Respect for Others

Abdulkader Thomas
1 min readMar 1, 2023


As a disclosure, I love CAIR. I give CAIR money. I think that CAIR defends my civil rights, and it has absolutely worked to improve inter-faith relations.


I did not like the following behavior and I would like your opinion.

When I was young, my Dad would take me to different places of worship. Places where we did not agree with the pastors. And, then they would pray. We stood up, out of respect, bowed our heads and made our own prayers in our hearts.

Later, in my interfaith work in Detroit, New York and Los Angeles, I visited temples, churches, even town hall meetings. The former were filled with prayer. And, as is the American way, the latter always started with somebody’s voluntary prayer. I always stood and bowed my head, just like my Dad and I used to. Why, because I wish to offer you respect, and hope that you will do the same.

In my mind, those students should have stood out of respect for others.

What do you think?