Washington DC (ANI): The White House announced that US President Barack Obama is set to make his maiden visit during his presidency to an American mosque.
According to the Washington Post, his visit is part of the administration’s push to ‘promote religious tolerance at a time when rhetoric linking Islam with terrorism is growing’.
The President will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore, which is one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest Muslim centres and describes itself as aspiring “to be the anchor of a growing Muslim community with diverse backgrounds, democratically governed, relating to one another with inclusiveness and tolerance, and interacting with neighbours in an Islamic exemplary manner”.
According to a White House official, Obama is making the visit to “to celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life”.
“The President believes that one of our nation’s greatest strengths is our rich diversity and the very idea that Americans of different faiths and backgrounds can thrive together that we’re all part of the same American family,” the official added. “As the President has said, Muslim Americans are our friends, and neighbours; our co-workers, and sports heroes and our men and women in uniform defending our country.”
At the Islamic Society, the President will also hold a roundtable discussion with community members.