After a summer of intolerance, LA leads the way

I used to get invited to speak with powerful people all over the world – government officials in Europe, university … Continued

I used to get invited to speak with powerful people all over the world – government officials in Europe, university administrators in India, royals in the Middle East, about how America is a country where so many people of different religions live together in relative peace and trust.

After the madness of this past summer and fall (“Ground Zero Mosque,” Shariah in Oklahoma), my guess is I might be invited back only to be laughed at.

One of the craziest parts about what I’ve started calling the “summer of intolerance,” is the pride that some people seem to show in marginalizing and hating their fellow Americans from different religions. The most recent example of this is the story of Alabama, where a restaurant had a sign “BBQ Pork Restaurant is Safest No Muslims Inside.” High-profile, proud intolerance is antithetical to everything I learned about America in grade school and everything we want people beyond our borders to know about our nation.

That’s why I found Los Angeles’ recent leadership so heartening. The city council just passed a resolution to promote religious pluralism throughout the city: “WHEREAS, the City of Los Angeles’ commitment to pluralism and to the free exercise of religion are the cornerstone of American values that have helped produce one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse and vibrant cities in the world…”

Yes it’s symbolic, and we need to move from gestures of tolerance to acts of interfaith cooperation. But frankly, so much intolerance is also symbolic. The Shariah referendum in Oklahoma has almost zero chance of passing muster with the courts – it’s simply a way for people to symbolically show who they hate.

So what if the forces of inclusiveness in America engage the forces of intolerance on the territory of symbols? What if there was a national movement to get resolutions passed in city council’s across the country, lifting up the value of tolerance and getting citizens to engage in concrete interfaith cooperation?

Chicago’s Mayor Daley has attended many high-profile events with the Muslim community and been a strong supporter of interfaith efforts in the city. He’s done being mayor next year, but my guess is he’ll be excited to carry a resolution on Chicago being a city of interfaith cooperation through the city council. He might even take special pride in making it one of his last acts as mayor.

What about your mayor? What about your city?

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  • ThomasBaum

    Eboo Patel You wrote, “After the madness of this past summer and fall (“Ground Zero Mosque,” Shariah in Oklahoma), my guess is I might be invited back only to be laughed at.”Have you ever asked yourself, why this “madness”, as you put it, sees to be centered on islam?You also wrote, “about how America is a country where so many people of different religions live together in relative peace and trust.”And how this “relative peace and trust” seems to be crumbling and the crumbling block seems to be islam, could there be a correlation?You then wrote, “One of the craziest parts about what I’ve started calling the “summer of intolerance,” is the pride that some people seem to show in marginalizing and hating their fellow Americans from different religions.”Seems as if one actually listens, it isn’t so much “fellow Americans from different religions” but the “religion” itself that people are taking a look at and commenting on and not just how that “religion” is interacting in America but also in the rest of the world.You also wrote, “The Shariah referendum in Oklahoma has almost zero chance of passing muster with the courts – it’s simply a way for people to symbolically show who they hate.”No, Mr. Patel, it is not a “who”, as you put it, but a “what” and that “what” is the imposition of sharia law.Is your definition of “intolerance”, that people do not want islam and/or sharia law shoved down their throat?Take care, be ready.Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • AKafir

    Eboo,Not a millisecond to acknowledge that your Islam is hateful to the non-Muslims? Instead you have to play the victim and whine about Pork BBQ? In UK your type of whining and the european idiocy has led to:**************Workers in the benefits department at Dudley Council, West Midlands, were told to remove or cover up all pig-related items, including toys, porcelain figures, calendars and even a tissue box featuring Winnie the Pooh and Piglet.Bosses acted after a Muslim complained about pig-shaped stress relievers delivered to the council in the run-up to the Islamic festival of Ramadan.Muslims are barred from eating pork in the Koran and consider pigs unclean.Councillor Mahbubur Rahman, a practising Muslim, backed the ban. He said: ?It?s a tolerance of people?s beliefs.?Is that interfaith tolerance you want for the Kafirs here?

  • FarnazMansouri2

    Eboo,I have to agree with those bloggers who call you on your hypocrisy. Never once have I seen the least bit of self-reflective comment from you on the scandalous hate perpetrated by Muslims against JEWS, Christians, and Muslims.Start with Jews–our exile and deportation form our ancient Middle East homelands, the murders, etc., perpetrated against us.Then move on to the antisemitic filth dominant among Muslims in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and AMERICA.Then do the same for Christians and Hindus.That is a shame.

  • WmarkW

    The most recent example of this is the story of Alabama, where a restaurant had a sign “BBQ Pork Restaurant is Safest No Muslims Inside.”

  • Secular

    As usual another one of the litany rubbish articles from Eboo. Always whining about how Muslims are persecuted – because of silly slights. He never has a single article about the tangible persecution under law in the Dur-ul-Islams against non-muslims.

  • DanielintheLionsDen

    Yes, but what else would one expect? Intolerance runs throughout Christianity, as it does through most of Islam. Only certain sects try to understand tolerance and make an effort at tolerance. So it is a great effort for the twin relgions, Chrisdtianity and Islam to stomach the presence of eacth other.

  • abrahamhab1

    There is a clear distinction between the intolerances of Muslims and of non-Muslims. Non-Muslims are sometimes intolerant of Muslims’ actions and practices while Muslims are taught by their God to be intolerant of all others because of who they are.

  • habibbarri

    To hate Islam as a totalitarian religious-social-political ideology is not the same thing as to hate Muslims. I worked in a Muslim country for more than ten years and most of my friends there are Muslims. But I have seen how oppressive and persecuting Islam is. The Muslims I know, I love and like. Islam, however, is a dangerous ideology which deprives people of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of thought. In particular it regards women as the possessions of men. Read the Koran and the Hadith, and read concerning how Mohammed, the supreme example for Muslims, treated women, and you will see how oppressive Islam is.

  • Kingofkings1

    I can see that the usual pack of rats spouting hatred are having a field, as evidenced by the rubbish noted on the comments. i have a question to ask Eboo: Is it appropriate to instruct a pack of jackasses in the inticacies oft the theory of relativity?

  • AKafir

    KoK1 writes: “I can see that the usual pack of rats spouting hatred are having a field, as evidenced by the rubbish noted on the comments.”It is easy for a follower of Muhammad like KoK1 to call others “pack of rats” in hate because they are non-Muslims questioning and examining Islam. It is easy because Allah hates the Kafirs. It is easy because Muhammad killed the Kafirs by the thousands.

  • clearthinking1

    Eboo complains about the “summer of intolerance” in America.Eboo ignores the “MILLENIUM of intolerance” by Muslims (which continues unabated today outside of America in places like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, etc.)Eboo pretends to applaud the “resolution to promote religious pluralism” in Los Angeles.Eboo pretends to not notice the inherent intolerance toward non-muslims in the koran and by muslims throughout history and today.Eboo, your insincerity and lack of credibility is showing. Zip up.

  • wiki-truth

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