Thursday, June 4, 2009

Obama opens up with his speech in Cairo

President Obama gave a candid speech in Cairo with mixed but often hopeful reactiosn worldwide. He mentioned that many of his ancestors from Kenya were Muslim even though he is Christian, and he says he is determined to end prototyping and stereotyping.

But he has drawn criticism from Republicans for suggesting that Israel should stop settlements on the West Bank (stop the expropriation of land), much as Jimmy Carter has said. Some Republicans seem to be saying that Israel’s expropriations would be justified by its need to defend itself, but that kind of reasoning would not be acceptable within the United States.

One of the most important quotes from the speech is “"Just as America can never tolerate violence by extremists, we must never alter our principles. 9/11 was an enormous trauma to our country. The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our traditions and our ideals."

Andrew Sullivan, in his Atlantic Daily Dish, writes that Obama’s willingness to ask the West to open itself up and effectively act Christian rather than “christianist” (or practice, as Rosicrucians call it, “Churchianity”) can open the way for a real meeting with the Islamist world. The link is here.

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