Oval Office Address: ‘Freedom Is More Powerful Than Fear’ In Fight Against ISIL

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President Obama said Sunday that the nation should not be fearful of Muslims, but should embrace the community and not feed into discriminatory and racist thoughts toward them.

Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office following the mass shooting last week in San Bernardino that left 14 people dead and nearly two dozen wounded. Amid early indications that the husband-and-wife shooters had become radicalized, Obama compared the San Bernardino massacre to earlier incidents of homegrown radicalism at Ft. Hood and in Chattanooga.

Obama said the nation should remember that Muslim Americans are “our friends and our neighbors,” coworkers and sports heroes, and that they are men and women in uniform willing to defend the United States.

“Freedom is more powerful than fear,” Obama said, adding that Americans should not forget what makes the nation exceptional.

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  1. Avatar for sooner sooner says:

    Good speech but will not satisfy the nutter crowd.

  2. No declaration of martial law, no FEMA camp incarcerations, no Muslim Games. Major disappointment.

  3. a little disappointed that is was sorta framed as somehow a foreign problem… he should’ve called out the domestic terrorists like the shooters in CO, AZ and TX etc

  4. Solid speech which lays out the Obama anti-terror strategy.

    What I like here is unlike Bush telling us to go shopping, Obama tasks everyone with a role in this fight:

    “Muslim leaders here and around the globe have to continue working with us to decisively and unequivocally reject the hateful ideology that groups like ISIL and Al Qaeda promote. To speak out against not just acts of violence, but also those interpretations of Islam that are incompatible with the values of religious tolerance, mutual respect, and human dignity.”

    “But just as it is the responsibility of Muslims around the world to root out misguided ideas that lead to radicalization, it is the responsibility of all Americans, of every faith, to reject discrimination. 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.”

  5. No one expected the Muslim Inquisition?

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