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President Obama issues Ramadan statement

June 07, 2016

President Barack Obama has issued a statement marking the beginning of the month of Ramadan.

Extending his “best wishes to Muslims across the United States and around the world,” the president said that “for many, this month is an opportunity to focus on reflection and spiritual growth, forgiveness, patience and resilience, compassion for those less fortunate, and unity across communities.”

The president expressed sadness at the plight of Muslim refugees who “may not be able to observe Ramadan from the comfort of their own homes this year” and said:

I stand firmly with Muslim American communities in rejection of the voices that seek to divide us or limit our religious freedoms or civil rights. I stand committed to safeguarding the civil rights of all Americans no matter their religion or appearance.

The Republican National Committee issued its own message for Ramadan.

“As the crescent moon inaugurates this month of fasting from sunrise to sundown, we hope Muslim families across the country the will enjoy a time of spiritual reflection and blessings,” said chairman Reince Priebus.

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  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jun. 08, 2016 2:28 PM ET USA

    I find the President's words "... the voices that seek to divide us or limit our religious freedoms or civil rights." very hypocritical as that is exactly what he is trying to do to Catholics and other Christians.