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Obama links Muslim-American Achievement to 9/11

by Keith Koffler on August 11, 2011, 11:47 am

President Obama used the annual Iftar dinner at the White House last night to link Muslim achievement in the United States to the 9/11 attacks as the tenth anniversary of the terrorist strike approaches.

Obama’s choice to make his Iftar speech about Muslim contributions and patriotism in the shadow of 9/11 is to willfully pretend that there are no issues related to Muslim’s role in U.S. society that need to be addressed.

This evening reminds us of both the timeless teachings of a great religion and the enduring strengths of a great nation.  Like so many faiths, Islam has always been part of our American family, and Muslim Americans have long contributed to the strength and character of our country, in all walks of life.  This has been especially true over the past 10 years.

In one month, we will mark the 10th anniversary of those awful attacks that brought so much pain to our hearts.  It will be a time to honor all those that we’ve lost, the families who carry on their legacy, the heroes who rushed to help that day and all who have served to keep us safe during a difficult decade.  And tonight, it’s worth remembering that these Americans were of many faiths and backgrounds, including proud and patriotic Muslim Americans.

Much of the speech continues in the same vein.

Linking Muslim achievement to an attack perpetrated in the name of Islam is to assertively say that Muslims have no responsibility for defining their relationship to America in a positive manner.

If we are to solve problems and avoid the separation between Muslims and the rest of society that we see in Europe, we can’t pretend that Muslim integration into U.S. society is a seamless process. And we must integrate Muslims into our society, for their benefit, for the society to benefit from their contributions, and for purposes of national security – to avoid homegrown Islamist terrorism.

Many American, for example, wondered why there weren’t more expressions of outrage among Muslims and their leaders after the attack, or even in the years since.

Why do I not see more of this patriotic face of Islam of which Obama speaks? I’d like to.

Here’s what what perhaps the famous U.S. Muslim leader, Feisal Abdul Rauf, said of the 9/11 tragedy.

I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened. But the United States’ policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.

Rauf is a known as a moderate Muslim leader who says he is trying to build bridges. He was the public face of the effort to construct the Ground Zero mosque.

There have been two fatal attacks by Muslim radicals on U.S. soldiers within the United States in the last two years.

Serious debate even within Islam exists on the extent to which observance of Sharia law conflicts with democracy. Muslims have an obligation to ensure, as other religions do, that their religious laws are subservient in both thought and practice to the laws of the United States.

Textbooks at a major Islamic school in Northern Virginia were found to teach students that it is okay for Muslims to kill adulterers and converts from Islam and that “The Jews conspired against Islam and its people.”

A Gallup survey on Muslim attitudes released this month raises some concerns about Muslims’ role in society, though it mitigates others.

Sixty nine percent of Mulsims say they very or extremely strongly identify with the United States, compared to 86 percent of Jews, 88 percent of Catholics, 91 percent of Protestants, and 92 percent of Mormons.

But Muslims in the United States are hardly wild eyed extremists looking to extend the Caliphate to St. Louis.

Only 65 percent said they at least very strongly identified with their religious group, compared to 70 percent of Protestants and 90 percent of Mormons, and a mere 37 percent said the very or extremely strongly identify with “those worldwide who share your religious identity” – the lowest of any major religion.

So there is tremendous hope that the United States can avoid Europe’s divided fate and the bellicose Muslim extremism there that leads to terrorism.

But there are problems in the United States. And using the Iftar dinner to extol Muslim achievement related to 9/11 is an agressive way of saying “Move along, please, nothing to see here.”

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Tom August 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Really? Like how the Muslim Americans have been so adamant in condemning the actions of those among them who caused that date to be etched in our minds forever, I’m sure!

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Catfur August 11, 2011 at 12:15 pm

..has this clown EVER said anything positive about Republicans…conservatives…Christians…???….no…to him, THOSE are the real enemies.

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Just2old August 11, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Right, and the way I see it Keith is that all successful races, religions that have come to this country have been successful when they assimilated into our culture (e.g. Irish, Germans, Chinese, Japanese, etc.). I don’t see recent Muslim immigrants wanting nor trying to assimilate. Take a look at Dearbornistan, Michigan for instance. When the Irish were presented with discrimination and cast as the lowest of the low they worked hard and slowly assimilated into society and were successful. Until that happens with the American Muslim community, I don’t think they ever will be productive members of our country,,,,they certainly have a chance though because we are a tolerant lot IF you obey our laws and not try and live by your own that conflict with ours and our culture.

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Keith Koffler August 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I agree. Non-assimilation is something new. We see it in the effort to make Spanish our second language as well. We have a successful culture here. Our unity, unlike any other country, is based on ideas, not on race or creed. People have to sign on to those ideas.

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jan August 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

From WHD archives….not exactly even handed when dealing with the major religions but he is a devoted Christian. And I am the tooth fairy.

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/04/25/easter-greeting/

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Just2old August 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Guess he’s not courting the Christian vote. But, he’ll find out how we vote in Nov 2012!

Generic Republican 2012!

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srdem65 August 11, 2011 at 12:59 pm

When the President gives a speech to a religious group praising their contributions to our country while simultaneously ordering the death of their brothers and the destruction of their homelands, he has a credibility problem.
Not one of the dinner guests would dump their water glass on MrO if his suit caught on fire last night.
Not one of the dinner guests will send a message to their former countrymen to stop the hatred of all things American because MrO gave a speech at the dinner.
Not one of the dinner guests will allow their women to join American women in the freedoms that they enjoy.
If there were no searches or vetting made of the dinner guests, one of them would have brought a weapon and attacked the President.

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JohnDave August 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm

“President” Obonzo, the Traitor/Liar/Poser/Socialist/Ruiner-in-Chief,
is ruining America as fast as he can, by any means he can. This is just
another example of what a threat he is. Before too long I’m expecting a serious assasination attempt or military coup.

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sportinlife10 August 11, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Terrifc post, Keith. Hope it makes Drudge.
As I’ve said before, whatever he is, it ain’t American.

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Keith Koffler August 11, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Thanks sportinlife.

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The Original August 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm

He also is not much of a Christian either. I haven’t seen much proof of it.

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lc southern August 11, 2011 at 1:08 pm

OMG, I’m at a loss for words!

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Anonna August 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I wonder exactly how many muslims were involved in victim roles in 9-11.

The gender apartheid in islam will forever prevent its people from becoming assililated to American ideals. Don’t believe what you are told about women “choosing” to wear cloth cages. It would be unsafe for them to say anything else, so their testimony on the matter is useless.

Muslim people come here to escape what their religion has created in foreign countries. Their presence here becomes the vehicle for those problems to travel into our nation.

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jan August 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I have been searching for that number (muslims killed, not including the terrorists ) and have found best guesstimates are 23-30. About 3/4 0f 1%.

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Anonna August 11, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Twenty three to thirty — Obama is really stretching to try to make that seem like a meaningful muslim presence among the victims. I do not want to denigrate the sorrow and grieving of their families, please, no one get that impression.

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William August 11, 2011 at 1:27 pm

So I guess they’re not bitter. Or clinging to religion.

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Sara B August 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Americans in general would appreciate a heartfelt speech like that after the deaths of our Navy Seals or the victims at Fort Hood from Obama but he saves it for the few who were collateral damage of radical islamists on 9-11.

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Scullman August 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm

“Rauf is a known as a moderate Muslim leader who says he is trying to build bridges. He was the public face of the effort to construct the Ground Zero mosque.”

Too bad Rauf doesn’t know what I know: The FDNY, NYPD and ALL the trade unions in New York City (Iron workers, Electrical workers, Sheet metal etc.) all of them party together on Long Beach and the Rockaways during the summer, softball leagues, touch football, they hire each other as contractors and sub out work to each other, marry sisters and brothers, get it?

That mosque will never see the light of day. Period.

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Anonna August 11, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Scullman, what makes you think the muslims abroad who want this victory mosque built won’t just fly in a crew of illegals to get the work done overnight or as good as? You underestimate their power riches, and commitment to getting their way.

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Scullman August 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

‘Cause I’ve heard from the horses mouth, that it’ll be a competition to see which Trade Union (who’s friends lost 343 of their Firefighter brothers two blocks away) get the most pig carcass’s over the the chain link fence and onto the “Mosque” property after the Park Place demo is done.

It has the makings of an Olympic event.

Now, why don’t you go spend some time and discover for yourself how many Islamic structures has gone up after the ground for the building has been “desecrated” with the dreaded Pig.

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Scullman August 12, 2011 at 10:31 am

And by the way, Annona:

Nobody gets a tinker-toy set built in New York City without the Union Building Trades.

It’s not about “illegal workers flown in”, it’s about the Union heads and the NYC building inspectors, all of whom despise this mook, Rauf, and his cronies.

Right now, Union Ironworkers are building the Freedom Tower at Ground Zero. If you could hang around when they go to lunch, you could see the “No Mosque” decals on their hard hats.

Haven’t seen a hard hat without one.

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Susan August 11, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Bet he didn’t mention the blockbuster movie due to come out 3 weeks before the election? The movie that is supposed show what a commander he is, making his historic gutsy call and all. They’ll probably leave out the photos of him out on the golf course the day it went down. Will they include the latest terrorist attack on our special forces in Afghanistan? Probably not. Of course Sony says the movie has been in the works for years. Yeah right. That April fundraiser Sony threw for him had nothing to do with anything I’m sure. These crooks are trading favors right in front of us and they know there isn’t a darn thing we can do about it. Hurry up November 2012.

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aaron fleszar August 11, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Osama Obama Biden Bin Laden
NO COINCIDENCE

Obama is not the president, he’s the acting president. He disappeared for 2 weeks after his election win only to reappear looking exhausted sitting next to John McCain, with a bad poker face, for a press photo shoot. Obama was turned into a Pentagon puppet ever since.

Too many stories in the news are completely fabricated to generate chatter for the feds. They have the majority of comments on many news sites, many software generated, and are actively involved in the moderation of sites since the “death” of Osama Bin Laden.

A military coup d’etat began in 2008 with the introduction of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate.

Osama Bin Laden is a name and a code. It appears he was created by the New World Order. The New World Order consists of some of the richest people in the world with the goal of overthrowing the US government, some from inside our own government. They are also trying to collapse our currency and are behind all of the “buy gold” hype, not to mention thousands of money making opportunities online and late night infomercials. They are positioned to make billions by collapsing our economy.

The attacks on 9/11 appear to be attacks on capitalism. The people that make up the New World Order are media moguls, CEO’s and many others. The coup is also the reason why all the CEOs who ran in the last midterm didn’t get elected either.

You will not read about this in the media since most of the media has been forced to cooperate or have been paid to cooperate.

What you’re about to learn is true and not embellished in anyway. Here’s what Obama, Osama, Biden, Bin Laden, the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists, and Sarah Palin had to do with the last election and the military’s overthrow of our government.

Do not hesitate to call the Pentagon, the CIA, the FBI and all branches of the federal government and remind them who they work for. Obama doesn’t need to be signing anymore things into law. Enough is enough!

http://ElectNoMoreSpys.blogspot.com/

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jeff August 11, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Share that weed dangit

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aubreyfarmer August 14, 2011 at 11:38 am

This is not the first coup attempt on the US government. Prescott Bush the great grand dad or Bush Jr. also was part of a plot to overthrow our government and put install a military dictatorship. They enlisted the help of General Smedley Butler. He went along with the plot just long enough to get the details and then turned them in to the FBI. Roosevelt made a deal with the conspirators and it was swept under the carpet. The Zionists are at it again. Their occupation of our government is complete, now all they need to do is create a pretext to the declaration of martial law. We are in serious jeopardy of losing our Republic. 911 was an inside job and is being used to dismantle our Constitution and take away our inalienable rights.

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sportinlife10 August 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm

The o as moslem does have its points: dare we hope to see the little woman in a burqa?

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jeff August 11, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Im almost to the point I just quit reading about this idiot anymore.. Think Apple makes a app that blocks out anything on the web to do with Barry?

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michiganruth August 11, 2011 at 8:33 pm

just2old, speaking of Dearbornistan, don’t forget the footbaths they installed at UM-Dearborn for the Muslim students that we taxpayers “footed” the bill for.

but back to this Obama fellow: is he TRYING to be as tactless as possible? who SAYS this stuff? of course, he also thinks that the Islamic world invented printing, so who the heck knows what he’s thinking.

I remember his Passover seder, where he somehow was able to make the Jews’ holiest day all about the “Arab Spring.” yet my liberal Jewish friends family think he’s just swell. still. I don’t get it.

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Just2old August 11, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Didn’t know about the foot-baths…sounds about right. By the way, I was born and raised in the People’s Republic of Ann Arbor! (St Joseph Mercy Hospital)! Do they still have the annual ‘smoke out’?

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Stefan August 12, 2011 at 9:37 am

Did Obama have a Passover seder at the White House with Jewish members of Congress and other prominent Jewish Americans?

Did he have a Christmas dinner with representatives from Christian denominations?

Just curious.

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Mike in NJ August 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm

The video of this was posted on the Whithouse Youtube channel. Oddly, when I tried to post a comment on the forum, or rate it, the video suddenly became “Private”. Yet another example of the opacity of the “transparent” Obama administration. I find it repulsive that just hours after his photo op. at Dover AFB, he was lauding all the “Muslim heros of 9/11″, and the “brave Muslim soldiers who serve with such distinction in our military.” Where this president is concerned, I have seen enough to know I have seen too much. 11/06/2012 can’t come soon enough.

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Bob P. August 13, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Only a sick, psycopath such as Barack Obama would somehow find a way to celebrate Islam in 9/11.

This guy is really mentally depraved.

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Brian August 13, 2011 at 10:51 pm

“Islam has always been part of our American family, and Muslim Americans have long contributed to the strength and character of our country, in all walks of life.”

Huh? Where were they 40 years ago? The mom and pop stores were still mom and pop stores then. Run by people primarily of the Judeo-Christian ethic. So were our factories, pharmacys and department stores.

Were they in Industry? Agriculture? Science? In Government?
Was Andrew Carnegie Muslim? Henry Ford? Jonas Salk? Albert Einstein?
How about Martin Luther King? Jackie Robinson? Thurgood Marshall?

When are we going to talk plainly?
When will we acknowledge this administration is not concerned with its mandate to protect and uphold the Constitution?

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Hal Howell August 14, 2011 at 1:33 am

Funny, but what Muslim contributions is he talking about??? There were no Muslims in the Revolutionary War, War Of 1812, Civil War or any other I can think of. They were involved in the war with Tripoli but they were on the losing side…

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fantum August 14, 2011 at 2:48 am

“Islam has always been part of our American family.”

Can you show me one Muslim signature on the United States Constitution? the Declaration of Independence? the Bill of Rights? Did Muslims fight for this country’s freedom from England?

Where were Muslims during the Civil War to free the slaves in America?

To this day Muslims are still the largest traffickers in human slavery. Obama’s own half brother, a devout Muslim, still advocates slavery himself. Muslims of Arabic descent refer to black Muslims as “pug nosed slaves.” It says a lot of what the Muslim world really thinks of your family’s “rich Islamic heritage,” doesn’t it Mr. Obama?

Where were Muslims during this country’s Woman’s Suffrage era?

Devout Muslims demand that women are subservient to men in the Islamic culture. So much so, that often they are beaten for not wearing the “hajib’” or for talking to a man who is not a direct family member or their husband. Yep, the Muslims are all for women’s rights, aren’t they?

Where were Muslims during World War II?

They were aligned with Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. The Muslim grand mufti himself met with Adolf Hitler, reviewed the troops and accepted support from the Nazis in killing Jews.

More Muslim Heritage in America… http://usataxpayer.org/htm/vids.asp?A=16782107

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aubreyfarmer August 14, 2011 at 11:26 am

Mossad agents were shadowing Mohammed Atta and others and uncovered the plot to fly the planes into the WTC complex. Then the US security apparatus and Mossad went about wiring building 1, 2, and 7 with explosives. The next step was to make sure that all barriers to the terrorists carrying out their plans were removed thereby assuring the terrorists that the attack could be completed. Runsfeld, Wolfowitz and others put their plans detailed in “The Project for a New American Century” into action. The methodology used to carry out the attack is detailed in “Operation Northwoods.” The neocons are fascists and the head of the snake are the Zionists that have occupied our government. 911 was an inside job and of this I have absolutely no doubt. The Patriot Act was put to paper before the attack ever happened. Chertoff wrote the Patriot Act and to this day is making money as a consultant selling the full body scanners to TSA as a salesman for Rapidscan the manufacturer. If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. James Madison
You can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.”
 -Ayn Rand

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