President Obama Praised Muslim Americans In Speech at Islamic Society In Baltimore

Time: 9:25 p.m. CEST

President Barack Obama entered into Islamic Society in Baltimore during his first visit ever to a Muslim religious place inside the United States. In Baltimore, Maryland, on Wednesday, Obama explained the contribution of Muslims to the United States and made it as a counterpoint to heated rhetoric created after recent events involving Muslims across the U.S.

During a speech before the Muslim Americans in Baltimore, Obama tried as a president, not only to appeal to one of the basic principles of the American society – religious freedom – but also to share his view as a Christian for the importance to overcome differences and work on diversity.

President Obama pointed out that, “a lot of Americans have never visited a mosque.” He appealed to the residents of the United States, “to the folks watching this today who have think of your own church, or synagogue, or temple. And a mosque like this will be very familiar. This is where families come to worship and express their love for God and for each other.”

Deep connection with Islam religion and the United States Obama located even in the thinking of the Founding Fathers. “Thomas Jefferson explained that the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom he wrote was designed to protect all fates. And I am quoting Thomas Jefferson now: “The Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan.” Jefferson and John Adams have their own copies of the Koran, Obama said.

The President expressed the gratitude for the generations of Muslim Americans who “helped to build our nations. They were part of the flow of immigrants who became farmers and merchants.”

Obama referred to the news and movies, which sometimes does not reflect the Muslim characters.

“Our television shows should have the Muslim characters that are unrelated to national security. It is not hard thing to do. Although, there was a time when there were no Black people on television, and you can tell good stories while representing the reality of our communities,” Obama said.

But, the centerpiece of the address at the Islamic Society of Baltimore was the common fight against religious extremism. “Even though overwhelming majority of the world’s Muslims embraces Islam as a source of peace, it is undeniable that a small fraction propagates a perverted interpretation of Islam,” Obama explained.

“This is the truth. Force like al-Qaida, ISIL are not first extremists in history to misuse God’s name. We have seen across faiths, but right now, there is organized, extremist element that draw selectively from Islamic tests, twist them in order to justify their killing and their terror,” Obama said.

“Groups like ISIL are desperate for legitimacy.  They try to portray themselves as religious leaders and holy warriors who speak for Islam.  I refuse to give them legitimacy.  We must never give them that legitimacy. They’re not defending Islam.  They’re not defending Muslims.  The vast majority of the people they kill are innocent Muslim men, women and children, ” Obama explained.

 Obama appealed to the freedom of religion. “If we’re serious about freedom of religion — and I’m speaking now to my fellow Christians who remain the majority in this country — we have to understand an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths,” Obama said.

The tragedies in Boston, Chattanooga, and San Bernardino echoed in Obama’s address. Obama said that those extremist elements “combine with false claims that west and America are at War with Islam.” Even though, this warped thinking is there and crates pressures and tensions that burden the overwhelming majority of citizens, Obama emphasized that majority of the Muslim Americans are most resilient and patriotic Americans you will ever meet.

The President appealed to Muslims around the world. “Across the Islamic world, influential voices should consistently speak out with an affirmative vision of their faith. And it’s happening.  These are the voices of Muslim clerics who teach that Islam prohibits terrorism, for the Koran says whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind,” Obama said.

In the United States, according to Pew Research Center, live 2.75 million Muslims.

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6 thoughts on “President Obama Praised Muslim Americans In Speech at Islamic Society In Baltimore

  1. Aleksandra,What you say about most Muslims is true. But years after Thomas Jefferson wrote those words of acceptance, he wrote this,
    And I have a friend who is ex-Muslim and a Doctor, so I already knew more than I wanted to know about Islam. 
    One thing that we should know is in our history. It was about the year 1800.

    Thomas Jefferson and John Adams asked the Ambassador of Tripoli why they were attacking U.S. merchant ships and enslaving the sailors without provocation from the U.S.

    Thomas Jefferson then wrote a letter to John Jay that read:

    “The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman [Muslim] who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”

    This is loosely based upon the Qur’an’s teaching from Surah 47:4 which reads,

    “Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens. Thus (are ye commanded): but if it had been Allah’s Will, He could certainly have exacted retribution from them (Himself); but (He lets you fight) in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the Way of Allah,- He will never let their deeds be lost.”

    This cycle of violent and unprovoked oppression started with Muhammad and has been repeated throughout the 1300 plus year history of Islam, having at one time conquered and held 3 times as many square miles as the ancient Roman empire.

    Violence is a part of Islamic history and doctrine. A truth that always keeps coming back.

    • Violence is part of our everyday life, regardless religion. Full history of mankind is associated with violence. Neither region was saved as a use of means to create violence or cause wars. I would just quote Luke 12, 2 “For there is nothing covered that would not be revealed, nor hidden that would not be known.”

    • I read my self some books where, I must be honest I was disturbed with what I wrote, but neither Bible stays away of the sometimes harsh comments of those marked as sinful. But, we are in 21st century and wee should take of the religions values of good, not the bad ones.

      • 31“Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”fn

        32Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.

        33“For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

        34Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”

        35And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

        36“But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.

        37“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.

        38“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

        39“This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.

        40“And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
        (The Gospel of John 6:31-40, The Bible )
        Eternal life is a gift Aleksandra, only believe and ask Christ to be your Savior, He will never leave you nor forsake you.
        God bless

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