Who said this?
"Here in the United States our Muslim citizens are making many contributions in business, science and law, medicine and education, and in other fields. Muslim members of our Armed Forces and of my administration are serving their fellow Americans with distinction, upholding our nation's ideals of liberty and justice in a world at peace."
How about this?
"America treasures the relationship we have with our many Muslim friends, and we respect the vibrant faith of Islam which inspires countless individuals to lead lives of honesty, integrity, and morality. This year, may Eid also be a time in which we recognize the values of progress, pluralism, and acceptance that bind us together as a Nation and a global community. By working together to advance mutual understanding, we point the way to a brighter future for all."
"Islam brings hope and comfort to millions of people in my country, and to more than a billion people worldwide."
Anyone know who said this?
"Ours is a war not against a religion, not against the Muslim faith. But ours is a war against individuals who absolutely hate what America stands for,"
"Islam, as practiced by the vast majority of people, is a peaceful religion, a religion that respects others. Ours is a country based upon tolerance and we welcome people of all faiths in America."
What about this?
"We see in Islam a religion that traces its origins back to God's call on Abraham. We share your belief in God's justice, and your insistence on man's moral responsibility."
"All Americans must recognize that the face of terror is not the true faith -- face of Islam. Islam is a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world."
All of these statements and more were offered by President George W. Bush. All were offered after the most devastating terrorist attack to occur in American history, committed by terrorists who were Muslim. You can take a look at all of them at http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/infocus/ramadan/islam.html
President Bush likely will be recognized as one of the worst presidents in American history, but even his administration recognized the utter stupidity of attacking Islam with the terrorist label. Further, I didn't notice anyone vilifying him over his perfectly valid reticence toward linking Islam to terrorism. None of the clowns currently seeking the gop nomination mentioned a failure of leadership on his part. Thus, any remotely aware citizen in possession of a minimum compliment of properly firing brain synapses is correct in concluding that the braying against President Obama we see on fauxnews, on Internet hate forums and in right wing editorial columns represents the same old unprincipled prevarication and duplicity for mindless repetition by the terminally vacuous.
Does America not want to enlist the participation of Islamic countries in the fight against terrorism? Do we not want to minimize the incitement of Muslims who may be courted by violent extremist elements? Do we not want to support empower Muslims to push back against extremism within their communities? It such is the case, I find it the height of idiocy that republibaggerservatives are engaged in a puerile attempt to goad President Obama into using the words "Islamic terrorism". From galactic morons on Internet message boards, to wing nut media bloviators, to presidential candidates, republibaggerservatives demand that the president engage in the rhetoric most likely to aid our enemies and discourage our friends. I would think that the job of combatting terrorism would get harder, wouldn't you?
Consistent with the reckless brinksmanship characteristic of their approach to governance throughout the Obama Presidency, Mr. Obama's political enemies demonstrate that there is nothing they are unwilling to put in jeopardy in the name of scoring the political points that could pave the way to elective office. From America's credit rating, to the health of its citizens, to our relationships with other nations, to the lives of its troops, to the safety of future generations, republibaggerservatives default to whatever is politically expedient for them. In this case, the striking of fear, the fostering of ignorance, the xenophobic vilification of literally billions of people and the trashing of America's highest ideals are their preferred paths to power, damn the longer term consequences. By their behavior, republibaggerservatives tell us that putting them into or keeping them in office would be nothing short of disastrous.
Anyone who believes that vilification of religious belief represents leadership has not a single, scintilla of a clue what leadership actually is.