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Friday, June 05, 2009

White House Touts Muslims In Government With Video

As part of broader effort to recast Muslim-American relations, the Obama White House released a new video on Wednesday night highlighting the work of Muslim-Americans in federal government.
The clip, roughly three-and-a-half minutes in length, compiles the stories and testimony of three young employees, one from USAID, another from the White House Counsel's office and a third from the Department of Justice. The underlying message, while not directly stated, was fairly clear: These individuals are just as committed to the nation's fabric as the non-Muslims with whom they work.
"There is a prophetic tradition in our faith that if you see something objectionable that you should change it with your hands, if you are unable to change it in your hands than you should speak out against it, you should change it with your tongue," said Rashad, the White House lawyer. "And if you are unable to do that, it means you should dislike it in your heart."


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