Eboo Patel —
Religious Passion, Pluralism, and the Young

A 30-year-old, Indian-American Muslim and former Rhodes Scholar is setting out to change the way young people relate to their own religious traditions and those of others. Al-Qaeda is the most effective youth program in the world, he says, and we neglect this work at our peril.

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is the founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago.

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Young girls hold candles during an interfaith evening vigil for peace in Washington, D.C.

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I heard you speak at Illinois Benedictine University yesterday at Dr. Martin Luther King's breakfast. I searched you out and shook your hand because you spoke to what is in my heart. I practice connecting with all people daily. I search for things that bring people together rather than the differences that separate us and I am all inclusive. This gives my life meaning and purpose. I try to change my surroundings one person at a time. I want to follow what you do. I do not understand the separatist mentality. Thank you for your inspiration. Yours, Toby Fox