Moderate Islam Gets a Washington Address
The Center for Islamic Pluralism (CIP), a Washington-based platform for moderate Muslims in North America, announces its opening today.
CIP's aims are to:
Details on the CIP website can be found at www.islamicpluralism.org.
We define "moderate Islam" in the American context as an Islam that finds its proper and equal place as one of many among the religions represented in America, with rights neither greater nor lesser than any other. Moderate Islam recognizes its own history, the need to evolve, and the urgency for an intellectual revival, especially with regard to non-Muslims, women, and political governance. The CIP emphasizes pluralism to signal that it believes not in the tolerance of non-Muslims, but in their true acceptance.
The executive director of the Center, Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, notes that "Many Americans wonder about Islamic claims to be a 'religion of peace.' This statement is credible only to the degree that Muslims work to make their faith truly one of pluralism. Unless there is an Islam as American as the faiths practiced by Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists, there will be no Islam in America. Thus do we see CIP's role as critical."
The founders of the Center for Islamic Pluralism are (affiliations for identification only):
The CIP is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity. Contributions are deductible under section 170 of the Code. It is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers, and gifts under section 2055, 2106, or 2622 of the code.
Please direct inquiries to [email protected]. Or call Stephen Suleyman Schwartz at 188.8.131.520. Fax toll-free to 1.866.792.9439.