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.