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United States United States

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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,...
The Satanic Verses Controversy The Satanic Verses Controversy
In 1988, controversy arose over the publication of award-winning author Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses, which contained content that many Muslims around the...

RELATED RESOURCES: UNITED STATES

America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity
《美国与宗教多样化的挑战》

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American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us
《美国的恩典:宗教如何分裂及团结我们》

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Pilgrims in Their Own Land: 500 Years of Religion in America
《在自己土地上的朝圣者:美国宗教500年》

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AIDSRelief Consortium
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United Nations
联合国

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Americans United
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Office of International Religious Freedom, Department of State
美国国务院国际宗教自由办公室

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Billclinton

Bill Clinton on Free Speech and Salman Rushdie in News Conference

November 30, 1993
I [met with Salman Rushdie] to make the point not that I agree with the attacks on Islam in the book that Mr. Rushdie wrote but that in our country and in the countries who respect freedom of speech, freedom of speech includes especially the willingness to respect without threatening the life of or the rights of people who write things that we do not agree with. Indeed, for a Westerner, I have tried for more than 20 years now to study and have an appreciation of Islam. And I respect the religion, and I respect the culture enormously. So I mean no disrespect to the people who have that religious faith. But I do think it's important that here in the United States we reaffirm our commitment to protect the physical well-being and the right to speak of those with whom we may intensely disagree. That's what our Constitution does.
William Jefferson Clinton William Jefferson Clinton
William "Bill" Jefferson Clinton served as the forty-second president of the United States from 1993 to 2001 after twelve years as governor of his native Arkansas. Domestically, his presidency was marked by steady economic growth and fundamental...