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Biden Lectures USA: Don’t Be Islamophobic

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President Biden lectured America last night about being nice to Muslims during a speech that was supposed to be about the war effort in Israel.

“In recent years, too much hate has been given too much oxygen, fueling racism, a rise in antisemitism and Islamophobia right here in America,” Biden said. “We must, without equivocation, denounce antisemitism.  We must also, without equivocation, denounce Islamophobia.”

In other words, when the Muslim radicals are slaughtered our families, beheading our babies and burning Grandma alive, Biden wants you to make sure not to bear a grudge.

The president also mentioned the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 Muslim attacks.

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“I know many of you in the Muslim American community or the Arab American community, the Palestinian American community, and so many others are outraged and hurting, saying to yourselves, ‘Here we go again,’ with Islamophobia and distrust we saw after 9/11,” he said.

“Here we go again?”

Americans were rightfully terrified on that day — the day when Muslims shouted, “Allah Akbar” and flew jetliners into buildings. They slaughtered thousands of our fellow citizens and injured many others in the name of the so-called religion of peace.

“We reject all forms — all forms of hate, whether against Muslims, Jews, or anyone.  That’s what great nations do, and we are great nation,” he said.

Of course we reject hate. But does the Muslim community reject hate? It’s a legitimate question to ask seeing how not a single Muslim leader has condemned the attacks on Israel. And where are the thousands of American Muslims marching in the streets? Why haven’t they been hosting rallies in defense of the innocent families who were slaughtered?

As the great German theologian Bonhoeffer once said, silence in the face of evil is evil itself.

Following are the president’s complete remarks about Islam:

You know, and here at home, we have to be honest with ourselves.  In recent years, too much hate has been given too much oxygen, fueling racism, a rise in antisemitism and Islamicphobia [Islamophobia] right here in America. 

It’s also intensified in the wake of recent events that led to the horrific threats and attacks that both shock us and break our hearts.

On October 7th, terror attacks have triggered deep scars and terrible memories in the Jewish community.

Today, Jewish families worried about being targeted in school, wearing symbols of their faith walking down the street, or going out about their daily lives. 

You know, I know many of you in the Muslim American community or the Arab American community, the Palestinian American community, and so many others are outraged and hurting, saying to yourselves, “Here we go again,” with Islamophobia and distrust we saw after 9/11. 

Just last week, a mother was brutally stabbed, a little boy — here in the United States — a little boy who had just turned six years old was murdered in their home outside of Chicago. 

His name was Wadea — Wadea — a proud American, a proud Palestinian American family. 

We can’t stand by and stand silent when this happens.  We must, without equivocation, denounce antisemitism.  We must also, without equivocation, denounce Islamophobia. 

And to all of you hurting — those of you who are hurting, I want you to know: I see you.  You belong.  And I want to say this to you: You’re all America.  You’re all America.

This is in a moment where there’s — you know, in moments like these, when fear and suspicion, anger and rage run hard, that we have to work harder than ever to hold on to the values that make us who we are. 

We’re a nation of religious freedom, freedom of expression.  We all have a right to debate and disagree without fear of being targeted at schools or workplaces or in our communities.

And we must renounce violence and vitriol, see each other not as enemies but as — but as fellow Americans.

When I was in Israel yesterday, I said that when America experienced the hell of 9/11, we felt enraged as well.  While we sought and got justice, we made mistakes.  So, I cautioned the government of Israel not to be blinded by rage.

And here in America, let us not forget who we are.  We reject all forms — all forms of hate, whether against Muslims, Jews, or anyone.  That’s what great nations do, and we are great nation.

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