The World Reacts to Trump’s Proposed Ban on Muslims

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Donald Trump urges ban on Muslims entering United States

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States in the most dramatic response by a candidate yet to last week’s shooting spree by two Muslims who the FBI said had been radicalized.

“We have no choice,” Trump said at a rally in South Carolina, warning of more Sept. 11-style attacks if stern measures are not taken.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/usa-election-trump-idUSKBN0TQ2QT20151208#2RJUUs9vHCE2RKaS.99

White supremacist groups see Trump bump 

‘He has sparked an insurgency,’ Stormfront founder says.

The Ku Klux Klan is using Donald Trump as a talking point in its outreach efforts. Stormfront, the most prominent American white supremacist website, is upgrading its servers in part to cope with a Trump traffic spike. And former Louisiana Rep. David Duke reports that the businessman has given more Americans cover to speak out loud about white nationalism than at any time since his own political campaigns in the 1990s.

As hate group monitors at the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League warn that Trump’s rhetoric is conducive to anti-Muslim violence, white nationalist leaders are capitalizing on his candidacy to invigorate and expand their movement.

“Demoralization has been the biggest enemy and Trump is changing all that,” said Stormfront founder Don Black, who reports additional listeners and call volume to his phone-in radio show, in addition to the site’s traffic bump. Black predicts that the white nationalist forces set in motion by Trump will be a legacy that outlives the businessman’s political career. “He’s certainly creating a movement that will continue independently of him even if he does fold at some point.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/donald-trump-white-supremacists-216620#ixzz3tw1Ie1L3

Former KKK Grand Wizard Urges Followers to Get Off Their “Rear End” and Support Trump

Feb. 25, 2016 By Inae Oh —motherjones

David Duke, a white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, added his name to Donald Trump’s ever-growing list of racist supporters when he urged listeners of his radio show on Wednesday to volunteer to help elect the real estate magnate to the White House.

“Voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage,” Duke said.

Duke sought to shame his listeners into mobilizing and getting off their “rear end that’s getting fatter and fatter for many of you every day on your chairs.”

For more: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/david-duke-comes-out-support-donald-trump

 

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Malala Yousafzai's reply to Donald Trump's plan to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.
Malala Yousafzai’s reply to Donald Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.
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A group of Muslims pray and attend a rally in front of Trump Tower on December 20, 2015 in New York (AFP Photo/Kena Betancur)

The Rest of the Sane World’s Response to Donald Trump’s Ban on Muslims

The world reacts to Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering U.S.

December 8 at 9:44 AM By Annie Gowen – washingtonpost

NEW DELHI — Leading U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call for a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States was widely condemned around the world Tuesday.

Citizens, commentators and politicians slammed Trump’s latest controversial statement, calling it hate speech and a disturbing sign of Islamophobia in a country rattled in recent weeks by large-scale terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif.

The billionaire developer and reality television star released a statement Monday calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

Later Monday, Trump, 69, read the statement out loud at a rally in Charleston, S.C., where an enthusiastic crowd greeted him with cheers and chants of “Trump! Trump!” and “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”

“We have no choice. We have. No. Choice,” Trump said, with a shake of his head. His statement may be politically incorrect, he said, “but I don’t care!”

The heated rhetoric left many Muslims feeling bewildered, scared and angry. In Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, for example, Syrians stranded in overcrowded, cold refugee camps said they worried that rising xenophobia could further complicate their hopes of seeking asylum in the United States.

“How can a country that always talks about human rights and freedom do this or even consider this?” said Bourhan Salem, 32, who fled to the Bekaa to escape the violence around his home in Syria’s Daraa province. “Do they know what we have suffered?”

Dar al-Ifta, Egypt’s official religious body, issued a statement that condemned Trump for “hate rhetoric” that “will increase tension” in the United States, which is home to millions of Muslims who are “peaceful and loyal American citizens.”

And in Kabul, a property dealer named Timur Shah said Americans need to “rise up” and prevent Trump from becoming their leader.

“None of us deserve him. What he says is harmful for all of us and will help the Islamic State and fanatics on all sides,” Shah said.

In France, where the ruling Socialists are in a pitched election battle with a far-right anti-immigrant party, Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday wrote on Twitter that “Trump, like others, stokes hatred and conflations: our ONLY enemy is radical Islamism.”

Valls’s implicit comparison was with the National Front party, which is poised to seize power in local legislatures around France in runoff elections on Sunday. National Front leader Marine Le Pen has seized on fears of Muslims and terrorism to create a potent ballot-box force even as mainstream voices in France have promoted moderation.

In Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron joined British politicians from all parties in condemning Trump’s remarks. While it is rare for a British prime minister to comment on contenders in the U.S. presidential race, Cameron’s spokeswoman said he “completely disagrees” with Trump’s comments, which he regards as “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong.”

Cameron’s spokeswoman told reporters: “The prime minister has been very clear that, as we look at how we tackle extremism and this poisonous ideology, what politicians need to do is look at ways they can bring communities together and make clear that these terrorists are not representative of Islam and indeed what they are doing is a perversion of Islam.”

When asked if Cameron would be willing to meet Trump or whether he could be banned from Britain, his spokeswoman declined to answer, saying the questions were “hypothetical.”

Trump’s call also drew reactions from journalists and editorial writers throughout Europe and in Israel, where he is due to arrive for a visit later this month. Israeli columnist Chemi Shalev said the sight of the crowds cheering Trump evoked the early days of Nazi Germany.

“For some Jews, the sight of thousands of supporters waving their fists in anger as Trump incited against Muslims and urged a blanket ban on their entry to the United States could have evoked associations with beer halls in Munich a century ago,” Shalev wrote in the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz.

Trump’s comments were widely covered in the European media, with many outlets wondering if he went too far this time. The German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung ran an editorial with the headline, “How Donald Trump is betraying America.”

London’s Daily Telegraph newspaper called the statement a “bombshell” even by Trump’s standards. The Guardian wrote that he was “further out of the mainstream than he has been at any point since announcing his candidacy.”

Trump’s comment garnered worldwide reaction on social media as well.

In Brazil, acclaimed journalist Patricia Campos Mello shared a Slate story on Trump on her Facebook page and commented: “There is no way for this guy to get more dumb.” One of the commenters responded, “There is, wait and see.”

One Saudi Arabian woman, Naveen Malek, said in a tweet: “We are facing a Third World War these days. The new leaders of intolerance are people such as Trump and the French far-right.”

Trump has bolstered his popularity with a series of increasingly controversial remarks — on women, Hispanic immigrants, the disabled and Muslims. Yet he has remained solidly atop national polls among Republican presidential candidates since July, according to Real Clear Politics, except for a brief period in early November when he and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson were in a statistical dead heat.

Conventional political wisdom long expected him to fade from the race after an early peak, but he was defied such theories so far, prompting one Republican political operative to write a memo earlier this month detailing “the Trump phenomenon” and urging Republican candidates to adopt the “best elements” of his “anti-populist agenda.”

“Trump has given voice to the rhetoric of hatred which has always been in the American society in some form or another. Sometimes the hatred is for blacks, sometimes for communists. Today it is Muslims,” said Shahid Siddiqui, a former member of parliament in India, who edits the Nai Duniya Urdu newspaper and is the co-founder of a group called Inter-Faith Peace Foundation.

For more: https://goo.gl/unfBNC
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Government ‘may exclude’ Donald Trump after 565,000 sign petition calling for UK entry ban
Home Secretary Theresa May warns that she ‘may exclude’ people from UK entry after US Republican presidential contender makes controversial remarks about banning Muslims from entering the USA

30 Dec 2015 Michael Wilkinson By Michael Wilkinson, Political Correspondent – telegraph

Donald Trump could be banned from entering the UK after Theresa May, the Home Secretary, declared that she ‘may exclude’ people who are not ‘conducive to the public good’.

Banning entry to the UK for the US Republican presidential contender, who remains the frontrunner in the heated contest, has been called for by more than 560,000 people in a petition to the Government.

After reaching 100,000 signatures, the Government confirmed that the petition could be discussed in Parliament.
Now a spokesman for Mrs May has responded officially warning that Mr Trump’s comments, in which he called for a ban on Muslims entering the USA in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, were “divisive, unhelpful and wrong”.

For more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/donald-trump/12074314/Government-may-exclude-Donald-Trump-after-565000-sign-petition-calling-for-UK-entry-ban.html

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A Terrorism Survivor’s Answer to Trump
He survived 9/11. And now LP Kiatoukaysy is disheartened that the unifying spirit it fostered has been trumped by fear and hate.

 Dec 14, 2015 By LP Kiatoukaysy – Perspectives

If a pollster asked Americans who have actually survived a terrorist attack what they thought of the current hate rhetoric from some politicians and commentators what would they say?

I’m a 9/11 survivor. I ran dust covered from debris falling from the south tower after the second plane hit. I saw people die. I saw dead bodies and body parts. I helped a woman bleeding from being impaled by metal get to safety. I watched in horror as people jumped from the burning towers – but quickly turned away because the suffering was beyond what I could manage. My neighborhood was a military zone for six months. I lost two very close colleagues on 9/11. I have also lost a military friend to this so-called “war on terror”. I have, to be frank, suffered and lost profoundly.

Immediately after 9/11 I attended several memorials in New York City and support groups for people who lost loved ones. Everyone did. The love expressed in these groups among people of all different backgrounds was profound, including Muslims who had suffered equally.  The moderator asked if our feelings about Muslims had changed. No one expressed ill will or hatred. I am talking about people who just lost a husband, a child, a loved one. Real loss. We all hugged, and cried, and expressed our shared love for America, New York and all New Yorkers.

The optimist in me believes this theoretical poll would reveal most survivors have a balanced view on Muslims. When you have experienced profound loss the need to understand that loss leads to the desire for answers. Why did this happen? What lead to such pain and suffering? In my own desperate search, I came to understand what the Muslim culture and faith is and isn’t.

I understand why there are so many refugees. I understand what these refugees have lost. I know why they are fleeing their countries. I feel their despair.

Donald Trump is no doubt a New Yorker. I’m sure he suffered and lost equally on 9/11. How is it that he has forgotten what it is to be an American and a New Yorker so soon?

For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.kqed.org/a/perspectives/R201512140643

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Japanese-Americans Imprisoned For Ethnicity Speak Out In Defense Of Muslims

“It was all based on race hysteria, xenophobia in the past, and you don’t want that to repeat again.”

12/07/2016 05:31 pm ET Jessica Proiz & Kimberly Yam – huffintonpost

Seventy-five years ago on Wednesday, the bombing of Pearl Harbor brought the U.S. into World War II and subsequently ushered in the nuclear age.

It also prompted the U.S. to round up about 120,000 people ― most of them American citizens ― and throw them in prison camps because of their ancestry.

Today, Japanese-American who were incarcerated during World War II are speaking out about how that dark time is especially relevant in the age of President-elect Donald Trump.

Trump flirted with the idea of creating a Muslim registry or database during his campaign for the Oval Office, saying it would be possible through “good management.” Then, a Trump surrogate brought up the wartime incarceration of Japanese-Americans as a “precedent” for creating such a registry.

Though the remarks were widely condemned, Trump had already suggested that he might have supported imprisoning people of Japanese ancestry during World War II. Indeed, Trump’s presidential campaign and victory has energized a base of Americans who support racist policies and ideologies.

For more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/japanese-internment-survivors-muslims_us_584811b7e4b0b9feb0da5492

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Trump behavior sends GOP into panicked search for alternatives

08/03/16 10:11PM maddowblog

Rachel Maddow reviews the recent erratic behavior by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the pandemonium both within the Trump campaign and in the Republican Party over how to get 2016 under control.

Khizr Khan spoke of how his son was 1 of 14 American Muslims who died serving in the United States Army combating a suicide bomber 

Published on Jul 28, 2016

Khizr Khan’s son, Humayun S. M. Khan was a University of Virginia graduate and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Khan was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving the United States in the ten years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Muslim groups raise $134K for San Bernardino shooting victims, families
Muslims United for San Bernardino was launched one day after the terrorist attack that left 14 dead in California

12/9/15 By Michael Walsh – yahoonews

Muslim-American groups have come together to raise nearly $135,000 for the families of the 14 killed and 21 wounded in the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif.

Faisal Qazi, a neurologist and president of the MiNDS Network, launched the local fundraising campaign, Muslims United for San Bernardino, one day after the tragedy at the Inland Regional Center, a facility for people with developmental disabilities.

It was intended as a local campaign for Muslim-Americans in Southern California until Tarek El-Messidi, founder of the nonprofit CelebrateMercy, reached out to Qazi and suggested broadening the scope to a national level.

“We care for this country. We love this country. While no amount of money will bring back victims’ loved ones for their families, we hope this will alleviate some of the financial burden for these families,” El-Messidi said in an interview with Yahoo News.

El-Messidi, who has experience with countrywide campaigns, secured promotions and endorsements from major Muslim organizations throughout the United States, including Zaytuna College and Mental Health 4 Muslims.

Within 48 hours, the campaign on LaunchGood, a crowdfunding platform focused on Muslims throughout the world, reached its initial goal of $50,000, so the organizers raised the bar to $140,000.

In the wake of the tragedy, El-Messidi said, many Muslims were frustrated and scared that some people were lumping them together with extremists.

Perhaps the most public indication of this was Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call to ban all Muslims from entering the United States until “our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” The proposal has garnered both domestic and international ridicule, and several prominent scholars challenged it on constitutional grounds.

El-Messidi lamented what he considers the unfair and inaccurate representation of most Muslim-Americans as violent and treasonous in parts of the news media.

“The truth is far from that. Muslims make about 1 percent of America,” El-Messidi said. “We are actively contributing to America and helping to build society. This campaign is one example of how American Muslims are trying to build and not destroy.”

For more: http://news.yahoo.com/muslim-groups-raise–118k-for-san-bernardino-shooting-victims–families-180929608.html

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” It is our responsibility to reject religious tests on who we admit into this country.  It’s our responsibility to reject proposals that Muslim Americans should somehow be treated differently.  Because when we travel down that road, we lose.  That kind of divisiveness, that betrayal of our values plays into the hands of groups like ISIL.  Muslim Americans are our friends and our neighbors, our co-workers, our sports heroes — and, yes, they are our men and women in uniform who are willing to die in defense of our country.  We have to remember that. “

12/6/15 President Obama 

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 “There are millions of patriotic Muslims in America right now that are outstanding members of their community, that are serving in the United States military, that are teachers, that are coworkers, that are neighbors, that are friends. “

12/7/15 White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest
White House Press Briefing, James S. Brady Briefing Room, White House

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‘The Trump campaign has had for months now a dustbin-of-history-like quality to it, from the vacuious sloganeering to the out right lies to even the fake hair, the whole carnival barker routine that we’ve seen for some time now. The question now is about the rest of the Republican party and whether they are going to be dragged into the dustbin with him. And right now the current trajectory is not good.

Earlier this year, the House Republicans elected to their leadership, somebody [House Rep. Steve Scalise (R)] who famously bragged to a reporter that ‘he is David Duke without the baggage’. Earlier this month we saw the Executive Director of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee [Ward Baker (R)] was advising candidates about how they could ride the Trump Wave. And just today  -today- the new Speaker of the House [Paul Ryan (R)] said that he would vote for Donald Trump if he is the party’s nominee. Now I know that each of the Republican candidates has taken an oath to support Donald Trump for President to the United States if he wins the nomination. But the fact is the first thing a President does when he or she takes the oath of office is to swear an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the fact is the what Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him from serving as President. And for Republican candidates to stand by their pledge to support Mr. Trump as President that in and of it’s self is disqualifying”

12/8/2015 White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest in response to
GOP Presidential Frontrunner Donald Trump’s plans to ban Muslims from entering the USA

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HRC on Trump banning Muslims

Obama Administration Makes Last-Minute Bid To Stall Trump’s Ability To Create Muslim Registry

The outgoing president rescinded the regulatory framework behind the controversial NSEERS registry.

12/22/2016 10:59 am ET | Updated 1 hour ago HuffingtonPosy

WASHINGTON ― The Obama administration is dismantling an inactive national registry that was used to track foreign visitors from a designated list of countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations. The move represents a last-minute effort by the outgoing president to delay his successor, Donald Trump, from reinstating what critics say would amount to a Muslim registry.

The registry, known as National Security Entry-Exit Registration (NSEERS), was created shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks. It required men 16 and older from certain countries to register in person with the Immigration and Naturalization Service and submit to questioning and fingerprinting when entering the U.S. By 2003, the list of designated countries had swelled from a handful to 25, with 24 of them majority-Arab or Muslim.

The Department of Homeland Security is removing the regulatory structure behind NSEERS, effective immediately, the agency said in a statement on Thursday.

The administration of President George W. Bush found the program to be ineffective and stopped using it after only a year and a half. With the program already obsolete by the time Obama entered office, his administration de-listed the countries designated under NSEERS, effectively suspending the program.

For more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/obama-rescinds-nseers-trump-registry_us_585bf2b7e4b0d9a594574d6b

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    Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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  2. The World Reacts to Trump’s Proposed Ban on Muslims

    Donald Trump urges ban on Muslims entering United States

    Tue Dec 8, 2015 7:50am EST WASHINGTON | BY STEVE HOLLAND AND EMILY STEPHENSON – Reuters

    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States in the most dramatic response by a candidate yet to last week’s shooting spree by two Muslims who the FBI said had been radicalized.

    “We have no choice,” Trump said at a rally in South Carolina, warning of more Sept. 11-style attacks if stern measures are not taken.

    Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/usa-election-trump-idUSKBN0TQ2QT20151208#2RJUUs9vHCE2RKaS.99

    The 15 most offensive things that have come out of Trump’s mouth

    While claiming to ‘cherish women’ and to be the ‘least racist person,’ Trump has offered up some shocking comments.

    12/08/15 03:37 PM EST By NICK GASS – politico

    Donald Trump’s outlandish statements have been the hallmark of his six-month-old rollicking presidential campaign, but the billionaire businessman has been throwing out incendiary comments about religious and ethnic minorities, women and the broader American society for years.

    While Trump has consistently claimed that he is not a racist, that “I cherish women” and that he “loves Muslims,” other comments and policy proposals from both his campaign and the prior decades put the man leading national Republican polls in a different light.

    Here are 15 of Trump’s most offensive comments to date:

    1. The ‘total and complete shutdown’ of Muslims entering the U.S. [12/7/15]
    2. Calling himself “a negotiator like you folks,” one of many Jewish stereotypes the Manhattan real-estate mogul dropped throughout his speech. [12/3/15]
    3. “I have a great relationship with the blacks. I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks,” [4/14/11]
    4. ‘I am the least racist person there is’ [5/9/11]
    5. “‘Laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that.” [5/10/91]
    6. ” well-educated black [9/13/89]
    7. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” [6/16/15]
    8. ‘I have thousands of Hispanics that work for me’ [10/19/15]
    9. “I don’t have a racist bone in my body,””The fact that I want a strong border and the fact that I don’t want illegal immigrants pouring into this country, that doesn’t make me a racist” [7/1/15]
    10. “Who the f knows? I mean, really, who knows how much the Japs will pay for Manhattan property these days?” [1/16/89]
    11. “You have to treat ’em [women] like shit,” [11/9/92]
    12. “blood coming out of her [Megyn Kelly] wherever” [8/9/15]
    13. You take a look at her [Rosie O’Donnell], she’s a slob.” [2006]
    14. “When a man leaves a woman, especially when it was perceived that he has left for a piece of ass—a good one!— there are 50 percent of the population who will love the woman who was left.” [Sept 1990]
    15. “It’s weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can’t sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist.” “I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist,” [5/1/11]

    For the entire article: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/trump-hate-216539

    • The world reacts to Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering U.S.

      December 8 at 9:44 AM By Annie Gowen – washingtonpost

      NEW DELHI — Leading U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call for a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States was widely condemned around the world Tuesday.

      Citizens, commentators and politicians slammed Trump’s latest controversial statement, calling it hate speech and a disturbing sign of Islamophobia in a country rattled in recent weeks by large-scale terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif.

      The billionaire developer and reality television star released a statement Monday calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

      Later Monday, Trump, 69, read the statement out loud at a rally in Charleston, S.C., where an enthusiastic crowd greeted him with cheers and chants of “Trump! Trump!” and “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”

      “We have no choice. We have. No. Choice,” Trump said, with a shake of his head. His statement may be politically incorrect, he said, “but I don’t care!”

      The heated rhetoric left many Muslims feeling bewildered, scared and angry. In Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, for example, Syrians stranded in overcrowded, cold refugee camps said they worried that rising xenophobia could further complicate their hopes of seeking asylum in the United States.

      “How can a country that always talks about human rights and freedom do this or even consider this?” said Bourhan Salem, 32, who fled to the Bekaa to escape the violence around his home in Syria’s Daraa province. “Do they know what we have suffered?”

      Dar al-Ifta, Egypt’s official religious body, issued a statement that condemned Trump for “hate rhetoric” that “will increase tension” in the United States, which is home to millions of Muslims who are “peaceful and loyal American citizens.”

      For more: https://goo.gl/unfBNC

    • ” It is our responsibility to reject religious tests on who we admit into this country. It’s our responsibility to reject proposals that Muslim Americans should somehow be treated differently. Because when we travel down that road, we lose. That kind of divisiveness, that betrayal of our values plays into the hands of groups like ISIL. Muslim Americans are our friends and our neighbors, our co-workers, our sports heroes — and, yes, they are our men and women in uniform who are willing to die in defense of our country. We have to remember that. ”

      12/6/15 President Obama

    • “There are millions of patriotic Muslims in America right now that are outstanding members of their community, that are serving in the United States military, that are teachers, that are coworkers, that are neighbors, that are friends. ”

      12/7/15 White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest
      White House Press Briefing, James S. Brady Briefing Room, White House

    • “The Trump campaign has had for months now a dustbin-of-history-like quality to it, from the vacuious sloganeering to the out right lies to even the fake hair, the whole carnival barker routine that we’ve seen for some time now. The question now is about the rest of the Republican party and whether they are going to be dragged into the dustbin with him. And right now the current trajectory is not good.

      Earlier this year, the House Republicans elected to their leadership, somebody [House Rep. Steve Scalise (R)] who famously bragged to a reporter that ‘he is David Duke without the baggage’. Earlier this month we saw the Executive Director of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee [Ward Baker (R)] was advising candidates about how they could ride the Trump Wave. And just today  -today- the new Speaker of the House [Paul Ryan (R)] said that he would vote for Donald Trump if he is the party’s nominee. Now I know that each of the Republican candidates has taken an oath to support Donald Trump for President to the United States if he wins the nomination. But the fact is the first thing a President does when he or she takes the oath of office is to swear an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the fact is the what Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him from serving as President. And for Republican candidates to stand by their pledge to support Mr. Trump as President that in and of it’s self is disqualifying”

      12/8/2015 White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest in response to GOP Presidential Frontrunner Donald Trump’s plans to ban Muslims from entering the USA
      White House Press Briefing, James S. Brady Briefing Room, White House

    • November 10, 2015

      Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

      On December 9th, President Obama will welcome Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to the White House for a meeting. The President looks forward to discussing with President Rivlin a range of issues of common focus, including the unprecedented bilateral security cooperation between the U.S. and Israel, regional developments, combating extremism in all of its forms, and the need for genuine advancement of peace between Israelis and Palestinians and a two-state solution. President Rivlin will also be an honored guest at the White House’s annual Hannukah reception, following the meeting between the two presidents.

    • Donald Trump’s no leader — he’s just the voice that the ugliest Americans have been dying for

      This is how you understand Trump — he’s more of a reflection of his supporters than he is a leader

      Dec 8, 2015 AMANDA MARCOTTE – salon

      Monday night, Arianna Huffington caved and wrote an open letter, explaining that The Huffington Post would stop covering the Donald Trump campaign in the entertainment section, moving coverage to where it belongs: the politics section.

      The move was long overdue. Putting Trump in the entertainment section may have been a funny stunt, but it had some rather disturbing implications about the role of journalism in the political process. It’s one thing for journalistic enterprises to share opinion and data that helps voters make better informed choices, but it’s another thing entirely for journalists to appoint themselves gatekeepers. It’s not just undemocratic, but, as the Trump campaign shows, it doesn’t work.

      That’s because The Huffington Post, and many other journalistic outlets, continue to make a category error when it comes to Trump, assuming that the main reason all this is happening is Trump himself. The assumption is that he’s somehow an idiot savant of American politics, the man who cracked the code, broke all the rules and is rallying voters around his cult of personality. That Trump is a fascist pied piper, playing a beguiling racist song on his flute and leading huge numbers of Americans over the cliff.

      For more: http://www.salon.com/2015/12/08/trumps_no_leader_hes_just_the_voice_that_the_ugliest_americans_have_been_dying_for/

    • Trump Spox Battles S.E. Cupp on Muslim Ban Proposal: ‘So What? They’re Muslim!’

      8:10 pm, December 8th, 2015 by Elizabeth Preza – media.com

      Katrina Pierson, a spokeswoman for Donald Trump‘s campaign, battled conservative commentator S.E. Cupp Tuesday over the presidential candidate’s recent proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, insisting the plan is “really nothing new.”

      Trump received significant backlash from Democrats and Republicans after releasing a statement Monday calling for the United States to ban Muslims from entering the country. Cupp, who said on a panel earlier today that Trump “will never be president,” labelled the proposal “morally repulsive,” “unconstitutional, and unAmerican.”

      Pierson told Jake Tapper the U.S .already has “laws on books giving Congress the authority to ban immigration from nations that hostile towards America,” adding “this is really nothing new.”

      “It’s not ‘nothing new,’” a visibly shocked Cupp said. “There really is something new to the idea of banning an entire religious group from entering the country.”

      Pierson argued that the United States has never in its history “allowed insurgents to come across this border.”

      “No one’s talking about allowing insurgents,” Cupp countered. “You’re talking about not allowing regular Muslims.”

      “Yes, from Arab nations,” Pierson replied. “You know what? So what? They’re Muslim!”

      For more: http://www.mediaite.com/online/trump-spox-battles-s-e-cupp-on-muslim-ban-proposal-so-what-theyre-muslim/

    • More than 100,000 sign petition to ban Trump from UK

      December 09, 2015, 08:28 am By Jesse Byrnes – TheHill

      A petition calling for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to be banned from entering the United Kingdom has surpassed 100,000 signatures, meaning Parliament must consider debating the issue.

      The petition posted on Parliament’s website Tuesday had more than 130,000 signatures by early Wednesday morning, putting the issue up for debate.

      It says that the “UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech” and argues the same criteria should be “fairly applied to the rich as well as the poor, and the weak as well as the powerful.”

      The petition follows Trump’s call to bar Muslims, except U.S. citizens abroad, from entering the United States after a shooting last week in San Bernardino, Calif., that has been linked to terrorism.

      Trump’s proposal drew near universal condemnation from Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday, as well as from foreign leaders including British Prime Minister David Cameron, who called it “divisive” and “unhelpful.”

    • White supremacist groups see Trump bump

      ‘He has sparked an insurgency,’ Stormfront founder says.

      12/10/15 By Ben Schreckinger – politico

      The Ku Klux Klan is using Donald Trump as a talking point in its outreach efforts. Stormfront, the most prominent American white supremacist website, is upgrading its servers in part to cope with a Trump traffic spike. And former Louisiana Rep. David Duke reports that the businessman has given more Americans cover to speak out loud about white nationalism than at any time since his own political campaigns in the 1990s.

      As hate group monitors at the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League warn that Trump’s rhetoric is conducive to anti-Muslim violence, white nationalist leaders are capitalizing on his candidacy to invigorate and expand their movement.

      “Demoralization has been the biggest enemy and Trump is changing all that,” said Stormfront founder Don Black, who reports additional listeners and call volume to his phone-in radio show, in addition to the site’s traffic bump. Black predicts that the white nationalist forces set in motion by Trump will be a legacy that outlives the businessman’s political career. “He’s certainly creating a movement that will continue independently of him even if he does fold at some point.”

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/donald-trump-white-supremacists-216620#ixzz3tw1Ie1L3

    • In his mother’s homeland, Trump is becoming persona non grata

      December 11, 2015 · 5:30 PM EST By David Leveille – PRI’s The World

      In Scotland, Donald Trump has made multimillion-dollar investments in golf courses and luxury hotels along the North Sea dunes outside Aberdeen. His mother, Mary Anne McLeod, was from the Scottish island of Lewis before emigrating to the United States.

      But the GOP presidential candidate is not welcome anymore.

      Trump was ditched as a business ambassador by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen took back its honorary degree. The fact is, Trump’s anti-Muslim stance has rubbed many Scots the wrong way.

      Trump has not taken this lightly.

      “The UK politicians should be thanking me,” he tweeted.

      He also tweeted: “The United Kingdom is trying hard to disguise their massive Muslim problem. Everybody is wise to what is happening. Very sad. Be honest.”

      Now there’s a petition calling for Trump to be banned from entering the UK for hate speech. It has more than 400,000 signatures, including Nabeel Shaikh’s.

      “After listening to Donald Trump’s comments, the fact that he singled out a third of the world’s population and he’s basically making statements which are ludicrous with respect to Muslims, it was the right thing to do.”

      Shaikh, who’s general secretary of the Glasgow Central Mosque, says he hopes the petition sends the message that “no matter who you are, if you’re Donald Trump, or if you’re a member of an extremist group, you’re not welcome in Scotland if you’re going to express hate.”

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-12-11/how-one-scottish-muslim-sees-trumps-anti-muslim-stance

    • GOP WRONG WAY

      Donald Trump Is a Fraud: The Billionaire’s Presidential Bid Is a Long and Calculated Con Job

      Everything Trump has done during the campaign is designed to dupe the media into funding his marketing strategy.

      February 2, 2016 By Sean Illing / Salon

      Donald Trump’s presidential campaign feels whimsical, like a practical joke or publicity tour gone awry. But it turns out the Donald is running a long con. A new report in Politico suggests Trump has been plotting this stunt for years, and he knew exactly what he had to do to succeed.

      According to the report, Trump was approached two years ago by GOP operatives who wanted him to run for governor of New York. To their surprise, he declined but added that they would be useful when he ran for president. “I’m going to walk away with it and win outright,” Trump told the group, “I’m going to get in and all the polls are going to go crazy. I’m going to suck all the oxygen out of the room. I know how to work the media in a way that that they will never take the lights off of me.”

      Trump knew all along that his celebrity and media savvy were sufficient to support his campaign. Although they didn’t believe him, Trump told the Republicans in that room in 2013 that he would dominate the race without spending much on paid advertising. From the report:

      “’You can’t run for president on earned media,’ one attendee recalled telling Trump. The billionaire looked up, and paused for a long moment. ‘I think you’re wrong,’ Trump said. ‘Are you going to do all those little events at the Pizza Ranches?” another person asked, referring to the Iowa fast food franchises that are a staple of presidential campaign stops. ‘Maybe a little,’ Trump replied. ‘But it’s really about the power of the mass audience.’”

      Trump was right. The ability to control the narrative, to dominate the coverage, is all it takes. Trump’s amorality coupled with his gift for self-promotion has turned the Republican presidential race on its head. He’s made the race about him, and anytime he isn’t the main story, he lurches back into the headlines with an outrageous comment about women or Muslims or Mexicans or disabled people – anything to win the news cycle.

      The biggest takeaway from the report is that Trump is indeed a professional huckster. And whatever else he is, he’s not stupid. He doesn’t believe half the absurdities he utters on the campaign trail either. As the report makes clear, everything he’s done and said was designed to dupe the media into funding his marketing strategy.

      For more: http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/donald-trump-fraud-billionaires-presidential-bid-long-and-calculated-con-job

    • Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Khizr M. Khan
      Democratic National Convention

      Thursday, July 28, 2016

      PHILADELPHIA, July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —

      Tonight, we are honored to stand here as the parents of Capt. Humayun Khan, and as patriotic American Muslims with undivided loyalty to our country.

      Like many immigrants, we came to this country empty-handed. We believed in American democracy — that with hard work and the goodness of this country, we could share in and contribute to its blessings.

      We were blessed to raise our three sons in a nation where they were free to be themselves and follow their dreams.

      Our son, Humayun, had dreams of being a military lawyer. But he put those dreams aside the day he sacrificed his life to save his fellow soldiers.

      Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son “the best of America.”

      If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America.

      Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims. He disrespects other minorities, women, judges, even his own party leadership. He vows to build walls and ban us from this country.

      Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with our future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words “liberty” and “equal protection of law.”

      Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of the brave patriots who died defending America — you will see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities.

      You have sacrificed nothing and no one.

      We can’t solve our problems by building walls and sowing division.

      We are Stronger Together.

      And we will keep getting stronger when Hillary Clinton becomes our next President.

    • Sept. 11 Marked Turning Point For Muslims In Increasingly Diverse America

      September 7, 2016 Tom Gjelten – NPR

      Fifteen years after the attacks of Sept. 11, Americans have grown aware not only of the danger of terrorism but also of the reality that their nation is far less white, Christian and European than it used to be.

      “Culturally, we’re a country of Bollywood and bhangra and tai chi and yoga and salsa and burritos and halal and kosher,” says Diana Eck, professor of comparative religion at Harvard University and author of A New Religious America.

      Through her direction of the Pluralism Project at Harvard, Eck and her researchers have documented the growth of an “interfaith infrastructure” in the country.

      “After 9/11,” she says, “it became important to know more clearly who is in our community. The level of ignorance was cracked. It is far from solved, but I think 9/11 did bring a moment of awakening that the ‘we’ of the United States is changing.”

      A recognition of America’s increased diversity is especially critical for the Muslim American community. The Sept. 11 attacks were carried out in the name of Islam, and a majority of Muslims in the United States have said it became harder after those attacks to be a Muslim in this country.

      In response, many are taking the responsibility themselves for improving relations with their neighbors. One important consequence of Sept. 11 was that Muslims, most of whom are immigrants, concluded they needed to become more socially and politically engaged.

      “Before Sept. 11, Muslims — the majority of them — were living here physically, [but] mentally and spiritually they were living back home,” says Zahid Bukhari, executive director of the Council for Social Justice at the Islamic Circle of North America.

      Interfaith efforts in those days were scorned as un-Islamic, he says. Bukhari, who moved from Pakistan to the U.S. in the 1980s and now lives in Frederick, Md., urges his fellow immigrant Muslims, including the most devout, to turn their attention away from their native lands and focus on their adopted homeland.

      “God will not ask them, at the Day of Judgment, what they have done in Karachi or Lahore or Istanbul,” Bukhari says. “God will ask me what I have done in Frederick, with my family, with my neighbors. Did I become a symbol of goodness or a symbol of badness?”

      For the entire article and audio interviews: http://www.npr.org/2016/09/07/492413599/sept-11-marked-turning-point-for-muslims-in-increasingly-diverse-america

    • In an era of ‘enormous rage,’ I’m still finding love in America
      This story is a part of Global Nation

      September 08, 2016 · 6:00 PM EDT Valarie Kaur – PRI’s The World

      One of the first people killed in a hate crime after 9/11 was a family friend, Balbir Singh Sodhi. He was 52, a Sikh father who wore a turban and beard as part of his faith. He was the first of dozens of Sikhs and Muslims in America killed in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attack.

      But his murder barely made the evening news.

      I was 20 years old, afraid for both my country and community. The Sikh faith calls us to social action, even in times of crisis. Desperate to act, I grabbed my camera and drove across the country to document stories of hate crimes. I was a student who had planned to become an academic. But like others in my generation, 9/11 turned me into an activist.

      My work with director Sharat Raju — now my husband — led to “Divided We Fall,” the first feature documentary on post-9/11 hate crimes. Back when we started, we thought the film would capture a chapter in US history, a brief explosion of hate toward Muslim and Sikh Americans.

      But today, hate and mass violence are now part of our daily lives. According to FBI data, there are five times more hate crimes against our communities now than before 9/11. Candidates like Donald Trump incite hate as a political tool. The Southern Poverty Law Center called last year a time of “enormous rage.”

      All our activism could not prevent the anger of this election year, the first one of my son’s life. When he was eight weeks old, we had to bundle him up and take him to his first vigil for three Muslim college students in Chapel Hill, shot in the head by a man who hated religion. Like many parents today, my husband and I realize we are raising a brown boy in a country that is more dangerous than the one we grew up in.

      Every night, when I put my son down to sleep in his crib, my heart aches. Tossing and turning in bed, I ask myself: What is the antidote?

      I think back to the places I have worked as a lawyer and filmmaker over the last 15 years: the still-shocked streets of NYC after 9/11; on street corners and in prayer halls where the blood was still fresh on the ground; in the basements of churches-turned-sanctuaries; and on the shores of Guantanamo Bay.

      Any time I have witnessed people overcome violence and injustice, a single force has been at work: The ethic of love.

      I believe that “revolutionary love” is the call of our times. It’s the kind of love that drives courageous action to change our culture and politics. This love is not safe. It’s not easy. It requires loving people who don’t look like you, who disagree with you, or even hurt you. But I have seen communities who lead with love to create lasting change.

      For more: http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-09-08/era-enormous-rage-i-m-still-finding-love-america

    • Muslim Advocates Heralds President Obama’s Historic Judicial Nomination

      Posted on September 6, 2016 by Fatima Khan – muslimadvocates

      Sept. 6, 2016 — Today President Obama nominated Abid R. Qureshi to serve as a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. A litigation partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Washington, DC, Mr. Qureshi is the first American Muslim to be nominated to serve on the federal judiciary.

      “I commend President Obama for taking this important step in continuing to pick the best and brightest from every community to serve as part of our nation’s judiciary,” said Farhana Khera, former counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and executive director of Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy organization. “A judiciary that reflects the rich diversity of our nation helps ensure the fair and just administration of the law, and it is vital for American Muslims to be included. Mr. Qureshi’s profound commitment to the rule of law and justice for people of all backgrounds makes him an exceptional nominee.”

      Mr. Qureshi has a long and distinguished legal career. He has served as lead counsel in numerous trials before state and federal courts across the country and has represented clients at the trial and appellate levels and before state and federal regulators and national and international arbitral tribunals. Mr. Qureshi has also served as Chair of Latham’s Global Pro Bono Committee since 2012, overseeing one of the world’s largest pro bono programs. His pro bono work has included working with Muslim Advocates on two cutting edge civil rights cases.

      For more: https://www.muslimadvocates.org/muslim-advocates-heralds-president-obamas-historic-judicial-nomination-2/

    • International Anti-Corruption Day

      Corruption is a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that affects all countries. Corruption undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development and contributes to governmental instability. Corruption attacks the foundation of democratic institutions by distorting electoral processes, perverting the rule of law and creating bureaucratic quagmires whose only reason for existing is the soliciting of bribes. Economic development is stunted because foreign direct investment is discouraged and small businesses within the country often find it impossible to overcome the “start-up costs” required because of corruption.

      For more: http://www.un.org/en/events/anticorruptionday/

    • “In addition, as part of our leadership in the global fight against corruption, we intend to partner with American businesses to develop a national plan to promote responsible and transparent business conduct overseas. We already have laws in place; they’re significantly stronger than the laws of many other countries. But we think we can do better. And we think that ultimately it will be good for everybody, including business. Because when they know there’s a rule of law, when they don’t have to pay a bribe to ship their goods or to finalize a contract, that means they’re more likely to invest, and that means more jobs and prosperity for everybody.

      As we look ahead, I believe that continuing this global fight against corruption has to remain a central focus in this partnership. It’s an area where we can expand our efforts. Corruption is not simply immoral. From a practical perspective, it siphons off billions of dollars from the public and private sectors that could be used to feed children or build schools, or build infrastructure that promotes development. It also promotes economic inequality. It facilitates human rights abuses. It fuels organized crime, and terrorism, and ultimately instability.

      Passing anti-corruption laws is necessary — and then those laws have to be enforced, so that those who steal from their people are held accountable, and so citizens have faith that the system is not rigged and that justice will be done.”

      9/24/14 President Obama at Open Government Partnership Meeting

    • ReleaseDecember 08, 2015

      FACT SHEET: Council of Economic Advisers Releases Report Highlighting New Research on SNAP’s Effectiveness and the Importance of Adequate Food Assistance

      A new report released today from the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) finds that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, is highly effective at reducing food insecurity—the government’s measure for whether households lack the resources for consistent and dependable access to food. The report highlights a growing body of research that finds that children who receive food assistance see improvements in health and academic performance and that these benefits are mirrored by long-run improvements in health, educational attainment, and economic self-sufficiency. The report also features new research that shows benefit levels are often inadequate to sustain families through the end of the month—resulting in high-cost consequences, such as a 27 percent increase in the rate of hospital admissions due to low blood sugar for low-income adults between the first and last week of the month, as well as diminished performance on standardized tests among school age children.

      Each month, SNAP helps about 46 million low-income Americans put food on the table. The large majority of households receiving SNAP include children, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and working adults. Two-thirds of SNAP benefits go to households with children.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/08/fact-sheet-council-economic-advisers-releases-report-highlighting-new

  3. TIME Person of the Year – Chancellor of the Free World Angela Merkel

    December 9, 2015 By Karl Vick / Berlin with Simon Shuster – TIME

    Excerpts:

    The year 2015 marked the start of Merkel’s 10th year as Chancellor of a united Germany and the de facto leader of the European Union, the most prosperous joint venture on the planet. By year’s end, she had steered the enterprise through not one but two existential crises, either of which could have meant the end of the union that has kept peace on the continent for seven decades. The first was thrust upon her—the slow-rolling crisis over the euro, the currency shared by 19 nations, all of which were endangered by the default of a single member, Greece. Its resolution came at the signature plodding pace that so tries the patience of Germans that they have made it a verb: Merkeling.

    The second was a thunderclap. In late summer, Merkel’s government threw open Germany’s doors to a pressing throng of refugees and migrants; a total of 1 million asylum seekers are expected in the country by the end of December. It was an audacious act that, in a single motion, threatened both to redeem Europe and endanger it, testing the resilience of an alliance formed to avoid repeating the kind of violence tearing asunder the Middle East by working together. That arrangement had worked well enough that it raised an existential question of its own, now being asked by the richest country in Europe: What does it mean to live well?

    Merkel had her answer: “In many regions war and terror prevail. States disintegrate. For many years we have read about this. We have heard about it. We have seen it on TV. But we had not yet sufficiently understood that what happens in Aleppo and Mosul can affect Essen or Stuttgart. We have to face that now.” For her, the refugee decision was a galvanizing moment in a career that was until then defined by caution and avoidance of anything resembling drama. Analysts called it a jarring departure from form. But it may also have been inevitable, given how Angela Merkel feels about walls.

    For more: http://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-2015-angela-merkel/?xid=homepage

  4. MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey, Purchase Applications up 29% YoY

    12/09/2015 07:01:00 AM by Bill McBride – calculatedrisk

    From the MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
    Mortgage applications increased 1.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending December 4, 2015. The previous week’s results included an adjustment for the Thanksgiving holiday.

    The Refinance Index increased 4 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 0.04 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 36 percent compared with the previous week and was 29 percent higher than the same week one year ago.

    For more: http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2015/12/mba-mortgage-applications-increase-in.html

  5. December 09, 2015

    Remarks by the President at Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment

    U.S. Capitol
    Washington, D.C.

    12:02 P.M. EST

    THE PRESIDENT: “In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free.” That’s what President Lincoln once wrote. “Honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.”

    Mr. Speaker, leaders and members of both parties, distinguished guests: We gather here to commemorate a century and a half of freedom — not simply for former slaves, but for all of us.

    Today, the issue of chattel slavery seems so simple, so obvious — it is wrong in every sense. Stealing men, women, and children from their homelands. Tearing husband from wife, parent from child; stripped and sold to the highest bidder; shackled in chains and bloodied with the whip. It’s antithetical not only to our conception of human rights and dignity, but to our conception of ourselves — a people founded on the premise that all are created equal.

    And, to many at the time, that judgment was clear as well. Preachers, black and white, railed against this moral outrage from the pulpit. Former slaves rattled the conscience of Americans in books, in pamphlets, and speeches. Men and women organized anti-slavery conventions and fundraising drives. Farmers and shopkeepers opened their barns, their homes, their cellars as waystations on an Underground Railroad, where African Americans often risked their own freedom to ensure the freedom of others. And enslaved Americans, with no rights of their own, they ran north and kept the flame of freedom burning, passing it from one generation to the next, with their faith, and their dignity, and their song.

    The reformers’ passion only drove the protectors of the status quo to dig in harder. And for decades, America wrestled with the issue of slavery in a way that we have with no other, before or since. It shaped our politics, and it nearly tore us asunder. Tensions ran so high, so personal, that at one point, a lawmaker was beaten unconscious on the Senate floor. Eventually, war broke out –- brother against brother, North against South.

    At its heart, the question of slavery was never simply about civil rights. It was about the meaning of America, the kind of country we wanted to be –- whether this nation might fulfill the call of its birth: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,” that among those are life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/09/remarks-president-commemoration-150th-anniversary-13th-amendment

  6. December 09, 2015

    Remarks by The First Lady At Annual Toys For Tots Events

    Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
    Washington, D.C.

    1:21 P.M. EST

    MRS. OBAMA: Well, hello, everyone! (Applause.) Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! Where are my children? Merry Christmas! Are you guys excited that in a couple of weeks, a few weeks it’s going to be Christmas, and you’re going to be out of school, and Santa is coming? Come on, don’t act like you’re not losing your minds. I know you are. (Laughter.) They are in my household.

    It’s always a pleasure to be with you guys. I have to say, this visit is always one of the highlights of the holiday season for me because it’s always a pleasure to be here with you guys again.

    And I’m not going to talk for long, because I’m here to actually work, to sort toys. And I’ve got some helpers over there, and maybe a few of you will join in — except for that one that’s asleep. (Laughter.) That little one. He’ll wake up before I go. I promise, he’ll be up. (Laughter.) But we’re going to get some work done sorting some toys.

    But first I want to thank a few people. Of course I want to thank Lieutenant General Osman, not just for that wonderful, gracious introduction, but the truth is that his leadership is really what makes Toys for Tots so successful. He is an amazing man, and he’s a very easy person to follow. I love working with him, so I want to thank him.

    I also want to thank your base Vice Commander, Colonel Peters, as well as Lieutenant Colonel Johnson and Gunnery Sergeant Givans, who are helping and taking the lead to run the Toys for Tots drive here in the Capital Region.

    And I want to recognize all of the outstanding folks from our White House Communications Agency — we call them our WHCA folks. Let’s hear it for WHCA! (Applause.) They keep us connected. Because of you, I can talk to my husband when he travels around the world. Thank you for that. And thank you for bringing your families. Hopefully we got a few family members here. You guys, we really love you all, and this is a great way to get a chance to see you during the holidays.

    And of course, I want to thank all of our Marines from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling and your incredible families. Let’s hear it! Woo! (Applause.)

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/09/remarks-first-lady-annual-toys-tots-events

  7. December 09, 2015

    Remarks by President Obama and President Rivlin of Israel Before Bilateral Meeting

    Oval Office

    2:27 P.M. EST

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it is a wonderful pleasure to greet and welcome President Rivlin on his first trip to the Oval Office as the President of Israel. This gives us an opportunity to reaffirm the unbreakable bonds between our two countries and our two peoples. And we are especially pleased that President Rivlin and Ms. Rivlin are going to be able to join us a little bit later this afternoon at the first of our two Hanukkah parties here at the White House. So we feel very blessed by that.

    As I’ve reiterated many times before and as I indicated when Prime Minister Netanyahu was here, we consider our commitment to Israel’s security to be one of the most important principles of American foreign policy.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/09/remarks-president-obama-and-president-rivlin-israel-bilateral-meeting

    • Muslim Advocates Heralds President Obama’s Historic Judicial Nomination

      Posted on September 6, 2016 by Fatima Khan – muslimadvocates

      Sept. 6, 2016 — Today President Obama nominated Abid R. Qureshi to serve as a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. A litigation partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Washington, DC, Mr. Qureshi is the first American Muslim to be nominated to serve on the federal judiciary.

      “I commend President Obama for taking this important step in continuing to pick the best and brightest from every community to serve as part of our nation’s judiciary,” said Farhana Khera, former counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and executive director of Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy organization. “A judiciary that reflects the rich diversity of our nation helps ensure the fair and just administration of the law, and it is vital for American Muslims to be included. Mr. Qureshi’s profound commitment to the rule of law and justice for people of all backgrounds makes him an exceptional nominee.”

      Mr. Qureshi has a long and distinguished legal career. He has served as lead counsel in numerous trials before state and federal courts across the country and has represented clients at the trial and appellate levels and before state and federal regulators and national and international arbitral tribunals. Mr. Qureshi has also served as Chair of Latham’s Global Pro Bono Committee since 2012, overseeing one of the world’s largest pro bono programs. His pro bono work has included working with Muslim Advocates on two cutting edge civil rights cases.

      For more: https://www.muslimadvocates.org/muslim-advocates-heralds-president-obamas-historic-judicial-nomination-2/

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