(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/25/11) –- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) tonight welcomed President Obama’s support for the American Muslim community in his State of the Union address before Congress.
In tonight’s address, the president said: (The quote below is from the president’s prepared text. His actual remarks may differ slightly.)
“And as extremists try to inspire acts of violence within our borders, we are responding with the strength of our communities, with respect for the rule of law, and with the conviction that American Muslims are a part of our American family.”
SEE: Text of President Obama’s State of the Union
“At a time when American Muslims face the prospect of agenda-driven hearings in Congress targeting their community, we welcome President Obama’s decision to emphasize the fact that Muslims are contributing members of our society,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “It was a timely and important reminder to our nation’s leaders and the viewing audience that America’s strength and security lie in the unity of its people.”
SEE: In Congress, Anti-Muslim Bigotry Gaining a Strong Foothold
Earlier today, Awad discussed what the president might say in tonight’s State of the Union Address during an appearance on National Public Radio (NPR). He also discussed the need for civility in public discourse.
SEE: Obama Draws Strategy for Remainder of Term (NPR)
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.