Thursday, February 19, 2015

Obama: 'Islam Has Been Woven Into the Fabric of Our Country Since Its Founding'

February 19, 2015
President Barack Hussein Obama on 'violent extremism'
President Barack Obama speaks at the White House summit on 'violent extremism' on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
( - We hear a lot about the United States' Judeo-Christian heritage, but according to President Obama, "Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding."
That's what the president told a White House conference on "countering violent extremism" on Wednesday.

Obama has said similar things in the past:

"I also know that Islam has always been a part of America’s story,” Obama said in a June 2009 speech in Cairo, Egypt. "Islam has always been part of America," he said in a 2010 statement marking the start of Ramadan. And in a 2014 statement marking Eid, Obama said the holiday "also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy."

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