Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Obama uses Charleston shooting podium to press Islam as 'peaceful and welcoming'

Has he no shame at all? The day after the shooting, he chided America on the need for gun control. Now this, on the "peaceful" beliefs of Islam ...

President Obama used the Charleston shootings at what he called the "Mother Emanuel church" to press his point of religious tolerance for Islam, suggesting in a nationally publicized speech Americans too often discriminate against Muslims.

"Our prayers remain with Charleston and Mother Emanuel church," he said, using a nickname for the historically black church, were nine were killed, the Hill reported. 

He made the comments during a dinner to celebrate Ramadan.

He went on: "As Americans, we insist that nobody should be targeted because of who they are, or what they look like, who they love, how they worship. We stand united against these hateful acts. ... Here in America, many people personally don't know someone who is Muslim. They mostly hear about Muslims in the news, and that can obviously lead to a very distorted impression."

Obama then spoke of a recent protest outside an Arizona mosque, during which several "offensive signs against Islam and Muslims" were displayed, he said, the Hill reported.

Mosque attendees invited some of the protesters inside, and shortly after, their anti-Islam perceptions changed, Obama claimed.

"One demonstrator, who accepted the invitation later, described how the experience changed him, how he finally saw the Muslim American community for what it is – peaceful and welcoming. That's what can happen when we stop yelling and start listening."

His comments follow ones made by first lady Michelle Obama in the United Kingdom. There, she "compared her struggle to succeed as a young black woman in America to the experience of inner-city Muslim girls," as WND previously reported.

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