Just spoke at a great forum with Allen West. College Scholars.
It was about who we are as Americans and the choice we all have to make.
Hostile question about Islam.
Seemingly from someone that wanted to hate me.
I explained the difference between Islamist and Muslim. One is no different than me and one is a killer. How do we know the difference between the two? I am not sure. Muslims need to point out the Islamist but they are currently feeling outnumbered.
I don't think she liked my answer.
When I was asked as my last question how do we solve our problems, I spoke directly to her.
We need to believe that the other person is not coming from a position of hate and bigotry. We need to listen with our heart open and with reason fixed firmly in her seat. We need to stop calling each other names and admit that evil does exist, that there are people that do want to kill us and that they usually tell you what they are going to do and then they keep their promise.
I said, "we need to begin to see each other... And it would begin by actually looking at each other... At least looking at me now..."
I waited she never looked at me.
It was a missed moment.
I later met with 90 of them from different universities and backgrounds from all over Texas. From global warming, inequality, Planned Parenthood, the border and capitalism. Spirited and respectful.
Don't know if any of us changed our minds but we at least heard one another.
Who knows if they learned anything from me, but, I know I learned that I need to make sure that I ALWAYS say there is a difference between Islamist and Muslim. People don't know that. I need to say it every time. Even if people don't want to understand it because they think all Muslims are bad, or that all Muslims are good.