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Issue: 14 June 2009
Reach Out
to Muslims
Obama tells Europe
“In all of this, I think that effective way to integrate people
Europe and France have a of all faiths is to not try to suppress
role to play just as the United their traditions, but rather to open
States does, to send a signal up opportunities.”
to Muslims around the world Sarkozy, however, insisted that
that we welcome and want France has a different view.
their participation in a world “Civil servants must not wear
community that is peaceful, any outward sign of their religion,
that is prosperous, that is whether they are Catholics,
developing in favour of all Jewish, Orthodox, Protestants or
people,” Obama said. Muslims,” he said.
“The second thing is a young
In a much-heralded speech to the woman can wear a head scarf
Muslim world, Obama vowed to provided that’s a decision they
forge a new beginning with the took freely and not been forced
Muslim world to remove a decade on them by their family or their
of mistrust and discord. entourage,” he said.
The two leaders also differed “France is a country where
on Obama’s call for European everybody can enjoy the
countries to lift bans on the convictions, but women are
wearing of hijab. respected as is their autonomy.”
“I won’t take responsibility for France banned the Muslim
how other countries are going to veil in public places in 2004,
approach this,” Obama said. with several European countries
“I will tell you that in the United following suit.
States, our basic attitude is that Hijab is an obligatory code of
we’re not going to tell people what dress for Muslim women, not a
to wear. symbol that shows ones religious
“My general view is that most affiliation.
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