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Himanee Gupta-Carlson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041822

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041822.001.0001

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Race, Religion, and the Limits of Tolerance

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Muncie, India(na)

Himanee Gupta-Carlson

University of Illinois Press

This chapter analyzes a dispute over how to celebrate the National Day of Prayer in Muncie, Indiana, in 2003, in which a Christian evangelical pastor refused to participate in a multi-religious interfaith celebration. It situates the dispute in the context of the broader scholarship on racial and religious discrimination. It also looks closely at the participation of African American Muslims and South Asian American Hindus and Muslims in the event. It critiques the concept of tolerance, and it proposes a feminist inspired template of alliance building to create a sustained challenge to Christian dominance in America.

Keywords:   Muncie, Indiana, National Day of Prayer, Christian fundamentalism, Christian dominance, Hindus; Muslims, African Americans, South Asian Americans, Indian Americans, racial discrimination, religious discrimination, tolerance, alliance building

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