Saturday, July 21, 2012

America's Muslim President celebrates Islamic holiday

In an interview with Nicholas Kristof, published in The New York Times, Obama recited the Muslim call to prayer, the Adhan, "with a first-class [Arabic] accent" [and said] the Muslim call to prayer is "one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset." -- Yahoo News

Statement from the current occupant of the White House in the USA:
"This year, Ramadan holds special meaning for those citizens in the Middle East and North Africa who are courageously achieving democracy and self-determination and for those who are still struggling to achieve their universal rights. The United States continues to stand with those who seek the chance to decide their own destiny, to live free from fear and violence, and to practice their faith freely. Here in the United States, Ramadan reminds us that Islam is part of the fabric of our Nation, and that — from public service to business, from healthcare and science to the arts — Muslim Americans help strengthen our country and enrich our lives," Obama said.

"Even as Ramadan holds profound meaning for the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims, it is also a reminder to people of all faiths of our common humanity and the commitment to justice, equality, and compassion shared by all great faiths. In that spirit, I wish Muslims across America and around the world a blessed month, and I look forward to again hosting an iftar dinner here at the White House. Ramadan Kareem," Obama said.
Editor's note - He issued no such statement to Christians in celebration of Easter this year. (H/t Politico)

8 comments:

KN@PPSTER said...

"He issued no such statement to Christians in celebration of Easter this year."

Don;t you check ANY claim before you make it?

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
April 7, 2012

For millions of Americans, this weekend is a time to celebrate redemption at God’s hand. Tonight, Jews will gather for a second Seder, where they will retell the story of the Exodus. And tomorrow, my family will join Christians around the world as we thank God for the all-important gift of grace through the resurrection of His son, and experience the wonder of Easter morning.

These holidays have their roots in miracles that took place thousands of years ago. They connect us to our past and give us strength as we face the future. And they remind us of the common thread of humanity that connects us all.

For me, and for countless other Christians, Easter weekend is a time to reflect and rejoice. Yesterday, many of us took a few quiet moments to try and fathom the tremendous sacrifice Jesus made for all of us.
Tomorrow, we will celebrate the resurrection of a savior who died so that we might live.

And throughout these sacred days, we recommit ourselves to following His example. We rededicate our time on Earth to selflessness, and to loving our neighbors. We remind ourselves that no matter who we are, or how much we achieve, we each stand humbled before an almighty God.

Christ’s triumph over death holds special meaning for Christians. But all of us, no matter how or whether we believe, can identify with elements of His story. The triumph of hope over despair. Of faith over doubt.
The notion that there is something out there that is bigger than ourselves.

These beliefs help unite Americans of all faiths and backgrounds. They shape our values and guide our work. They put our lives in perspective.

So to all Christians celebrating the Resurrection with us, Michelle and I want to wish you a blessed and Happy Easter. And to all Americans, I hope you have a weekend filled with joy and reflection, focused on the things that matter most. God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.

jgeleff said...

Dueling religions. Come on, lets talk about shit that matters. Like baseball.

carole said...

Don't you Americans have any brains? I hear constantly that The President is a Muslim. Then, how come you all were giving him a hard time,about his Pastor in Chicago, when he was a nominee for President??? You can't have it both ways!!! He isn't and never was a Muslim.! (And if he was, look what that would do for America, people worldwide would think you had a democracy here) that would never catch on.!!!

7530eea8-d988-11e1-9dc0-000f20980440 said...

Well no, he wouldn't check that claim. That would prove his entire story as false, which defeats the whole purpose of his existence!

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peleincubus said...

i feel sorry for you

PhillieG said...

"People" lik Eric Dondero do not need facts, they only get in the way of his hateful spewing. This is just an extension of the FAUX News Crowd.
If you tell a lie long enough, people will start to believe it...
Yes, President Obama loves terrorists to death...that's why he keeps sending drones!

Romulus said...

I thought Obama was from Kenya. So how does he have a "first class" Arabic accent? Is Kenya in the Middle East now? I can never keep track of Republican geography!