We meet at a time of tension between the United States and Muslims around the world - tension rooted in historical forces that go beyond any current policy debate. And so in that spirit, let me speak as clearly and plainly as I can about some specific issues that I believe we must finally confront together. troops and civilians. Meanwhile, the struggle for women's equality continues in many aspects of American life, and in countries around the world.
We would be making the same mistake that Reverend Wright made in his offending sermons about America - to simplify and stereotype and amplify the negative to the point that it distorts reality. This time we want to talk about the men and women of every color and creed who serve together, and fight together, and bleed together under the same proud flag. But she didn't. The reality of gun ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than for those plagued by gang-violence in Cleveland, but don't tell me we can't uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals. Because we reject the same thing that people of all faiths reject: the killing of innocent men, women, and children. It is easy to point fingers - for Palestinians to point to the displacement brought by Israel's founding, and for Israelis to point to the constant hostility and attacks throughout its history from within its borders as well as beyond.
I'd been inspired by the civil rights movement - by all the clear-eyed, straight-backed, courageous young people who'd boarded buses and traveled down South to march and sit at lunch counters, and lay down their lives in some cases for freedom. These are my heroes. That is not how moral authority is claimed; that is how it is surrendered. The Arab-Israeli conflict should no longer be used to distract the people of Arab nations from other problems.
He told me he'd joined the Marines, and was heading to Iraq the following week. But they have helped shape the political landscape for at least a generation. Perhaps somebody told her along the way that the source of her mother's problems were blacks who were on welfare and too lazy to work, or Hispanics who were coming into the country illegally. And I've seen it in this campaign. But what the people heard instead - people of every creed and color, from every walk of life - is that in America, our destiny is inextricably linked. Much has been made of the fact that an African-American with the name Barack Hussein Obama could be elected President.
Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely - just as I'm sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed. Many bring up a specific issue. That is what it means to share this world in the 21st century. So let there be no doubt: the situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable.
God bless you.