US does not suppress Islam: Obama

WASHINGTON: Terming the recent anti-Muslim rhetoric in the US poll campaign as “inexcusable”, President Barack Obama has said the best way to fight terrorism is to show that the US does not suppress Islam.
“The best way to fight terrorism is to show the US does not suppress Islam and refute lies to the contrary,” Obama said in his historic address to Muslim community from a mosque in Baltimore, Maryland.
In his first visit to a mosque in the US, Obama yesterday referred to the recent political rhetoric against Muslims in the country, where Christians are in majority, and said Americans cannot be silent bystanders to bigotry against any faith.
“An attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths,” Obama said as he mentioned the recent attacks against the Muslim community and also cited assaults on Sikh Americans who look like them.
Americans must speak up when any group is targeted. We have to respect the fact that we have freedom of religion,” Obama said.
“I know that in Muslim communities across our country this is a time of concern and, frankly, a time of some fear. Like all Americans, you’re worried about the threat of terrorism, but on top of that, as Muslim-Americans, you also have another concern, and that is your entire community so often is targeted or blamed for the violent acts of the very few,” the US President said. Referring to the recent attacks on Muslim Americans, Obama said since 9/11, but more recently since the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, they have seen too often people conflating the horrific acts of terrorism with the beliefs of an entire faith.

One Response to "US does not suppress Islam: Obama"

  1. JRuss   February 5, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    To America’s shame there has been periods in our history of xenophobia and discrimination hysteria shown by the nations fearful ignorant and bigots against many minorities and immigrants in our nation. The Irish, Japanese, Germans, Catholics, Mormons, and of course the peoples of darker skin to name a few. Today Muslim’s are the cause de jure bogyman of the intolerant unenlightened. And where and why have these dogmatist found refuge? In the Republican Party’s over 40 year recruitment of the nations intolerant with their “Southern Strategy”. Unfortunately their strategy not only has been stunningly successful but now the ignorant and intolerant have become the majority and before our eyes taking control of the Party. The Republican’s are reaping their well deserved whirlwind. Let’s see in the coming months if they don’t chock on their clever strategy.