Transcript for Strait Talk Detroit: How Religious Values Influence Political Decisions
Just a big question to lead off guys people want to know what are your thoughts on rebuilding this city basically you can react the last panel that she had. What started with the Detroit Lions and and he kind of go from there are. Well. As as we've talked about the previous. Yes is that it's a very complicated. Question at best corner complicated nuanced answer. Our. As someone who grew up here who. Child of the seventies and and leapt into the ninety's I song the slow decay. It happened in the so there's a part of me unite which Cass tech which is downtown selectively sought actually downtown slowly decay sort of part of me. It's very happy to see Starbucks is very happy to see the knew each other vehicles or. But I also know. That the people that I went to school with can report three dollars apartment issues. Where they don't I also note that many of those jobs while wonderful our service. Industry jobs and what we need to kind of jobs that comes with pensions and co insurance and and four time appointment. And so I and I'm happy to see the steps have been taken what are not quite so yet that after world on his and he actually back in the way I'd actually be. And how. Knew that. Are without Lindsey that Detroit park. Is that five billion dollar question right because. You do need to move some parts of ground in order to accommodate these new jobs it's our home. And sometimes that calls displacing people. What I hoped for as developers. Like Peter who was up here continue to him. Re right of Palestinians to Gilbert that they do so with compassion and empathy and understanding that there is the backbone of this. You can't remove the backbone inspect the body to help. Concerns rested up differently which is still need to maintain that backbone of the Detroit beat Detroit so I hope that that is part of the process as the city was. Forward I mean I agree with LC I'm I'm not hopeful person I'm very hopeful for some I'm an optimist I've been married twice divorced types it's on the ultimate office. Get married at once here optimist out. I believe that Detroit has an opportunity to tell tale we have difficult race in this country right. And Detroit can't figure this cancer out than our country can't answer right if if it if wealthy people move into the city and it displaces people of color whether it's air American Latino American or African American and we're not solving the problem that exists in the countries that we. Detroit has to solve this problem to show the country in my view I'm hopefully gain. Solve this difficult decisions about how do you revitalize the same time without losing cities so I'm hopeful it can happen. But part of that conversation to have. I'm here right now is resolving and other. Difference in our country today this is eight this conversation now with on. Faith and like that rep. Introduce fifteen out opera dot that I've got what. Who is the director of the American Arab antech is there's tremendous discrimination committee she's spoken a lot of media forums. A lot of these issues. And actually McGwire. Who is senior fellow at the Catholic association and a box unseen and now lot of different broadcast. Who's a conservative Catholic. I think he described yourself as a Pope France's conservative I think. I'm this is one of the conversations and LT and I really want because we don't think we have enough of this. Which is a discussion of faith in the country it's not captivated by one part of the country money here conversation about faith in its grass by certain. Segment of the of the country and the other elements of fate that are often expressed around this country in many cities and now. Art art discussed. We are in the midst of eight this. Difficult time. Because Islam and perceptions of certain people in certain leaders and Ross on a difficult time. A conservative. Evangelicals and where they and so pitino wanted to start with you. In your conversations. In your sense as we look at politics and that what's the pack. To resolving. Some of the I think faith conflicts that exist in America today. First off thanks for me in that happy to be here and straight up pump in terms of kind of conflict August with my faith and practicing Muslim. I think of the big beginning is two kind of admit are at lack of understanding and and I think. That when we're able to kind of come to grips with the fact that bill you know they do a little confused about things in. That you can't just spend the summer abroad learning Arabic and come back an expert right that Islam is a kind of rich tradition that's several hundred years old and and like any other tradition has it all the good the bad and the ugly and it must be kind of engaged as that I also think. In terms of Islam and excellent talked about earlier. Deep roots in this country coming deep deep rooted in this in America so the idea that Islam or practicing Muslims are foreign. To the country really is something that we really have to dismantle and and you don't square up to and admit that it that shouldn't have. The framework in the platform that it really cast. There hasn't it unlocks. Conversations. About north Carolina's. HP well he's he's into our that you. Twelve past. The original car accident we'll op. Always be true. The role which faith that's. And then democracy. That our meeting other. Sort of lost kind of press this notion of religious freedom. Also my question to you of course has to do with your view let's do you. Honey you as a younger person because containers like all of its own intelligence and technology BT. Honey you with the younger person. View this conversation. Through the lens of faith. Now that's a great question and now I grew up. With a lot of gay friends people from all different sides of that issue. And I didn't really see it become heavily politicized until very recently. You know about issued the North Carolina bill I mean to me. That seems like a little bit you know coming from somebody who is really steeped in a lot of religious communities I don't think that's an issue people are really talking about at the dinner table. I think there are other more pressing religious liberty issues that they're concerned about you know as a Catholic. One of the cases. More contested issues that. We really followed was the little sisters of the poor case which is actually still sort of on resolved I mean one thing that's really complicating. This election. I'm when it comes to religion is that you have a vacancy on the Supreme Court. And that's so many of these heated political issues that. In are trying with religion it's lined up at the court I mean we've had several of the biggest religious liberty cases including one that fell with. The rights of a Muslim prisoner. That have made their way to the Supreme Court in the last few years so I think. You know this is a weird election to begin with in the sense that you have to deeply unpopular candidates. In I think it's. If you can't make really predictions about Catholics are doing this may evangelicals are doing that way. On based on this election but I do you think you add in the Supreme Court and that's probably an issue that's gonna eventually wind up at the Supreme Court. Before for a Muslim at this time. You know there's not often any any ability. To express. To our faith your your faith. Without confronting. A quick bites which it muscle automatically. And some leaders have done this purposefully. Not equal person of faith and personal grounded values it because quite quoted it there's a line is drawn to problem right. What's that what is your recommendation for leaders in there conversation about this. No you're exactly right match in terms of the quick bias sometimes not so quick sometimes it's pretty heavy and pretty you know. Bulls. But you're exactly right about this idea that before we can even get into forward thinking. Ways in which. That sums are so successful and soul integrated into America and a right here in southeast Michigan. The institute for social policy understanding to the report and I think it's too history Clinton at twenty or 30% chance of a physician. In southeast Michigan being so. And into the idea that Muslims are not integrated across the board and all the professions. The idea that you animal song is just not your kind of neighbor next door that would come over if you moved in as a new person with you know plate of cookies. Is simply. Just not prevalent so the challenge I think for those of us leadership positions from the Muslim community Arab community. Is to work on deconstructing and kept on doing the bias. While you know continue to do what we do as Americans. And degree and be friends and neighbors and colleagues in be the best. Muslims we can beat Andy that best Americans can be and I think that balances is where the successful continue to watch the girl's heart. Why do you think in a note this is that a conversation in the Christian and among he has some. Is there's automatically is a conversation while they're progressive for their liberal. Right Christians and their conservative Christians are of their progressive or liberal views are there conservative views. That doesn't we don't have that conversation. Among Islam it's it's sort of group just like oh this is how it is that's not that there's a huge body of people that are progressive. In in many ways. Muslims and there's conservative Muslims and there's moderate Muslims in the course of this what do you do about that and in its educational way. So people understand the same debates that occur in other religions occur within Islam he. In the first up we weak knowledge the problems. In intellectual inaccuracies and inconsistencies. In our painting. Muslims and the religion this omelet with seem perhaps that's a problem. And I think the first step is to admit into acknowledges that there is that problem and that you simply can't be an expert on religious tradition. By virtue like a kid about this but it means by spending his summer brought in Arabic you come back as an expert on you know. One of the oldest and richest religions and all that that man has known so I think it's to demand of ourselves as Americans. The consistency that we give perhaps other communities. To the moral consistency and intellectual consistency. And two. You know resist. The tendency to reduce. The seven or eight or nine or ten million of us that are in this country. Two a certain profile that. Almost all of us are not. This questions for all. And I would like to be its fares across the candle slots to. In what ways has the current administration disappointing Q as a person of faith and what is your home for the next administration and that same. I think on the religious liberty issue again that's been probably the biggest area of disappointment and there's and you know. Sense I think among a lot of Christians that it sort of us against the culture and it doesn't need to be that way you look at the Catholic church and the Catholic Church is the largest provider nongovernmental provider of charity. Education and health care services to the Ford. And so I think very Catholics to feel like. You know were being sort of put into this ideological get it seems like we'll let you know. You look again I like a little sisters of the poor and these are women who've devoted their lives to caring for corn dying ultimately people. And so I think there's been a little bit of a sense that we've been picked on and we're not sure why. And so my hope for the future is that we conservative get back to first principles in this country and agreed that. We can disagree about things. But still be civil to each other and not everything needs to wind up in. In a courthouse. It is it's safe to two areas. One you know perhaps leadership's. Not standing up strong enough force on the phobia. That's one thing for the condemnation to occur from either party and to you know openly a mildly condemn it but I think it's another thing to actively work towards. You know any structures that perpetuate really be a bias. Against Arabs or Muslims or people of color so certainly civil liberties and civil rights what will always be you know forefront issue for the mosque and community at this time. I'd also say in terms of perhaps the years of Obama. The issue of Israel Palestine. It's very important to Arab Muslim Americans as is. You know health care and the economy and all the issues at the traders care about. Many Arab Americans and Muslim Americans are children of immigrants from the Arab world. And they continue to watch. With concern the conflicts abroad and I think there was some hope with Obama in terms of solving. The issue with Israel Palestine but he saw bombardments and Gaza in the light can think that was very disappointing. Violent. We've I think we're gonna stellar talent this it's amazing to me. Is it. Christianity and Islam the bases and and raises basic often and religions is. Is peace and love but we lose track of it because we argue over. Sort of details of some specifics of Sony might and disagree with I'm hoping that through this conversation tonight we can continue. A conversation because as it unfolds in America who not only is race. A conflict we're gonna have to settle but we're have to settle the religious conflict and access in the country so thank you both for being here you haven't seen.
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