President Obama says recent political rhetoric against Muslim-Americans is inexcusable and has no place in our country. Speaking from a mosque in Baltimore, Obama said this is a time of concern and fear for Muslim-Americans as their entire community is often targeted or blamed for the violent acts of the very few.
Obama remarked that most Americans only hear about Muslims and Islam after an act of terrorism or "in distorted media portrayals." He remarked that too often people conflate the acts of terrorism with an entire faith. The Islamic Society of Baltimore is the first American mosque Obama has visited during his time in the White House.
The President's visit is not without controversy as the mosque is reported to have extremist ties. According to Fox News, a former imam at the Islamic Society of Baltimore is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Sudan.
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