President Obama sees ‘time of spiritual renewal’ for Muslims
[According to the Big-O, Islam means “religion of peace” because of its root word “salaam” meaning “peace” rather then “submission” i.e., to the will of Allah (by force if necessary); he should know, because as a youth he studied in an Islamic madrassa (religious school) in Indonesia]
Catholic World News – July 26, 2016
At a recent White House reception to mark the end of Ramadan, President Barack Obama paid tribute to Muslim values.
“For Muslims across the United States and around the world, this is a time of spiritual renewal — a time to reaffirm your duty to serve one another, especially the least fortunate among us,” he said. “And it’s a time to reflect on the values that guide you in your faith — gratitude, compassion and generosity.”
He continued, “And it’s a reminder that those values of Islam — which comes from the word salaam, meaning peace — are universal. They bind us all, regardless of our race or religion or creed, in a common purpose, and that is in our shared commitment to the dignity of every human being.”
President Obama added:
We’ve seen a spike in Muslim Americans, including children, being attacked, mosques being targeted, especially during the final, holiest days of Ramadan. And that shouldn’t be happening in the United States of America.
Singling out Muslim Americans, moreover, feeds the lie of terrorists like ISIL that the West is somehow at war with a religion that includes over a billion adherents. That’s not smart national security. In fact, it is ISIL and al Qaeda, and organizations like those that are waging war on Muslim communities, even during the holy month. And discriminating against Muslim Americans is also an affront to the very values that already make our nation great.