Obama Hails Religious Freedom at White House Iftar Dinner

President Obama held an Iftar dinner at the White House yesterday, honoring Muslims celebrating the end of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

During his speech, Obama spoke about the importance of religious freedom.

“Tonight we reaffirm a simple truth. Fundamental to the character of our country is our freedom of religion -- the right to practice our faith as we choose, to change our faith if we choose, or to practice no faith at all and to do all this free from fear of,” he said.

Obama explained that in America, no faith should ever be targeted or disparaged for their beliefs.

“We are all Americans, equal in rights and dignity, and no one should ever be targeted or disparaged because of their faith,” he said. “And that, too, is what makes us stronger.”

The White House guest list included elected officials, members of the diplomatic corps, and religious and grassroots leaders in the Muslim American community.

“All of us are deserving of an equal opportunity to thrive -- no matter who we are, what we look like, what we believe, or how we pray,” Obama continued.

Obama also addressed the conflict between Israel and Palestine during his remarks.

“People here in the United States care deeply about what’s happening there, and I know there are strong views, as well as differences, about how we should move forward, which is part of American democracy,” he said. “We welcome that debate. That makes us stronger.”


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