This is a guest post by Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit that aims to promote interfaith cooperation. Eboo is the author of two books, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation and Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America. He has spoken at the TED conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as college and university campuses across the country.
A number of people have observed to me that the current political season is giving us lots of illustrations of the need for a more confident pluralism that allows for us to engage in genuine disagreement without abusing each other. Pete Wehner, a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times makes the connection explicit in a piece out today in Commentary.