This Is A Weird Statement From Our President

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On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that:

"In an interview with Laura Haim on Canal Plus, a French television station, Mr. Obama noted that the United States also could be considered as "one of the largest Muslim countries in the world." He sought to downplay the expectations of the speech, but he said he hoped the address would raise awareness about Muslims."

I took the whole paragraph because I wanted to post the whole statement in context.  However, even that does not show the full context.  What he said was:

"And one of the points I want to make is, is that if you actually took the number of Muslim Americans, we'd be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world," Mr. Obama said. "And so there's got to be a better dialogue and a better understanding between the two peoples."

There are a few concepts in both of these statements that bother me.  If you look at the founding documents of America, we are founded on a Judeo-Christian ethic.  Many of the people who settled this country were looking for religious freedom, and our laws reflect that.  There is no religious freedom in Muslim countries.  Saudi Arabia burns Bibles and tortures people who become Christians.  Other Muslim countries have similar policies.  I am not willing to give up my freedom of religion.  If Muslims choose to settle here, they are entitled to freedom of religion, but not in infringe upon other people's freedom of religion.  I am not willing to see America as a Muslim country.

In certain airports of America, Muslim cab drivers refuse to accept blind people as passengers if they have seeing-eye dogs (dogs are considered unclean in Islam).  Some Muslims working in grocery stores have refused to handle pork products.  Other working Muslims have asked that special allowances be made for them in the workplace for prayer rooms and prayer times.  Unless these same allowances are made for other religions, they are discriminatory.  Becoming a Muslim country would not be a step forward for America, it would be a step away from freedom.  I hope our President realizes that.

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