I have a huge problem with one of the passages in his speech. Here is the piece that I have problems with:
"I also want to be clear that America's relationship with the Muslim community, the Muslim world, cannot, and will not, just be based upon opposition
to terrorism. We seek broader engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect. We will listen carefully, we will bridge misunderstandings, and we will seek common ground. We will be respectful, even when we do not agree. We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country. 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."
After I heard about this passage on the radio, as I was coming home this afternoon, I got on the Internet to look for the exact text. I question one sentence more than others.
"We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so
much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country."
What has the Islamic faith done to shape the United States? We have been a country for 233 years. I am not sure how long a large number of Muslims have lived in the USA, but it cannot be very many, at least until recently.
I cannot think of one thing the Islamic faith has done to better the USA. If anyone can help me to understand what they have done, I would appreciate it.
Little Barry Soetoro has an agenda when it comes to Muslims and the Islamic faith. I believe now as I have since he burst onto the national scene that he has definite ties to Islam and I think said ties are not a good thing for the United States.
"I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." - Quote from page 261 of Obama’s book "Audacity of Hope."