"Patriotism as we know, is an element in the social life of all people and we are all patriotic. The element of patriotism is always with us, but patriotism changes for us and sometimes we don't see or we don't identify the new patriotism. The old patriotism is still with us in our conscience so we don't identify the new patriotism.
What I mean by New World, is the unfolding or revealing of something that was with this country when the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution. That desire for a world wherein all the good human aspirations would be respected by the nation and by
the people of that nation, and that no one would be denied the free expression of his noble human aspirations and he would be able to pursue those aspirations.
That kind of environment doesn't come until moral freedom comes. That is, when people are able to express freely what they feel in their moral sentiments. This, to me, is the greatest difficulty for a society; to let the moral goodness just come out freely from all of the people. And I believe that the hurdles that we have come over; the hurdles of racism and now materialism are now dying.
Materialism and racism are still in the world, but I believe the "spirit" of the American people now is not racist and is not materialistic, and I am sure that what we are coming into now is the New World. That world that the founding fathers anticipated; the New World that is suggested in the lines of the Preamble to the Constitution that says that "All men are created equal and are endowed with unalienable rights."
This concept of man and the concept of the State being a State under G-d a state respecting G-d is really a way of saying or a way of expressing something else. That is, the need for the proper respect for individuals, for each and every individual regardless to his moral, religious persuasion; the respect for each individual. And when we see all beings as the creation of one G-d, and a nation and its people accountable to a G-d, then in that kind of thinking we have respect for each individual. We have a kind of sacred respect for each individual.
By New World we mean trying to help that spirit come to birth that has always been in the country. It is in the Constitution and it always has been in the country, but it has been overlooked and ignored, and even suppressed.
And now, I see the climate is right for the rebirth of this kind of respect for human beings, a sacred respect for human beings, for human life, for human aspirations." Imam W. Deen Mohammed