Pluralist calls for dialogue after museum shooting
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.
“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.
Mike Ghouse discusses interfaith tolerance and understanding online and on air.