Obama said: “Here in America, many people personally don’t know someone who is Muslim. They mostly hear about Muslims in the news — and that can obviously lead to a very distorted impression.” The idea that Americans have a “distorted impression” of Muslims because they don’t know any Muslims personally is a condescending talking point that Obama picked up from Islamic supremacist Muslim Brotherhood-tied groups such as the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
People don’t have a negative impression of Islam because they haven’t met kind, friendly Muslims. People don’t have a negative impression of Islam because of some fictional “Islamophobia industry,” either. People have a negative impression of Islam because Islamic jihad terrorists invoke Islamic texts and teachings to justify hatred, violence, brutality and oppression. No amount of contact with kind, friendly Muslims will change that. One man who decided that he shouldn’t oppose jihad terror after going into a mosque does not, unfortunately, alter the reality of jihad terror.
“Obama laments ‘distorted impression’ of Muslims,” by Ben Kamisar, The Hill, June 23, 2015:
President Obama stressed religious tolerance during an Iftar dinner to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, linking the murders of nine black Christians in South Carolina with the killings of three Muslims in North Carolina earlier this year.
“Our prayers remain with Charleston and Mother Emanuel church,” Obama said Monday night, using the nickname of the historically black church in Charleston where nine people were killed Wednesday night after a gunman opened fire in a Bible study.
“As Americans, we insist that nobody should be targeted because of who they are, or what they look like, who they love, how they worship. We stand united against these hateful acts.”
Obama lamented the “distorted impression” that many Americans have of Muslims.
“Here in America, many people personally don’t know someone who is Muslim. They mostly hear about Muslims in the news — and that can obviously lead to a very distorted impression,” Obama said.
He shared the story of protesters outside of an Arizona mosque who held up “offensive signs against Islam and Muslims. But when the congregants invited the protesters in to pray, some completely changed their minds….