Visiting an American mosque for the first time as President today, Obama called out those GOP candidates who would support a ban on those of Islamic faith from entering the country, and said that this type of hateful extremism is “now who we are.”
President Obama met with community leaders at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque and then made a tremendous speech on religious freedom, which became a call to action for Americans to not be “bystanders to bigotry.”
“’We’ve heard inexcusable political rhetoric against Muslim-Americans that has no place in our country,’ he said, lauding Muslim-Americans who were sports heroes, entrepreneurs and the architect behind the skyscrapers of Chicago.”
The President’s words serve as a sharp reminder of the type of anti-Muslim rhetoric that top GOP candidates have used to rally their voting base. Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslims traveling to the U.S. and Cruz agrees, saying that our country’s laws should be based on “Judeo-Christian values.”
Obama reiterated that his purpose in visiting the mosque was to ease religious tension in America and to show our fellow Americans of Islamic faith that they, too, are part of the fabric of this country.
“‘Let me say as clearly as I can as president of the United States: you fit right here,’ Obama told the audience at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, a 47-year-old mosque with thousands of attendees. ‘You’re right where you belong. You’re part of America too. You’re not Muslim or American. You’re Muslim and American.'”
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