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Obama, “Respect” and Muslims

Barack ObamaRespect is the name of the far-left and Islamist political party George Galloway founded in the United Kingdom in 2004. Perhaps not coincidentally, respect is also the motif of Barack Obama’s initial statements about Islam:

His Inaugural Address included an assertion that “To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.”

Obama’s first interview as president, on January 26 to Al-Arabiya television, included no less than seven references to respect:

“what I’ve said, and I think Hillary Clinton has expressed this in her confirmation, is that if we are looking at the region as a whole and communicating a message to the Arab world and the Muslim world, that we are ready to initiate a new partnership based on mutual respect and mutual interest, then I think that we can make significant progress.”

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“my job is to communicate the fact that the United States has a stake in the well-being of the Muslim world that the language we use has to be a language of respect.”

“the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there’s no reason why we can’t restore that.”

“I’m not going to agree with everything that some Muslim leader may say, or what’s on a television station in the Arab world—but I think that what you’ll see is somebody who is listening, who is respectful.”

“you’ve already seen a commitment, in terms of closing Guantanamo, and making clear that even as we are decisive in going after terrorist organizations that would kill innocent civilians, that we’re going to do so on our terms, and we’re going to do so respecting the rule of law that I think makes America great.”

“our administration be very clear in distinguishing between organizations like al Qaeda—that espouse violence, espouse terror and act on it—and people who may disagree with my administration and certain actions, or may have a particular viewpoint in terms of how their countries should develop. We can have legitimate disagreements but still be respectful. I cannot respect terrorist organizations that would kill innocent civilians and we will hunt them down.”

Source: Daniel Pipes


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