Skip to comments.Obama: U.S. not at war with Islam; 'sorry band of men' hit us on 9/11
Posted on 09/11/2010 10:59:10 AM PDT by Qbert
President Obama stressed that America was not at war with Islam as he decried the "sorry band of men" who attacked the nation nine years ago in memorial ceremonies at the Pentagon on Saturday.
"The perpetrators of this evil act didn't simply attack America; they attacked the very idea of America itself -- all that we stand for and represent in the world," Obama said. "And so the highest honor we can pay those we lost, indeed our greatest weapon in this ongoing war, is to do what our adversaries fear the most -- to stay true to who we are, as Americans; to renew our sense of common purpose; to say that we define the character of our country, and we will not let the acts of some small band of murderers who slaughter the innocent and cower in caves distort who we are."
One hundred and twenty-five people in the Pentagon were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 plowed into the side of the building. Fifty-nine were killed on plane. The president spoke at the Pentagon ceremonies while first lady Michelle Obama spoke along with former first lady Laura Bush at the site in Shanksville, Pa., where 40 were killed on United Flight 93 when passengers overtook the hijackers and drove the plane into the ground.
Michelle Obama lauded the former first lady "for all her work to help the nation heal in the days and months after the attack."
Vice President Joe Biden joined remembrance ceremonies at Ground Zero, where the World Trade Center towers were felled. More than 2,600 were killed in the attacks on the landmark buildings, and 147 died on the two planes that struck the towers. The victims of all the attacks hailed from 80 different countries.
With the backdrop of recent controversies that overshadowed the run-up to the ninth anniversary -- a mosque project that has drawn bitter protests near Ground Zero and a Florida pastor's plans to burn Qurans that sparked deadly protests in Afghanistan -- Obama implored Americans to "not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust."
"They may wish to drive us apart, but we will not give in to their hatred and prejudice," he said. "For Scripture teaches us to 'get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.'
"They may seek to spark conflict between different faiths, but as Americans we are not -- and never will be -- at war with Islam. It was not a religion that attacked us that September day -- it was al-Qaeda, a sorry band of men which perverts religion. And just as we condemn intolerance and extremism abroad, so will we stay true to our traditions here at home as a diverse and tolerant nation.
"We champion the rights of every American, including the right to worship as one chooses -- as service members and civilians from many faiths do just steps from here, at the very spot where the terrorists struck this building."
Obama said that "we will keep alive the virtues and values that make us who we are and who we must always be."
Thats a lie!!!!
Same guys as the Cordoba House, your brethren, Barry!
Seems the Saudis are the ones financing this terrorism.
They pay for the “mosques” that teach wahhabism.
Our pals, the Saudis. They hate us behind our backs..
At least the Iranians are upfront about hating us.
“Convert or Kill” is the Koran’s message. The “sorry band” was JUST ONE of millions of sorry bands.
We’re at war with Islam whether we choose to admit it or not. Nothing can change Islam except Muslims, and they seem to like it just fine as it is.
From a previous post:
IMHO, our fundamental mistake has been to accept the premise that Islam is a religion, on a par with Christianity and Judaism. It is not.
It is an exclusivist, absolutist, totalitarian world view with political demands that require the supplanting of any other existing political system. That is why Islam must be purged from our society.
Islam is the religion component, the trojan horse that gets the totalitarian horde past our gates via the first amendment.
I believe Islam is a religion. I dont think it should be illegal. But it is a religion that must be looked at in the same way we look at religions like Satanism. These religions are not illegal, but they are held in contempt by the vast majority. They are heaped with scorn, ridicule, and shame.
Islam must be treated in the same way. The people must force it from their communities by rejecting it at every appearance in any lawful way. No longer can we turn away and ignore it as it grows in our midst.
Islam must not be tolerated in a live-and-let-live kind of way. It must be treated as a pestilence; a canker on the nations body; a wholly incompatible threat to freedom and liberty; a two faced invader.
Islam is a traitorous belief system that seeks to replace our representative democracy with a totalitarian oligarchy.
When we were hit on 9/11 at both the White House, and NYC we did not hear one peep from any Muslim nation or religious leader of Muslim stating they were against this atrocity and act of war.
We still haven’t.
So, where does Obama/the White House get this idea?
Obama quoted Scripture? What’s up with that? Now he’s going to impress on us about his strong Chritian faith??
Does he go to church at all in Washington? They didn’t even go to church on Christmas.
Why does Obama pronounce “Koran” with such an obvious Arabic inflection?
Well, Barry, it would be easier to believe that WTC was attacked by extremists that moderate muslims don’t support, if it weren’t for the fact that moderates are now trying to build a victory mosque on the site that their extremist brethern so considerately cleared for them.
That “sorry band of men” was the point of a spear held by an international organization bent on imposing sharia law everywhere.
The GOP ought to be embarrassed that they were beaten by this pos two years ago.
It is Islam that is a war with EVERYONE!
What?! Our esteemed President has made it clear he doesn't like America. He flames America every day.
For the ten thousandth time Obama, IT WAS ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS AND RADICALS THAT ATTACKED US ON 9/11!
Write it on the blackboard 500 times you asshole!
Right out of the playbook...
I Thou shalt create an illusion of invulnerability shared by most members to foster excessive optimism and encourage extreme risks taking
III Thou shalt promote collective efforts to rationalize in order to discount warnings, or other information that might lead members to reconsider their assumptions before they recommit themselves to their assumptions
The really sorry band are the crew of libtards, radicals, socialists and big government nanny state fascists that came in on Nov 5 2008
We in the West should publicly ridicule this cult. We should do this in every Western country, not just here in America.
Ridicule. Nothing but ridicule. And post it on Youtube.
IT WAS THE TENET OF FAITH OF ISLAM, JIHAD. Just like Catholics with the Host, Baptists with Baptismal Tanks, Pentecostals with their Speaking in Tongues, and Church of Christ with their King James Version, and Mormons Baptizing their dead. MUSLIMS do JIHAD; Please Barry...admit it. You grew up in Indonesia and YOU KNOW THIS. Don’t lie.
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