Sacred Ground Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America

ISBN-10: 0807077488

ISBN-13: 9780807077481

Edition: 2012

Authors: Eboo Patel

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There is no better time to stand up for your values than when they are under attack.After 9/11, then-President Bush declared that Islam was a religion of peace, making a clear distinction between an act of terrorism and a religion. But in recent years, anti-Islamic sentiment has been growing in the U.S., stoked by pastors, politicians, and pundits from Pamela Gellar to Newt Gingrich. The implication of their rhetoric is clear: being Muslim is somehow incompatible with being an American.InSacred Ground, renowned interfaith leader Eboo Patel reminds us that religious tolerance, as well as religious prejudice, has been with us since the colonial era. And over time, many once-despised groups, like Catholics, have come to be seen as part of the American mainstream. But we live today in an ever more religiously diverse country, and it is increasingly important to actively foster interfaith cooperation in order to prevent violence. How then, Patel asks, in this critical moment, we can best promote interfaith understanding and cooperation?Explaining the growing science of interfaith cooperation, Patel interweaves ideas with stories of Christians and Muslims and Jews and Buddhists working to build bridges among their communities and dispel fear and ignorance. He asks us to share in his vision of a better America -- a robustly pluralistic country in which our commonalities are more important than our differences, and in which difference enriches, rather than threatens, our religious traditions.Sacred Grounddemonstrates how we can all work in service of positive social change in our daily lives and offers an inspiring call for us to take responsibility and help make America a beacon of pluralism - because ultimately, we are all at the frontlines of social change. As Patel writes, "I believe every inch of America is sacred ground. I believe we make it holy by who we welcome and how we relate to each other."
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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 8/14/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Robert Kilkenny is Executive Director of the Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention and a Clinical Associate in the School of Social Work at Simmons College. He is coeditor of Mixed ; Mi Voz, Mi Vida ; and Balancing Two Worlds , all from Cornell.

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