Obama: ‘Muslim Americans Keep Us Safe’

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Seeking to rebut what he views as perilous election-year bombast about Muslims, President Barack Obama was at a mosque in Baltimore today, his first visit to such a site in the United States.

“Muslim Americans keep us safe,” Obama told the audience, crediting the contributions Muslims have made to communities. “They are our police. They are our fire fighters. They’re in (the Department of) Homeland Security.”

At the Islamic Society of Baltimore, a 47-year-old mosque with thousands of attendees, Obama heralded the contributions of Muslims to American society while issuing a forceful counterpoint to the language favored by some Republican presidential candidates like Donald Trump, according to White House officials.

“We’ve seen an alarming willingness on the part of some Republicans to try to marginalize law-abiding, patriotic Muslim Americans,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday. “It’s just offensive to a lot of Americans who recognize that those kinds of cynical political tactics run directly contrary to the values that we hold dear in this country. And I think the President is looking forward to the opportunity to make that point.”

Obama has visited mosques in the past, but never inside the United States, which is home to 2.75 million Muslims, according to the Pew Research Center. Many Muslim groups have called for him to schedule a stop at a U.S. mosque as a public rejection of Islamophobia, the same way President George W. Bush did in the days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. WDSU

 

{CB Frommer-Matzav.com Newscenter}

14 COMMENTS

  1. Yeah, Muslims will be our police officers if POTUS has his way, and they will all be working on orders to shoot (or stab, or most likely, behead) first, and ask questions never.

  2. President Obama ensures that our country remains multicultural and limits the power of those who would forcibly convert everyone to Christianity. He keeps Jews safe!

  3. “They are our police. They are our fire fighters. They’re in (the Department of) Homeland Security.”

    So why didn’t the US State Department allow Orthodox Jews from Iran to work for them in intelligence when they had so much to offer in SECURING THIS COUNTRY???! The State Dept. are rabid Anti Semites! It doesn’t make a difference who is in power. Both parties hate us equally.

  4. “We’ve seen an alarming willingness on the part of some Republicans to try to marginalize law-abiding, patriotic Muslim Americans,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday. What a disgusting blatant pandering lie. On a national scale you have Trump acting like a bigoted buffoon re: immigrants, but even he isn’t “…marginaliz[ing] law-abiding, patriotic Muslim Americans”. A lie is bad enough, but this kind of sickening smear against millions of people is well beyond that.

  5. all you americans–remember that islam regards you as much of an infidel as it regards the jews. havent you gotten that message yet? we are in severe danger when our local ‘muslim in chief’ leaves with many american secrets

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