When President Obama spoke at an Islamic center in Baltimore on February 3, his message couldn’t have been more clear: “Muslim Americans are some of the most resilient and patriotic Americans you’ll ever meet,” he said. His words have been widely praised on social media.
The president recognized the Muslim Americans in attendance, members of Congress and members of the U.S. armed forces among them, but addressed millions of Muslim Americans and their non-Muslim neighbors. “Muslim Americans enrich our lives today in every way,” said the president. “They’re our neighbors,” he added, pointing to the many contributions made by Muslim citizens — as teachers, doctors and scientists, as police, firefighters and soldiers — who “keep us strong and united as one American family.”
In America, Obama said, “an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths.”