If you're like me you were waiting to see if President Obama was going to mention the Christian persecution that often takes place at the hands of militant Islam, in his speech in Cairo. Sadly, but not surprising, Obama didn't say one word about Christian persecution.
What Obama did do however, was tout his Muslim heritage by saying, "Now part of this conviction is rooted in my own experience. I'm a
Christian, but my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of
Muslims. As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and
heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and at the fall of dusk. As a
young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith."
He also went on to say,
Now, much has been made of the fact that an African American with the name Barack Hussein Obama could be elected President. (Applause.) But my personal story is not so unique. The dream of opportunity for all people has not come true for everyone in America, but its promise exists for all who come to our shores -- and that includes nearly 7 million American Muslims in our country today who, by the way, enjoy incomes and educational levels that are higher than the American average. (Applause.)
President Obama did refer once to the Bible, as Holy, and to the Koran has Holy five times. He also mentioned human rights twice.
If there was one point in the speech where if we squint and pretend just a little bit, President Obama indirectly addressed persecution. This is what he said,
I would like to know what you're thoughts were on President Obama's speech. Comments are open.