“Talking Through Unity and Civility” was the theme of the event held Saturday at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.
Khan, a Gold Star father, was joined by John Krull, Director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism. They discussed the need for civil and measured conversation in a chaotic political atmosphere.
Khan lost his son, a Captain in U.S. Army, in a suicide bomb attack in 2004.
He rose to prominence after a rousing speech he gave at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Khan spoke at length on the value of our country’s founding documents to a free and open society.
“Have faith in our values in our democratic values, and the rule of law, always remain standing for the goodness of America which is enshrined our Constitution in our Bill of Rights.”
That speech, during which Khan offered Donald Trump a copy of the Constitution, criticized then candidate Trump’s proposed Muslim immigration ban.
His message for the Hoosiers: keep your hearts open, but also embrace your roots.
“This is Heartland, this is where the goodness and civility prevails and must prevail. We may have been misguided once, we have seen the aftermath of this election and we continue to observe that is against the values of this state, this great state and the great people of this state.”
Since that appearance at the DNC last year Khan has spoken at over 150 events all over the globe.