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RELEASED ON SEP 12, 2008

DALLAS, Texas. The 12th Annual Thanksgiving Celebrations & Awards Night is set for Saturday, November 22nd between 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM in Dallas, Texas. The event is an expression of the Foundation for Pluralism, Center for Studies in Religious pluralism and Secular Societies and encouraged by the World Muslim Congress.

"The purpose of celebrating this event is to thank God for helping us learn to accept, respect and appreciate each otherís uniqueness and;

1.      Give thanks for the blessed life we all enjoy in these United States of America.

2.      Celebrate the diversity of God's creation and enjoying the cultural heritage of each ethnic group.

3.      Appreciate and recognize outstanding volunteers in each community.

4.      Gather together as Immigrant Americans with naturally born Americans in celebrating this wonderful holiday.

5.      For many of the immigrants it is an introduction to the American way of life. 

Thanksgiving celebrations & Awards Night brings together the diverse ethnic, social, civic and religious communities of Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex. In the last Eleven celebrations every spiritual group including the American Indian, Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikh, Tao, Wicca, Oloriya, Zoroastrian and other communities have participated. This year we intend to reach out to every possible tradition that we can trace and together we can celebrate. Additionally, our invitees include people from different nationalistic /ethnic ancestries. Our Mayors and Public and civic representatives will be invited as well.

The uniqueness of the program is highlighted with the Turkey Carving ceremony, followed by Dinner. In previous years, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Congressman Pete Sessions, Mayor Morris Parrish, Mayor Pro tem Bob Townsend and several dignitaries have performed the symbolic Turkey Carving. This year another dignitary will be honoring us with his/her presence. The highlight of the evening is the Cultural pluralism expressed in term of Native American Dances and four other nationalistic dances, last event was colored by Egyptian, Taiwanese, Filipino and Indian dances. This year we will reach yet another milestone.

Traditionally the evening has been dedicated to the Native Americans who have preserved the mother earth for all of us, it is their belief in nature and their caring for the land that we have come to cherish. Over the years we have appreciated and recognized individuals and the communities who have contributed towards the pluralistic heritage of America.  Martin Luther King Jr., awakened the conscience of this nation and prompted changes in the Civil Laws that have paved the way for most immigrants to make America their new home. All the South Asians and I are here today because of Reverend Martin Luther Kingís reformation of our collective conscience.  The Jewish community has been a catalyst in creating a solid foundation for religious freedom in America.  The Jewish community was honored for working to preserve the religious freedom in this country, they were hugely instrumental in making America for what it is today;  Godís land, where all Godís creation can worship the creator every which way they want.

Mike Ghouse expresses his gratitude, " We salute the Native Indians for nurturing survival and we salute Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Jewish Community for their outstanding contributions in making us all proud of the United States of America. We admire the Native American, African American, Hispanic, Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Mormon, Wicca, Sikh and other communities for enduring all the difficulties and humiliation but relentlessly pursuing for a United America, an America for all people to live and cherish.  We appreciate their courage to continue to remain steadfast in their loyalty and patriotism in contributing towards the growth of this great nation.  A senior representative from each community will bless the ceremony.

Our Mission is to encourage individuals to develop an open mind and an open heart toward their follow beings. If we can learn to accept and respect the God given uniqueness of each one of the 7 billion of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.  We believe that knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance and appreciation of a different point of view.
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