"The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans. Many other Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim-majority country - I know, because I am one of them"
- Barack Obama
About this Quote
This quote by Barack Obama talks to the importance of Muslim Americans in the United States. He acknowledges that many Americans have Muslims in their households or have actually lived in a Muslim-majority country, and that these experiences have enriched the United States. Obama is likewise speaking to his own personal experience, as he is among those Americans who has actually lived in a Muslim-majority nation. This quote is a suggestion that Muslim Americans are a vital part of the United States, and that their contributions must be celebrated. It is also a reminder that the United States is a varied nation, and that we ought to embrace and celebrate our distinctions. Obama's quote is a powerful reminder that we ought to strive to create a society that is inclusive and welcoming of all individuals, despite their faith or background.
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"Well, you know, Thomas Jefferson, who was the author of the Declaration of Independence said he wouldn't have any atheists in his cabinet because atheists wouldn't swear an oath to God. That was Jefferson and we have never had any Muslims in the cabinet"
"It took the Gulf War to demonstrate that America did want more than one friend in the Mideast, and also was willing to take and make major risks to prevent a small Muslim country, Kuwait, from being overrun and in effect stolen by Iraq"
"Given my last position, that I was the first U.S attorney post 9/11 in New Jersey, I understand acutely the pain and sorrow and upset of the family members who lost loved ones that day at the hands of radical Muslim extremists. And their sensitivities and concerns have to be taken into account"
"What has bothered and angered radical Muslims is that I'm a non-Muslim writing anything at all about Islam. But this is fiction, and I don't think Islam is above criticism or fictionalization any more so than Judaism, Christianity, Mormonism or Hinduism is"
"It is impossible to deny that Christians and Muslims have a common agenda here: both faiths have at their heart the living image of a community raised up by God's call to reveal to the world what God's purpose is for humanity"