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Thursday, 4 February 2016

US President Obama tells Muslims: We are ‘One American family’

US President Barack Obama visited a Maryland mosque on Wednesday to deliver a simple message at a complex time. “We are one American family,” President Obama told the gathered crowd at the Islamic Society of Baltimore. “We will rise and fall together.”
Obama sought to reassure Muslim Americans that the country considers their community essential to the makeup of society, condemn the claim that all Muslims are terrorists, call on the Muslim community to also condemn terrorism, affirm religious freedom, and explain to the whole of America what Islam is and isn’t.
And with the rise of ISIS and in the wake of the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, the president had a lot of ground to cover in the 45 minutes he had to speak.
 
 
“We have to reaffirm that most fundamental of truths—we are all God’s children, all born equal with inherent dignity,” Obama said.
He started by telling the story of Islam in the U.S. from a historical perspective, bringing the audience back to the nation’s founding. “Islam,” Obama said, “has always been a part of America.” Muslim slaves ripped from Africa and brought to the U.S., Obama said, did not leave their religion at the shore. He added that religious liberty guaranteed in the Constitution didn’t come with an asterisk, quoting Thomas Jefferson’s declaration that “the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan [or Muslim]” were all to be protected.
Looking out across the room, he marked the contributions of Muslims within American society. He asked the service-members in the audience to stand and thanked them for their service. He cheered Ibtihaj Muhammad, the champion fencer who will become the first U.S. athlete to compete while wearing a hijab during the 2016 Summer Olympics.
“Muslim Americans are some of the most resilient and patriotic Americans you’ll ever meet, he said.
And through the personal letters he gets from Muslims of all ages across the country, he noted the fear many feel just being themselves.
President Obama spoke of a mother whose “heart cries every night” thinking about how her child could face taunts and bullying at school.
He mentioned a 13-year-old girl from Ohio who simply wrote, “I’m scared.” Before the speech, the president got a sense of how Muslims are feeling first hand. He sat down with about a dozen people from across the country for open dialogue about the state of their community.
 
Obama slammed “inexcusable” anti-Muslim rhetoric. “An attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths,” he said. “We can’t be bystanders to bigotry. Together, we have to show that America truly protects all faiths.”
 
The president’s historic first visit to a mosque while in office had been long awaited by many, but for some—like Sabah Muktar, the young woman who introduced the President on Wednesday, it came just in time.
“This visit by our president is an affirmation to all Muslims we are just as American as any other,” she said.


Source: Time Magazine

88 comments:

glowy shoe said...

aww how nice..we are all one truly

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tsalz c.e.o said...

Sweet man.. God bless u sir

acid man(linda's husband) said...

Man of the pple...we luv u..

Charles Okafor said...

One of d best presidents..














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Musa Danjuma ll said...

Correct Man!

Men of God said...

Yes, but in this country some Muslims seem to make us realize it is to the contrary. Well, we are here means we have come. Are we going to run?


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Adebayo Charles said...

Yes oo...one love is all what we are preaching

A*B Nice said...

Okay...

YOUNGBUHARI said...

Yeah. Not all Muslims are terrorist.

Achi Izuegbunem said...

So so true....It is just those terrorist/ and fanatics whom always committ evil..in the of d religion....!!!

Alloy Chikezie said...

Good of him

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Anonymous said...

Thats my president...

Nnenne George said...

Obama plz they're your family and not mine. Light and darkness have no business together. Islam is a religion built on hate and terrorism.. God forbid bad thing..

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Ngene Olivia said...

Eiya














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HUSBAND MATERIAL said...

That's way to go.. Donald Trump guess ur learning

Babylawyer. said...

Obama we see u and we know ur for hillary needles to be this obvious. Trump take note.

@Lindaikeji No. I FAN

ugo gerald said...

The president of the world

charles obuseh said...

Lie, thier all torrorist, kill dem all, cursed religion

loveth ugwu said...

Muslims are nothing better to relate with

freeborn zinalima said...

Hmmm obama make i dey wath you.
Muslims are ur family not my family.i cannot call a Muslim a family,i like calling a snake a friend all Muslims ae killers and terrorist.
























#sad indeed

Y.F.C. Omrex said...

OK later we go hear gbooooooooom.

Pretty face said...

It's good to promote peace despite tribe culture or religion

Gbolahan Shogbade said...

There will be no President like Obama, he is the best they ever had

Chomsy said...

That's how it should be. One ppl, one God. Good morning fams, hope you guys all slept well. God bless our day Amen. meanwhile, Lin Lin u rock more than a rock

DBANJ CRUSH said...

Man of the people,God bless you jare..unlike dat stupid donald trump







LINDA NOTIFY DBANJ

DashenDuch said...

how I love this man.I want to be like him (yes him)when I grow up

Joyous babe,Linda ikeji first cousin said...

Good for him.better president

Snow white said...

What a president

Joyous babe,Linda ikeji first cousin said...

Good for for him

Anonymous said...

Im particularly excited that Muslim Americans would know what it feels like to be taunted and discriminated against. Sincerely, a gay one.

precious green said...

Lol,
If I hear..

Ngozi Ebere said...

Good move by Mr president

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Dats wat it's supposed to be


...merited happiness

Snow white said...

Good speech frm obama....1 love

Snow white said...

Good speech frm president obama....1 love

linda's bestie said...

Uhmmmmmmmmmm

Sharon Luke said...

Hope their will understand
And stop killing innocent pple.
God will see us through

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Yeah! We're equal children of God

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badmos olanrewaju said...

Masha laa

Donjazzycrush said...

peaceful man.












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temple amadi said...

I hope those violent mofos blow you and your country up since u can't openly frown at that hateful religion

samson adele said...

Truly we are all ONE! No matter our religion.

Vivian Reginalds said...

Abeg next
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Jamila Shaibu said...

Soo cool.

Solomon Chukwuka said...

Peace in the world

Bonita Bislam said...

Obama is a born leader.Those who don't wanna accept the fact that God placed us on this planet to co-exist & live peacefully should go form their own planet

Ogenah Boris said...

Nice one Obama. The world have to unite regardless of Region and tribe and fight terrorism and other socia vices

Juliet Iwuno said...

He is the President and he couldn't have said otherwise. Linda take note!

7F098C19 said...

He waited till that foolish trump lost out. Good one mr President, u behaved like a trained African leader. Just like GEJ. Engr Emy

SAY THE TRUTH said...

Good one Obama

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Anonymous said...

nice one Obama

LOTO-CHARLES EUREAY said...

True talk. But wait all these years terrorism has been attached to Muslims. Why is it that none of their renowned sheik or cleric or whatever they call themselves condemn these isis illiterates and make the world know that they Are not fighting for allah and defend the quran smh

kene2chukwu said...

not alway one

Nenyechi said...

Better man

GREAtson Vieriche CJ said...

Exactly the kind of message that would come from the great Obama! All muslims are not terrorists.

keke driver said...

Someone please tell that to daft drump *smugs*

danex said...

this man get head i swear, he thinks.

IamT-vee said...

Good luck with that brah...

Anonymous said...

No were not! Obama are u mad?

Adihuba Chibueze said...

Nice one Obama... forget that loser called trump,he is a big time loser.

Genesis said...

Musims sorry extremist don't have families cos they are terrorist and destroyer even saddists.

Genesis said...

Musims sorry extremist don't have families cos they are terrorist and destroyer even saddists.

Anonymous said...

No need....nuel

MiddleBelt Voice said...

Hmmm,the palpable fear of islam and bigotry across the world is well established...

zully said...

God bless barrack Obama





zully says so! !!!

Uche Anaekwe said...

A man of the people,he has done well for America and that is why senseless Republicans like trump should not be elected

Miriam Aguzie said...

Tell them#Lindangwanu#

alaba eniola said...

we r one indeed!



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Olusola Agbaje said...

God bless Obama..!But d true Muslims shd try as much as possible to preach against practising d religion in a fake manner with some false beliefs.The act of wickedness and Islamic radicalization shd stop!

mizz diamond said...

God bless you.and grant you wisdom to lead the world

Psalmuelle aka Samstone. said...

God bless you man.

#LIB ADDICT#

chinelo okafor said...

Kikikiki, but some of them are actualy sweet and nice, I have come across some Good ones, and yes, their are some bad ones too, Bokohari is one of them, and na God go Punish Bokohari and his Cohorts.

chinelo okafor said...

Keep smoking dry shit,






Jisieike na ata nsi kpolunku inugo?


Agadi na agwo ofe.

chinelo okafor said...

LMAO!



Obi adiakwa gi mma.

chinelo okafor said...

How far Nah? Linda kwanu??





Tired Already.















Kikikiki, ko Easy ooooooooooo.

chinelo okafor said...

And Pretty Heart Too.





















Lol

chinelo okafor said...

Bless u Too.

chinelo okafor said...

President of the World!! President of the People!! That's it, representing the whole World, unlike bokohari that only knows the North and represent them alone.








Bokohari na God Go Punish U.

Peace nwadire said...

That's why Muslim can't stop troubling ur country, cos they don't take you the way you take them. If you embrace evil, it Wil grow and start haunting you at the end. They are not my family biko

AbokiDaWarriBoy said...

Smh ignorance!!!

uche ekwulugo said...

Wise words from a wise man..



AJ MAIN BOY...

jeffchika said...

Nwa nmefu...tueh!

Eric Nesty aka LIB'S FINEST said...

Correct president.
May u live long.

#FINEST #FINEST #FINEST #FINEST

Anonymous said...

We are not one dear obama,
cause we are not serving one God..

Anonymous said...

Useless president, terrorist. Go back to Somalia.

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