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Obama Tells Muslims U.S. is not Their Enemy in Interview

By Jessalyn Pinneo

After climbing onto an elliptical at the gym this morning and tuning the TV
to CNN, I did a double-take: why was there a video of President Obama with
headlines in Arabic where the CNN Morning News team should be? Once I put in my
headphones, I realized it was a transmission of President
Obama’s Monday night conversation with Al-Arabiya
– his first
sit-down interview with a news agency since taking office.

I have to say, I’m pretty pleased: my president used his first official
interview to offer the potential for peace and friendship between the United
States and the “Muslim world,” and to highlight some of the similarities that
exist between the U.S. and Arab nations – particularly the universal hope of
parents that their children’s lives will be better than their own.

Watch the interview for yourself below, or read
the International Herald Tribune’s summary

My favorite quote? “[T]he language we use matters. We cannot paint with a
broad brush a faith as a consequence of the violence that is done in that
faith’s name.” Indeed, Mr. President, one sect’s actions are not necessarily
supported by the religion as a whole. We need to strike a careful balance
between dealing with one and dealing with the other, and it looks like you’re on
your way to doing just that!

To read more from the Interfaith Alliance's State of Belief Blog, click here.



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