At the April 2016 conference Elder Patrick Kearon petitioned Mormons worldwide:
“Each one of us can increase our awareness of world events that drive these families from their homes. We must take a stand against intolerance and advocate respect and understanding across cultures and traditions. Meeting refugee families and hearing their stories with your own ears and not with a screen or newspaper will change you.”
Tariq Khan is a hard hitting social justice activist who pulls no punches. He’s gritty and blunt and has stuff to say that is ‘in your face’. But he speaks of political ideas that need attention. The Syrian refugee crisis didn’t happen in a vacuum; Donald Trump’s rise in popularity didn’t happen in a vacuum; the sharp decline of US moral authority internationally didn’t happen in a vacuum. Tariq is passionate about seeing oppression and its roots domestically and internationally and doing his part to relieve the oppressed.
If you can manage hearing difficult things said of the state of the West this is a powerful discussion. If you find it difficult to hear these things that shatter your illusions about the West the reasons why it makes you uncomfortable will also be discussed.