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Peaceful, neighborly living in an ever-changing, multicultural world. Does it sound good, or does it sound IMPOSSIBLE? Believe it or not, ALL our different religions don’t just say it’s possible, they ALL promise it’s inevitable, whether we all belong to the same one, or not. David Liepert, host of “The Optimistic Muslim,” author of “Muslim, Christian AND Jew: Finding a path to peace our faiths can share,” Interfaith Advisor to the Canadian Council of Imams and spokesperson for his hometown Calgary’s 60 thousand mainstream Muslims has never met a religion he couldn’t find some good in, or a person he couldn’t learn something from. Join him as he talks to the movers, shakers and leaders from all our world’s faiths and philosophies who are working together (whether they know it or not) to make this a better world. Let’s start making the better world of tomorrow, today.

Peaceful, neighborly living in an ever-changing, multicultural world. Does it sound good, or does it sound IMPOSSIBLE? Believe it or not, ALL our different religions don’t just say it’s possible, they ALL promise it’s inevitable, whether we all belong to the same one, or not. David Liepert, host of “The Optimistic Muslim,” author of “Muslim, Christian AND Jew: Finding a path to peace our faiths can share,” Interfaith Advisor to the Canadian Council of Imams and spokesperson for his hometown Calgary’s 60 thousand mainstream Muslims has never met a religion he couldn’t find some good in, or a person he couldn’t learn something from. Join him as he talks to the movers, shakers and leaders from all our world’s faiths and philosophies who are working together (whether they know it or not) to make this a better world. Let’s start making the better world of tomorrow, today.
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Peaceful, neighborly living in an ever-changing, multicultural world. Does it sound good, or does it sound IMPOSSIBLE? Believe it or not, ALL our different religions don’t just say it’s possible, they ALL promise it’s inevitable, whether we all belong to the same one, or not. David Liepert, host of “The Optimistic Muslim,” author of “Muslim, Christian AND Jew: Finding a path to peace our faiths can share,” Interfaith Advisor to the Canadian Council of Imams and spokesperson for his hometown Calgary’s 60 thousand mainstream Muslims has never met a religion he couldn’t find some good in, or a person he couldn’t learn something from. Join him as he talks to the movers, shakers and leaders from all our world’s faiths and philosophies who are working together (whether they know it or not) to make this a better world. Let’s start making the better world of tomorrow, today.

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Episodes

The Optimistic Muslim – 020612

2/6/2012
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The Optimistic Muslim – America’s Muslims ARE America’s Freedoms “Front Line of Defense”

1/30/2012
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Just where do America’s Muslims stand in the battle to defend America’s freedoms? It’s certainly not where people like Newt Gingrich think they stand. And just how much of a difference is there, between true Islamic Shariah -the best traveled path to peace and freedom first walked by Muhammad- and the American Bill of Rights? American Muslim Corey Saylor, … Read more about this episode...

The Optimistic Muslim – Just What Is “The Crescent Directive”?

1/23/2012
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Sounds like a Muslim conspiracy, doesn’t it? But if it is, it’s one of the good kind! Time and again you’ve probably heard, “If the majority of Muslims are moderate, “Mainstreet” Americans who love their country, then where are the mainstream moderate Muslims, and why don’t we hear more of them?” Well, “Mainstream”, “Mainstreet” American Muslim Khurram Dara finally decided … Read more about this episode...

The Optimistic Muslim – American Muslims Equals American Islam!

1/9/2012
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Having trouble cutting through all the back-and-forth rhetoric about Muslims in America? Do you wish you could just know what was really going on? Trust a New York Muslim like Imam Feisal Rauf, leader of the Cordoba Initiative, to give us all a reality check: American Muslims equals American Islam! Muslim Diversity has been a fact of life … Read more about this episode...

The Optimistic Muslim – Is Omaha, Nebraska the Interfaith Capital of the World?

1/2/2012
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What’s up with Omaha? Around the world, people of different faiths seem to be drawing lines of conflict and digging trenches, getting ready to fight the “Big One”. But in Omaha, Nebraska, the heartland of America, Muslims, Christians and Jews are buying land and building foundations together, in a shared attempt to worship and serve their Creator together. What do … Read more about this episode...

The Optimistic Muslim – Dealing With The Reality Of Jesus

12/26/2011
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Join the Optimistic Muslim, Dr. David Liepert, author of Muslim, Christian AND Jew: Finding a Path to Peace Our Faiths Can Share, as he talks with Christian Evangelical Missionary to Muslims Carl Medearis, author of Muslims, Christians, and Jesus, about how Muslims and Christians can both share the world our God has Made–and share Jesus together–in peace!… Read more about this episode...

The Optimistic Muslim – OccupyWallStreet? OccupyJudaism!!

12/19/2011
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When Daniel Sieradski, New Media Activist, Jewish Israeli/Palestinian human-rights advocate, artist, writer, and director of Jew It Yourself: An Every Day Guide to Do It Yourself Jewish Living saw his parents lose everything in the “Great Recession” he knew he had to add yet another line to his list of achievements, and so began his growing role in the … Read more about this episode...

The Optimistic Muslim – Halal Sex! Just how close does al-Sharia come to de

12/12/2011
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With all the fake Fatwa’s making the rounds declaring women shouldn’t even touch cucumbers, you might wonder what Islamic scholars really say about sex. FAIR WARNING!! THIS SHOW IS SEXUALLY EXPLICIT, OPENLY DISCUSSING SOME SEXUAL PRACTICES EVEN A DOCTOR (me) HAD TO LOOK UP!! Do not listen to this episode with people you’re not comfortable… Read more about this episode...

The Optimistic Muslim – Where’s Safe, When You’re Stuck Between Franklin Graham and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

12/5/2011
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While Middle-Eastern Arabs are throwing out dictators and demanding democratic freedoms, are some Christians “girding their loins” for Armageddon? And are there “Armageddonist Muslims” out there who are on the same side? Jeff Burns of Peace-Catalyst, an organization dedicated to “waging peace in the name of Jesus,” knows a thing or two about both sides of Christianity’s response to … Read more about this episode...

The Optimistic Muslim – Muslims And Business People Occupy Wall Street Too!

11/21/2011
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Is Occupy Wall Street a growing ground-swell of popular discontent; an all-new approach to Wall-Street-watchdoggery; a new, broad, and inclusive force in American politics; or all of the above? And just who IS Occupy Wall Street? Join the Optimistic Muslim, Dr. David Liepert, as he talks to Muslim small business owner and Occupy Boston spokesperson Nadeem Mazen about the perspectives … Read more about this episode...

The Optimistic Muslim – Jihad For Jesus!

11/14/2011
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Rick Love, this episode’s guest on The Optimistic Muslim, might have started out wanting to turn Muslims into Christians, but when he learned more about Muslims and Islam he ended up becoming a better follower for Jesus himself. The author of Peacemaking, Rick Love is one Christian who thinks relations between Muslims and Christians, despite all the … Read more about this episode...

The Optimistic Muslim – What Are They Teaching Muslims In Buffalo?

11/7/2011
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Imam Fayaz Tilly is the man to talk to if you want the straight story regarding the supposed gulf between so-called North American and Muslim values. And he’s Dr. David Liepert’s guest in this spectacular episode of The Optimistic Muslim! Born and raised in Canada and dedicated to the most traditionalist and orthodox Islamic interpretations, Favaz Tilly was taught … Read more about this episode...

The Optimistic Muslim – Did God Give Us Different Religions For A Reason?

10/31/2011
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Eboo Patel, a founding member of President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Advisory Council on Faith Based Partnerships, grew up Muslim…but he grew up American too! Eboo struggled to reconcile the traditional “one-faith” model of religious belief with the reality of a myriad of believers following a myriad of religious doctrines, yet all living the same struggle to serve their God … Read more about this episode...

The Optimistic Muslim – How Should Muhammad’s Followers Make A Better World?

10/24/2011
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There’s a reason why Wahida Valiante is one of the world’s 500 Most Influential Muslims. After a 40 year career of social activism, she knows a thing or two about what’s wrong with the world, and how we can all help to make it better. And she’s finally put that all together in one place in her new book … Read more about this episode...

The Optimistic Muslim – Muslims, Christians and Jews Wiping Out Slavery Together, Because People Are Not For Sale!

10/17/2011
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“Not for sale.” Those are the words that should be used when describing fellow humans; however, such is not the case–no, not even in your hometown. Thus, Not For Sale was born: a world-wide anti-slavery campaign, dedicated to raising awareness to our world’s ongoing problem with slavery and human trafficking. The Optimistic Muslim, Dr. David Liepert, welcomes Kevin … Read more about this episode...

The Optimistic Muslim – Radical Jewish Hospitality!

10/10/2011
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Rabbi Rami Shapiro knows a thing or two about the hospitality that lives at the true heart of Judaism. As the Director and Founder of the Wisdom House Interfaith Conference Center in Nashville, Tennessee, he sits at the centre of an ongoing multi-faith dialogue, helped along by, among other things, some good southern cooking! On the 10th Dark Anniversary of … Read more about this episode...

The Optimistic Muslim – Keeping Your Children Safe From Kidnappers, Predators and Sex-Slavers: Is There An “App” For That?

10/3/2011
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The buying and selling of human beings: Human trafficking. It’s here in Canada and the United States–grossing over $32-billion every year. And most of that money comes from the trafficking of children. Join the Optimistic Muslim, Dr. David Liepert, as he welcomes Jess Larsen of Child Rescue to share his thoughts on this on-going problem. With Jess and Child … Read more about this episode...

The Optimistic Muslim – The Muslims Are Coming!

9/26/2011
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How often have you heard far-right commentators warning, “Look out America, because the Muslims are Coming!” Well, they might be coming, but perhaps not in the way you think. Turns out Muslim Media Mogul Negin Farsad is leading a different sort of Muslim invasion in the American Mid-West, an invasion that answers an important question: When you’re a Muslim … Read more about this episode...

The Optimistic Muslim – How Do You Change The World Part Two: How Do You Become A World Changer?

9/19/2011
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How does someone begin the process of changing the world? Join the Optimistic Muslim, Dr. David Liepert, as he speaks with Lorna Gladstone of the Bwindi Community Program (building schools and changing lives in Uganda), and Sara Hildebrand of Millennium Kids (working hard to help our world achieve the United Nation’s Millennium goals before 2015), about how they started, … Read more about this episode...

The Optimistic Muslim – How Do You Change The World Part One: Light-Bringers and Child-Savers

9/12/2011
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Steve Katsaros of Nokero.com had an idea for changing the world with light, and making the world’s children safe from Kerosene too. Then he came up with another idea for improving the prospects of those same children’s communities, households, and families! Mahdi Qasqas, Muslim Imam, Youth Counselor and Youth-leader, on the other hand, had a really great idea for how … Read more about this episode...