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Religion and Politics in US History Religion and Politics in US History
Religion has long been a staple of American politics. At the national level presidents and candidates for the highest office have continually evoked religious themes,...

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US Presidents on Islam US Presidents on Islam
Religion has long been a staple of American politics. At the national level presidents and candidates for the highest office have continually evoked religious themes,...

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Barack Obama on Tolerance and Islam at Cairo University

June 4, 2009
Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance. [...] That is the spirit we need today. People in every country should be free to choose and live their faith based upon the persuasion of the mind and the heart and the soul. This tolerance is essential for religion to thrive, but it's being challenged in many different ways. Among some Muslims, there's a disturbing tendency to measure one's own faith by the rejection of somebody else's faith. The richness of religious diversity must be upheld—whether it is for Maronites in Lebanon or the Copts in Egypt. And if we are being honest, fault lines must be closed among Muslims, as well, as the divisions between Sunni and Shia have led to tragic violence, particularly in Iraq.
Barack Obama Barack Obama
Barack Obama became the forty-fourth president of the United States in January 2009, the first African-American to hold the office. He was re-elected to the presidency in November 2012. After graduating from Columbia University and Harvard Law...