Christmas and speak about in my speeches.

I was a part of the delegation of Middle East Peace Initiative to Jerusalem under the leadership of Reverend Moon, one of my inspirers for doing things for others. As an Ambassador for peace I was able to do a lot of blessed things in addition to the purpose of meeting with the Israeli Knesset and Palestinian Parliament members and ordinary folks in adding a spark of hope to the peace process. There is more I can do and I will if God gives me life.

QURAAN PRESENTATION AT PARLIAMENT OF WORLDS RELIGIONS

Quraan has been deliberately mistranslated by darn politicians. “In the In the Middle Ages, European leaders commissioned a hostile Quran translation to foster warfare against Muslim invaders. Later, Muslim leaders produced another translation to inflame Muslims against Christians and Jews” It was incredible with a name like “Mike” many a Arab and Iranian clergy attended the seminar wanting to hear what a “Christian” was going to explain about Quraan. It was an eye opener for the audience and clergy alike. It is a crime to mistranslate the holy book and criminal to propagate it. Mike will present a full program on that, indeed, Dr. Tariq Ramadan liked part of the presentation.

LATE IMAM BUKHARI

Imam Bukhari is the great great great grand son of the real Imam Bukhari who compiled the sayings of the prophet. In Ramadan 2010 a group of us had a Suhoor (pre-dawn meal for fasting) at his house, a 1000 year old home on Via Del Rosa where Jesus had walked with the cross. We got to see some of the original transcripts of the great Imam and hope to see his family when I visit Jerusalem next. We need to preserve those manuscripts, it a collective heritage of Muslims.

SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR

It was a delightful conversation with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar; he strongly supports the idea of Pluralism and we hope to work with him in India and elsewhere.

MIKE GHOUSE IS A FREQUENT GUEST ON FOX NEWS WITH HANNITY


THERE IS FULL STORY BEHIND THESE PICTURES THAT I SUM IT UP IN MY TALKS AND EVENTUALLY, A NOT WILL BE WRITTEN TO THE FOLLOWING






FARMERS BRANCH TEXAS - FRONT PAGE NEWS




PANELIST AT THE PARLIAMENT OF WORLDS RELIGIONS
Moderator for the Panel at the Parliament of World's religions; Rev Bill Matthews, ______, Dr. Solomon Katz, Chief Rabbi Rosenberg, Bhai Mohinder Singh


TOLTEC'S CALL TO THE CREATOR
An incredibly similar form of worship between Hindus and Toltec, I was inspired to chant the Sanskrit Prayers in the underground snooty where they have carved out a sacred niche for worship.


ORIGINS OF CULTURAL PLURALISM -1996 - THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS







ACTIVIST GHOUSE

- Ghouse on Google
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Ghouse on YouTube
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Ghouse on Sean Hannity 
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Ghouse at Dallas News
- Ghouse at Huffington Post
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Dallas Mega Rally
- Pluralism Prayers
- No Apprehension
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Ghouse Sites
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What is Pluralism
- Standing up for Others
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Ghouse Writings

OTHER PROFILES

Documentary
Dallas Observer
Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News

Diya Magazine
Texas Jewish Post
Dallas Morning New
Christian Science
Dallas Business Journal

EDUCATION
M.B.A., Univ. of Dallas
M.Com., Bangalore Univ.
B.Com., Bangalore Univ.
Working towards PhD in Psyc

APPRECIATIONS
Religious Communicator  
Islamic Reforms
Paul Carrus Nomination
Critical thinkers of Islam
Handbook of Religions

PLURALISM
Our mission is to encourage individuals to develop an open mind and an open heart toward their fellow beings.
 

1. Foundation Pluralism

2. Wisdom of Religion
3.
Hate Sermons
4.
Holocaust Genocides
5.
UnityDay USA (9/11) 
6.
Thanksgiving Celebs
7.
Pluralism - Questions
8.
Ground Zero Mosque

 

CIVIC BLOGS
These are my civic Blogs, the theme is similar, conflict mitigation & goodwill nurturing.
 

1. Americans Together

2. The Ghouse Diary
3. Mike Ghouse in the Media
3. Ghouse for America
4.
Ghouse for India
5.
International Conflicts
6.
Israel-Palestine dialogue
7.
Media screw ups
8.
Standing up for Others


ISLAM

To be a Muslim is to be a peacemaker, one who seeks to mitigate conflicts and nurtures goodwill for peaceful co-existence.
Mission
 

1. World Muslim Congress
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World Muslim Congress (u/c)
3.
World Muslim Blog
4.
Qur'aan Today
5.
Quraan Conference
6.
Dallas Muslim Center
7.
Ramadan Exclusive
8.
Sharia Laws
9. Blasphemy Laws

DISCUSSIONS 

- Pluralism

- Muslim Agenda

- Dallas Indians

 

EVENT ALBUMS

 Unity Day USA 2009

 Unity Day USA 2008
 
Unity Day USA 2006
 
Unity Day USA 2005

 Holocaust & Geno 2010
 
Holocaust & Geno 2009
 
Holocaust & Geno 2007

 

FESTIVALS OF WORLD


Essence of the every religious festival during the week was shared on the Radio from 1996-2003, The education continues on print and electronic media - examples;

 

December Festivals

December (more) Spirit of Ramadan
Festivals

Celebrations & Comm
Paryushan - Jainism

Rosh Hashanah - Judaism
Spirit of Navaratri -Hindu

Ganesh Chaturthi- Hindu

A Tribute to Jesus

Interfaith Speaker Mike Ghouse