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State of the Union: Obama Rejects Politics Which Target People Because of Race or Religion

posted on: Jan 13, 2016

 

State of the Union: Obama Rejects Politics Which Target People Because of Race or Religion

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President Obama in his State of the Union Speech last night rejected “any politics that targets people because of race or religion.” he went on to say, “This isn’t a matter of political correctness. It’s a matter of understanding what makes us strong. The world respects us not just for our arsenal; it respects us for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith.”

His comments were in direct contrast to presidential candidate and billionaire businessman Donald Trump who has called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States and the construction of a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico to stop the flow of illegal immigrants.

Obama quoted His Holiness, Pope Francis in his address to congress, “to imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place.”

He then addressed the ongoing political rhetoric denigrating Muslims and creating a litany of vandalism and bullying against them saying, “that doesn’t make us safer, that’s not telling it like it is. It’s just wrong. It diminishes us in the eyes of the world. It makes it harder to achieve our goals. And it betrays who we are as a country.”

Obama’s State of the Union address was his last chance to address congressional representatives, Cabinet members, Supreme Court justices, key military leaders, and millions of Americans before the upcoming November election.

To see the televised speech, click here.

To read the text of the speech, click here.

Reported by Arab America