James Harrington is a human rights attorney and the founder and director of the Texas Civil Rights Project. He is graduate of the School of Law, University of Detroit. He taught at the University of Texas School of Law as an Adjunct Professor for 26 years. He served on human rights delegations in different areas of the world. He is the author of: Wrestling with Free Speech, Religious Freedom, and Democracy in Turkey: The Political Trials and Times of Fethullah Gülen.
“It’s a movement that reaches out to people; it’s a movement that accepts science is very open, tolerant and nonjudgmental. And probably many religious groups are judgmental.”
“What I come to learn is the other good part of dialogue is that it’s also helpful to yourself. I think my building a acquaintance with folks who are in Sufi tradition. I mean that has helped my own spirituality.”
“As human beings we tend to criticize anything that is different or makes us uncomfortable rather than looking at them. Movement for example, what is the message the movement is giving to me. I mean how can you possibly fault an education program, how can you possibly fault hospitals, how can you possibly fault getting the kids ready to go to college. So, those are all good things. Maybe what’s going on with people sometimes is that they do not want to become as involved or they don’t want to become as generous. So there is criticism.”
“I am amazed at the dedication of the teachers. These folks that are teaching are dedicated. It’s not an 9-5 job or 8-5 job. They are dedicated. They stay with the kids at night. They work with them they work with families. It’s a part of that spiritual component I was mentioning earlier that helps people in their work.”