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Obama's U.N. Speech Hits and Misses the Mark
by Ryan Mauro
In President Obama's speech at the United Nations yesterday, he sent a message to the Islamic world: We, like you, fear the critics of Islam. Though he stood against the Islamic blasphemy laws that punish real and imagined insulters of Islam, he reinforced the Islamist narrative that a war on Islam is underway.
"The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Yet to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied. Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims, and Shiite pilgrims," President Obama said.
He also took a few digs at the inconsistency in the Islamic world's rage. He noted that the U.S. hasn't instituted blasphemy laws against anti-Christian speech and that "the future must not belong to those who target Coptic Christians in Egypt."
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