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January 27, 2009

Obama Reaches Out to Muslims through TV Interview

President Obama chose an Arabic network for his first television interview, saying that his administration will offer friendship to the Muslim world but will hunt down terrorists that kill innocent civilians. Politico has the full transcript.

In an interview with the Al-Arabiya satellite television network, Obama emphasized his Muslim background and relatives, telling Muslims "that the Americans are not your enemy. We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect."

"And what we need to understand is, is that there are extremist organizations -- whether Muslim or any other faith in the past -- that will use faith as a justification for violence," Obama told the network. "We cannot paint with a broad brush a faith as a consequence of the violence that is done in that faith's name."

Paul Schemm of the Associated Press reports on the reaction from those in the Arab world, saying that they have been more cautious about the new president than other parts of the world. Obama said that he would address the Muslim world from a Muslim capital in the first 100 days of his administration, but no location has been announced.

"America is a country of Muslims, Jews, Christians, non-believers -- regardless of your faith, people all have certain common hopes and common dreams," Obama said on the network. Several people noted Obama's inclusion of non-believers in the religion lineup in his inaugural address as well.

Comments

Isn't this what politicians are supposed to do? Our wars are not winning any converts to Christ. That's our job, not Obama's.

Making room for faith based initiatives is a great thing from a political point of view. it ensures the ongoing outreach into the minds and thinking of the faith community that you are for them. I applaud the idea, however, there are long term ramifications that looms largely over the next four years. What happens when the agenda of one group is push down on everyone else based on fairness, you know when fairness in religion is mentioned it is not about what Christians want it is what a vocal minority under the guise of faith based initiatives represent. this is in my opinion opening the door for an islamic type mix with Government in the next eight years.It will empower the neigborhood outreach of what is being set up with the infrastructure that helped elect President Obama. I hope it is not true, but, these are my own humble observation.

Making room for faith based initiatives is a great thing from a political point of view. it ensures the ongoing outreach into the minds and thinking of the faith community that you are for them. I applaud the idea, however, there are long term ramifications that looms largely over the next four years. What happens when the agenda of one group is push down on everyone else based on fairness, you know when fairness in religion is mentioned it is not about what Christians want it is what a vocal minority under the guise of faith based initiatives represent. this is in my opinion opening the door for an islamic type mix with Government in the next eight years.It will empower the neigborhood outreach of what is being set up with the infrastructure that helped elect President Obama. I hope it is not true, but, these are my own humble observation.