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Sound Learning Monthly Feature: Religious Passion, Pluralism, and the Young

British youth detonate bombs in the London Underground. Palestinian youth walk into discothèques and detonate bombs in their backpacks. What compels young people, including young Muslims, to commit such acts of violence in the name of their faith? This month Sound Learning explores religious passion and a possible solution to extremist violence by featuring an interview and resources from the Speaking of Faith program "Religious Passion, Pluralism, and the Young."

Eboo Patel, the founder of Interfaith Youth Core, talks with Speaking of Faith host Krista Tippett about his model for engaging religious youth in social activism and dialogue. His goal is to provide a more powerful alternative for religious energy than the extremism that has sparked so much violence in recent times.

Use the interview as a starting point for exploring with your students the commonality between different faiths and how pluralism might serve as an antidote to extremist violence. Included in this month's feature are resources and a lesson template designed to help you connect this complex topic to your curriculum.

Speaking of Faith is a production of American Public Media and can be heard each week on public radio stations throughout the country.

Use this template to help you create a lesson with the material in the Speaking of Faith program "Religious Passion, Pluralism, and the Young." Links to the program are embedded in the template.
Template for a high school class discussion featuring an annotated transcript of Eboo Patel's remarks.
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Selected Resources
Use these resources to help you use the Speaking of Faith feature "Religious Passion, Pluralism, and the Young" in your classroom:

Document"A Bow to the Head": A student created website on five religions produced for the ThinkQuest competition.

DocumentUnited Religions Initiative's "Religions and Traditions Page": Resources and text about world religions and spiritual traditions.

DocumentUnited Religions Initiative's "Kids Page": Resources and text about world religions, written at an eighth grade level

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