Barack Hussein Obama marked the end of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan on Wednesday by demanding that all Americans renew their commitment to protecting Muslim in the United States against bigotry and xenophobia.
“Muslim Americans have been part of our American family since its founding,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House on the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr. “This Eid, we recommit to protecting Muslim Americans against bigotry and xenophobia, while celebrating the contributions of Muslim Americans around the country, including one of our finest, the People’s Champion Muhammad Ali, to whom we bade farewell this Ramadan.”
According to Politico, Obama went on to shower Muslim Americans with praise for making America stronger before acknowledging a series of recent attacks around the world “that broke our hearts and tried our souls.”
“Our prayers are with the hundreds of innocent lives, many of them Muslim, taken during the month of Ramadan in places like Orlando, Istanbul, Dhaka, Baghdad, and Medina,” he said. “Here at home, we’ve also seen a rise in attacks against Muslim Americans. No one should ever feel afraid or unsafe in their place of worship.”
“In the face of hate,” he added, “it’s our American values and strength that bring us together to stand in solidarity and protect one another—thereby, making our Nation stronger and safer.”
This came a month after Obama issued a statement at the beginning of Ramadan saying that he stands in solidarity with Muslim Americans “in rejection of the voices that seek to divide us or limit our religious freedoms or civil rights.”
“Far too many Muslims may not be able to observe Ramadan from the comfort of their own homes this year or afford to celebrate Eid with their children,” he said. “We must continue working together to alleviate the suffering of these individuals. This sacred time reminds us of our common obligations to uphold the dignity of every human being. We will continue to welcome immigrants and refugees into our nation, including those who are Muslim.”
It’s sickening that Obama barely acknowledges holidays like Christmas and Easter, yet he issues multiple lengthy statements for Ramadan. What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.