News ID: 136222
Published: 0842 GMT February 04, 2016

Obama: impression of Muslims hugely distorted in US

Obama: impression of Muslims hugely distorted in US

US President Barack Obama has made his first visit to a mosque to denounce the anti-Islam rhetoric promoted by GOPers in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, saying the image of Muslims was "hugely distorted" in the United States.

Obama attended Wednesday at the Islamic Society of Baltimore in Windsor Mill, Maryland, where he said Christians "have to understand: An attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths."

Anti-Muslim discourse was intensified by the Republican candidates, with billionaire Donald Trump in the vanguard, after terrorist bombings by Takfiri affiliates of Daesh in Paris and San Bernardo, California.

“You’ve seen, too often, people conflating the horrific acts of terrorism with the beliefs of an entire faith,” Obama said tacitly touching on the discourse, calling the rhetoric an “inexcusable” one with “no place” in the country.

“We have to reject a politics that seeks to manipulate prejudice or bias and targets people because of religion. We’ve got to make sure that hate crimes are punished and that the civil rights of all Americans are upheld.”

The US president, who had taken off his shoes as Muslims do to respect the place of worship, said he was “grateful” for the efforts that the Muslim community has made “to keep us as one American family.”

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