I get it. Part of this conviction is rooted in my own experience. On economic development, we will create a new corps of business volunteers to partner with counterparts in Muslim-majority countries.
I suppose the politically safe thing would be to move on from this episode and just hope that it fades into the woodwork. But the anger is real; it is powerful; and to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races. If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. The victims were innocent men, women and children from America and many other nations who had done nothing to harm anybody.
It is that fundamental belief, it is that fundamental belief, I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper that makes this country work. And I will not settle for an America where some kids don't have that chance. It will require a renewed sense of responsibility from each of us to recover what John F. Moreover, freedom in America is indivisible from the freedom to practice one's religion.
I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. America, our work will not be easy. This too is part of America's promise - the promise of a democracy where we can find the strength and grace to bridge divides and unite in common effort. government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab, and to punish those who would deny it. Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism - it is an important part of promoting peace. There is also one rule that lies at the heart of every religion - that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
It's what allows us to pursue our individual dreams and yet still come together as one American family. And slowly, I came to realize that something was missing as well - that without an anchor for my beliefs, without a commitment to a particular community of faith, at some level I would always remain apart, and alone. That's why organizations are rising up across the country to reclaim the language of faith to bring about change. And he does not bring up a specific issue. The Bush-McCain foreign policy has squandered the legacy that generations of Americans - Democrats and Republicans - have built, and we are here to restore that legacy. This bond is unbreakable.
Thank you very much everybody.