Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Muslim Civil Rights hearings by Senator Durbin


Americans and Muslims together welcome Senator Durbin’s initiative to hold hearings on civil rights of Muslims.

Dallas, March 23, 2011

Mike Ghouse, President of America Together Foundation, welcomes the initiative of Sen. Dick Durbin’s announcement to hold hearings in to the civil rights of American Muslims.

No American has to live in anxieties, discomfort or fear of the other.  It is in the interests of every Patriotic American to work for a cohesive society where we focus on being a catalyst to each others’ well being, safety and prosperity.

The organization will focus on bringing Americans together with a series of educational programs to address the critical issues facing our nation in an open forum to find pluralistic solutions to restore the cohesiveness of our society and work towards building a safe and secure America.

America Together foundation is an extension of the Foundation for Pluralism championing the idea of co-existence through respecting and accepting the otherness of other, and World Muslim Congress committed to nurturing the pluralistic ideals embedded in Islam.

We hope the hearings will focus on the Civil rights of Muslim Americans and bring justice and hope to fellow Americans.

Mike Ghouse, President
America Together Foundation, committed to building cohesive societies
2665 Villa Creek Dr, suite 206
Dallas, TX 75234
(214) 325-1916


  1. I think Israel & Palestinian tensions will end only when Islamic terrorism will ends.

  2. "The person they represent me to be not only does not exist but could not possibly exist." (Bernard Shaw)

    Such I believe to be the nature of the representation of Gods in their various incarnations and associated interconnected human entities deemed to be their respective representatives on earth.

    Whatever good Religions purport to deliver are swamped by their vilification of other. It would be of great convenience for humanity if such vilification, as Plato rightly recommended , were removed from Religious text and informing the nature of new citizens. For such text informs evil actions.

    Particularly since the cost of adherence and devotion to various Deities can be quite high for diligent adherents who wish to maximize the return on their investment of time and in the case of women humiliation and subjugation relative to men. Which is why women can be the most ferocious in their demand for the heads of non-adherents as their sacrifice are clearly much more than males within the same religious entity.

    In fact the nature of women’s place within religions would lead one to surmise religions were in fact created by Man to subjugate women. Not being able to justify such a state rationally Man derives the irrational notion of God to achieve the required result. It is rather a sad absurdity women at times become the most vocal defenders of such a state.

    Why was it Plato thousands of years advised, No, more insisted, "..a superintendence over the authors of fables" (related to Gods and associated Heroes(associated human entities))? It was because Plato realized as do psychologists and educationalists today such fables repeated by "nurses and mothers (teachers, guardians,..) their children,.. may thus mold their minds with the fables even more than they shape their bodies with the hand.". In other words such text are not benign but opens “youth” imbued with such diabolical notions to an "imitation" deemed as "doing nothing extraordinary if he commits the foulest of crimes," a real possibility.

    We see today the foulest of crimes committed by Muslims and attempts to do so even in Australia, yet we refuse to confront the actual reason the “fables”, religious text which informs these actions of terror against humanity. Such as text contained in the Quran foundation chapter "THE COW" which vilifies non-adherents so venomously. We abuse those proffering such obvious linkages for what has been known to be true for thousands of years with bigot, racist, etc.

    Usually such abusive statements are accompanied with the insipid statement which denies the reality of the terror and repeated crimes against other "Even though different cultures have different values and customs, in the end we are all people, with more in common than not.".

    The facts are our commonality of being human are overridden by the different values and customs where they support vilification and 'grievous harm' derived from the cultures foundation texts informing actions against other. Not to accept this in the face of the continuing application of and attempts of terror in regards Muslims against other defies rational thought.

    Where if not from the Islamic texts themselves are these imitations of evil textual constructions coming from. To not point out these sources of terror and suppression is contrived convenience and a callous disregard for the welfare of humanity.

    Are Coptic’s in Egypt to continue to console themselves with such notions "more in common than not" or the Shiite in Malaysia who are considered deviant and are not allowed to be spread because Sunni Islam is the official religion, are relatives of those blown to pieces on a regular basis, etc..?

    The answer is clear delete the evil text or the terror against other continues.



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Planned Muslim Response to Qur'an Burning by Pastor Jones on September 11 in Mulberry, Florida

August 19, 2013| Dallas, Texas

Mike Ghouse
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Mirza A Beg
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We as Muslims plan to respond to pastor Terry Jones' planned burning of 3000 copies of Quran on September 11, 2013 in positive terms.

Our response - we will reclaim the standard of behavior practiced by the Prophet concerning “scurrilous and hostile criticism of the Qur’an” (Muhammad Asad Translation Note 31, verse 41:34). It was "To overcome evil with good is good, and to resist evil by evil is evil." It is also strongly enjoined in the Qur’an in the same verse 41:34, “Good and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is better; then you will see that one who was once your enemy has become your dearest friend.”

God willing Muslims will follow the divine guidance and pray for the restoration of Goodwill, and on that day many Muslim organizations will go on a “blood drive” to save lives and serve humanity with kindness.

We invite fellow Americans of all faiths, races, and ethnicities to join us to rededicate the pledge, “One nation under God”, and to build a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of fellow Americans. This event is a substitute for our 10th Annual Unity Day Celebration ( held in Dallas, but now it will be at Mulberry, Florida.

Unwittingly Pastor Jones has done us a favor by invigorating us by his decision to burn nearly 3000 copies Quran on September 11, 2013. Obviously he is not satisfied by the notoriety he garnered by burning one Qur'an last year.

As Muslims and citizens we honor the free speech guaranteed in our constitution. We have no intentions to criticize, condemn or oppose Pastor Terry Jones' freedom of expression. Instead, we will be donating blood and praying for goodness to permeate in our society.

We plan to follow Jesus Christ (pbuh), a revered prophet in Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – that of mitigating the conflicts and nurturing good will for the common good of the society.

We hope, this event and the message will remind Muslims elsewhere in the world as well, that violence is not the way. Muslims, who react violently to senseless provocation, should realize that, violence causes more violence, and besmirches the name of the religion that we hold so dear. We believe that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy to the mankind, and we ought to practice what we believe and preach. We must not insult Islam by the negative reactions of a few.

We can only hope it will bring about a change in the attitude of the followers of Pastor Jones, and in the behavior of those Muslims who reacted violently the last time Pastor sought notoriety – We hope this small step towards a bridge to peaceful coexistence would propel us towards building a cohesive society.

Like most Americans a majority of Muslims quietly go about their own business, but it is time to speak up and take positive action instead of negative reaction. May this message of peace and goodwill reverberate and reach many shores.

Lastly, we appreciate the Citizens of Mulberry, Florida, Honorable Mayor George Hatch, City Commissioners, police and Fire Chiefs for handing this situation very well. This will add a ‘feather of peace’ in the City’s reputation. We hope Mulberry will be a catalyst in showing the way in handling conflict with dignity and peace.

We thank the Media for giving value to the work towards peace rather than conflict.


Thank you.


The people in Dallas are making an effort to understand and clean their own hearts first, when we are free from bias, it would be easy to share that with others. Islam teaches us in so many ways to "respect the otherness of others" and it is time we find simple practical ways of doing it.