Washington, D.C. - President Barak Obama delivered a powerful hour-long State of the Union speech to the American people Tuesday night.
Washington, D.C. – President Barak Obama delivered a powerful hour-long State of the Union speech to the American people Tuesday night.
Addressing topics such as the need for adequate paying jobs, affordable child care, and gender and wage equality in the U.S., the President also highlighted the commitment of the majority of Muslims to peace. Here is what he said:
“As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we’re threatened, which is why I’ve prohibited torture, and worked to make sure our use of new technology like drones is properly constrained. It’s why we speak out against the deplorable anti-Semitism that has resurfaced in certain parts of the world. It’s why we continue to reject offensive stereotypes of Muslims — the vast majority of whom share our commitment to peace. That’s why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We do these things not only because they’re right, but because they make us safer.”
Islam enjoys an important position in the United States. Muslim communities all over the U.S. are among the most respected and successful citizens.
There are currently two Muslim congressional representatives in the American congress. The first is Keith Ellison, who was elected in 2006 to be the first Muslim American to join the congress. The second one is André Carson, who was elected in 2008 as a representative of Ohio State. Both Muslim congressmen, Allison and Carson, are affiliated with the democratic part