At White House dinner celebrating Ramadan, Obama Strongly Backs Islam Center Near 9/11 Site

Above: President Obama delivered remarks at a White House
dinner celebrating Ramadan. Photograph: Luke Sharrett/ NYT

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The New York Times
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
Published: August 13, 2010

WASHINGTON — President Obama delivered a strong defense on Friday night of a proposed Muslim community center and mosque near ground zero in Manhattan, using a White House dinner celebrating Ramadan to proclaim that “as a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country.” Read more.

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama on Wednesday offered best wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world as they observe the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

“All of us must remember that the world we want to build — and the changes that we want to make — must begin in our own hearts, and our own communities,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House.

The US president said he looked forward to hosting a White House Iftar dinner, the meal that breaks the daily fast. Read more.

Video: President Obama’s video Ramadan Message from 2009


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