Strengthening the idea of America by narrowing the divide between the West and Islam

Strengthening the idea of America by narrowing the divide between the West and Islam–Patrick Burnett (Opinion), The Plain Dealer

by journeyintoeurope1

By Patrick Burnett

Just recently, we Americans witnessed a young Muslim boy in Texas arrested over the clock he invented and simply wanted to show his teachers. Just recently, we witnessed Donald Trump fail to counter a questioner at a New Hampshire rally who essentially called for Muslim ethnic cleansing.

As a Catholic raised in Northeast Ohio, I have seen this wide gap between Muslims and non-Muslims persist throughout the region and America. Sometimes, though, all it takes is spending time with the “other” to realize that we are not all that different from one another.

On Sept. 5, at the Islamic Society of North America Convention in Rosemont, Illinois, I had the opportunity to speak alongside Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, chair of Islamic Studies at American University and former Pakistani high commissioner to the United Kingdom; Dr. Amineh Hoti, director of Pakistan’s Center for Dialogue and Action; and Michael Wolfe of the Unity Productions Foundation, on a panel representing the launch of the new film “Journey Into Europe.”

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journeyintoeurope1 | September 28, 2015

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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