Fortt Knox Podcast
About This Show
Fortt Knox is a digital show produced by CNBC that brings you access to rich ideas and powerful people. The first guests include Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, trailblazing technology CEO Lisa Su of AMD, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, and acclaimed actor Bradley Whitford. During the show, I'll lead conversations with power brokers on how they navigate a world increasingly defined by diversity and innovation – and give you insight into how you can navigate it, too.
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Ep 3: Thanksgiving, and the Muslim Branch of My Evangelical Family
6 days ago
This week on the Fortt Knox podcast, I want to get a little personal. Instead of hearing from a business leader or celebrity as usual, you're going to hear from someone closer to home. My home.
The United States right now is struggling with how to respond to the scourge of terrorism -- and how to relate to Muslim Americans here at home.
It's something my family has a unique bit of experience with. And this being the days after the Thanksgiving holiday, and after a presidential election, it's a good time to reflect on family. And the country.
The voice you heard at the beginning of this episode was my cousin on my dad's side. Omar.
I'm a Christian. My faith is an important part of my life. I try to study my Bible regularly, I attend church weekly. My father is a retired pastor and chaplain. My grandfather was a pastor, too.
Omar and his siblings are Muslim. His parents converted before he was born.
It's fair to say religion has always been a source of tension in our family, but especially over the last 20 years. Through it all, we've tried -- with mixed results -- to keep the family together.
So I asked Omar if he would sit down and talk to me for Fortt Knox about something we can all relate to at a time like this: The struggle to find common ground in the face of fundamental differences.