He does not say health care or the economy. As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and the fall of dusk. But let us be clear: al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people on that day. And it is no coincidence that countries where women are well-educated are far more likely to be prosperous.
But there's a story I want to share that takes place before Moses passed the mantle of leadership on to Joshua. These are not whiners. And just as we keep our keep our promise to the next generation here at home, so must we keep America's promise abroad. It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed.
And it means taking full responsibility for own lives - by demanding more from our fathers, and spending more time with our children, and reading to them, and teaching them that while they may face challenges and discrimination in their own lives, they must never succumb to despair or cynicism; they must always believe that they can write their own destiny. With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States. What has also been lost is our sense of common purpose - our sense of higher purpose.
In my first book, Dreams From My Father, I described the experience of my first service at Trinity: Understanding this reality requires a reminder of how we arrived at this point. But I am convinced that in order to move forward, we must say openly the things we hold in our hearts, and that too often are said only behind closed doors. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.
But as Americans, we also know that this is a nation of laws, and we cannot have those laws broken when more than 2,000 people cross our borders illegally every day. In the end, then, what is called for is nothing more, and nothing less, than what all the world's great religions demand - that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
God bless you.