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President Barack Obama greets students after he delivers remarks to students in the gymnasium at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque and Al-Rahmah School in Baltimore, Maryland, Feb. 3, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama greets students after he delivers remarks to students in the gymnasium at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque and Al-Rahmah School in Baltimore, Maryland, Feb. 3, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama on Wednesday spoke at the Islamic Society of Baltimore — his first visit to a mosque in America — on protecting our nation’s tradition of religious freedom.(Excerpts)
“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. And when any religious group is targeted, we all have a responsibility to speak up. And we have to reject a politics that seeks to manipulate prejudice or bias, and targets people because of religion.”

President Barack Obama participates in a roundtable discussion with American Muslim leaders at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque and Al-Rahmah School in Baltimore, Maryland, Feb. 3, 2016. Attendees include: Ms. Kameelah Rashad, Muslim Chaplain at University of Pennsylvania, Founder of Muslim Wellness Foundation; Imam Khalid Latif, Executive Director and Chaplain, Islamic Center at New York University; Ms. Suzanne Barakat, Doctor, San Francisco General Hospital & Founder, Our Three Winners; Mr. Rami Nashashibi, Executive Director, Inner-City Muslim Action Network; Ms. Khadija Gurnah, Founder, Project Ejaba; Champion of Change; Mr. Colin Christopher, Executive Director, Green Muslims; Ms. Ibtihaj Muhammad, United States Fencing Team; Ms. Sarah Jawaid, Community Organizer, LA Voice; Ms. Emtithal "Emi" Mahmoud, Student, Yale University; Mr. Saafir Rabb, Founder, Interculture; Dr. Edmund Tori, Associate Director of MedStar Institute for Innovation; and Imam Yaseen Sheikh, Islamic Society of Baltimore. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama participates in a roundtable discussion with American Muslim leaders at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque and Al-Rahmah School in Baltimore, Maryland, Feb. 3, 2016. Attendees include: Ms. Kameelah Rashad, Muslim Chaplain at University of Pennsylvania, Founder of Muslim Wellness Foundation; Imam Khalid Latif, Executive Director and Chaplain, Islamic Center at New York University; Ms. Suzanne Barakat, Doctor, San Francisco General Hospital & Founder, Our Three Winners; Mr. Rami Nashashibi, Executive Director, Inner-City Muslim Action Network; Ms. Khadija Gurnah, Founder, Project Ejaba; Champion of Change; Mr. Colin Christopher, Executive Director, Green Muslims; Ms. Ibtihaj Muhammad, United States Fencing Team; Ms. Sarah Jawaid, Community Organizer, LA Voice; Ms. Emtithal “Emi” Mahmoud, Student, Yale University; Mr. Saafir Rabb, Founder, Interculture; Dr. Edmund Tori, Associate Director of MedStar Institute for Innovation; and Imam Yaseen Sheikh, Islamic Society of Baltimore. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

“We can’t be bystanders to bigotry. And together, we’ve got to show that America truly protects all faiths.”
“I want to speak directly to the young people who may be listening. In our lives, we all have many identities. We are sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters. We’re classmates; Cub Scout troop members. We’re followers of our faith. We’re citizens of our country. And today, there are voices in this world, particularly over the Internet, who are constantly claiming that you have to choose between your identities — as a Muslim, for example, or an American. Do not believe them. If you’re ever wondering whether you fit in here, let me say it as clearly as I can, as President of the United States: You fit in here — right here. You’re right where you belong. You’re part of America, too. You’re not Muslim or American. You’re Muslim and American.”
“We are one American family. We will rise and fall together. It won’t always be easy. There will be times where our worst impulses are given voice. But I believe that ultimately, our best voices will win out. And that gives me confidence and faith in the future.”
(President Obama on Wednesday spoke at the Islamic Society of Baltimore — his first visit to a mosque in America — on protecting our nation’s tradition of religious freedom.) Source: The White House <info@mail.whitehouse.gov>

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