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Ongoing tension over Islam and its role in terrorism and in American society.
White House correspondent Mike Emanuel reports the president tried to emphasize the positive.
On the eve of the September 11 anniversary to controversies have created a volatile mix of religion in politics.
The proposed mosque near ground zero.
In a preachers threat to burn copies of occur on.
In the wake of this present Obama spoke about the contributions.
Of Muslim Americans including those serving in the US military in harm's way.
Part of honoring their service -- making sure that they understand that.
We don't differentiate.
Between them and us.
It's just us.
Obama also paid tribute to his predecessor for showing sensitivity on the issue of religion.
One of the things that I most admired about.
It was after 9/11.
Kim being crystal clear about the fact that.
We were not at war -- this line.
With the recent pew poll showing 13 of the country believes the president is a Christian.
And one in five Americans believes he's a Muslim mr.
Obama spoke about his conviction.
It's as somebody.
-- relies heavily.
Upon my Christian faith in.
In my job.
But the passions.
Religious faith can can race.
The president reiterated his position that despite the sensitivities of building a mosque near ground zero.
Americans have to live up to our values all men and women are created equal -- freedom of religion.
What that means is that.
If you could build a church -- -- site.
You could build a synagogue on -- sorry.
If you could build a Hindu temple on a -- and you should be able to build.
On the site.
On Thursday secretary of defense Robert Gates called Florida pastor Terry Jones -- to talk him out of occur on burning the president sought to avoid aggravating the situation.
And elevating the pastor status.
With respect to individual them for my hope is that this individual.
Praise on -- refrains from -- After promising not to burn the -- pastor Jones -- since wavered and suggest he's not worried about the possibility of big bloody.
In violent reaction in the Muslim world.
It is still uncertain of Jones and it Monroe moved the Muslim cleric behind the -- project in New York.
Will meet on 9/11.
Brett like a man alive in the White House briefing room Mike facts and.
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