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Obama to visit US mosque to “celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation”

“President Obama will make the first visit during his presidency to a U.S. mosque, the White House announced Saturday, as the administration tries to promote religious tolerance at a time when rhetoric linking Islam with terrorism is growing.”

Yes, here’s some rhetoric linking Islam with terrorism: the latest Islamic State video is called “Kill them wherever you find them,” which is a quotation from the Qur’an (2:191, 4:89, 9:5). And a few weeks ago, a convert to Islam named Edward Archer shot and seriously wounded Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett, and then explained: “I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic state. That is why I did what I did.” Will Obama take up these examples (and there are many more) of Muslims linking Islam to terrorism when he visits the mosque, and challenge the mosque and other U.S. mosques to put in place honest, transparent and inspectable programs that teach against the understanding of Islam that gives rise to jihad violence?

And what contributions have Muslims made to our nation? They’ve spurred advances in airport security, to be sure, but what else? As long as he is celebrating these contributions, could the President kindly give us a list?


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