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Republicans’ anti-Muslims rhetoric should be ignored: US Secretary of State

Published: 25/08/2012 08:22:00 AM GMT
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Tunis: Muslims are requested to ignore the anti-Muslim statements by Republican presidential hopefuls as their rhetoric against Muslims does not reflect the US policy.

By Farhan Iqbal

Tunis: Muslims are requested to ignore the anti-Muslim statements by Republican presidential hopefuls as their rhetoric against Muslims does not reflect the US policy.

The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, requested this to the Muslims across the US while she was addressing a town-hall style event in Tunisia, where she attended an international meeting on Syria.

Clinton said, “You will learn as your democracy develops that a lot of things are said in political campaigns that should not bear a lot of attention.”

“There are comments made that certainly don’t reflect the United States, don’t reflect our foreign policy, don’t reflect who we are as a people,” she added.

She pointed out that Muslims live with full freedoms in the United States of America having complete religious liberty.

“If you go to the United States you see mosques everywhere, you see Muslim Americans everywhere. That's the fact,” she said while adding, “So I would not pay attention to the rhetoric.”

Contesting to win the Republican Party nomination, White House aspirants issued anti-Islam statements to entice voters.

Newt Gingrich had said that he would support a Muslim candidate for the White House if he publicly renounces Shariah.

Republican aspirant, Rick Santorum, had also described Islamic Shariah as “an existential threat” to the US.

Former candidate, Herman Cain, had said that he would not appoint a Muslim in his administration. Cain, who withdrew from the race for the White House, later modified his position by calling for an unconstitutional “loyalty” oath for Muslim appointees.

A Republican representative, Peter King, said on what he described as “radicalization” of US Muslims.

Recently, a Republican Missouri lawmaker described Islam as a disease like polio while another Alaska Rep. branded Muslims as “occupiers” of American neighborhoods.

Muslims in the US have been feeling a growing hostility against them after these statements by Republican representatives.

Clinton came up in this situation and tried to pacify Muslims that these statements should be ignored as the US policies toward Muslims are represented by President Obama.

Clinton said, “I would say watch what president Obama says and does.”

“He’s our president. He represents all of the United States,” she added.

Obama had enjoyed widespread support in the Muslim world following his election as America’s first black president.

He delivered a landmark speech to the Muslim world from Cairo, where he vowed to end a decade of mistrust between Muslims and the US.

However, Obama’s popularity has dropped in the Muslim world since the Cairo speech as the US continued to wage war in Muslim nations; Afghanistan and Iraq.

The deadlock in the US-sponsored peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians has also added to the US leader’s woes.

Clinton expressed hope that incumbent President Obama will be re-elected to a second term in office.

“He will be re-elected president,” she said.

“I think that will be a very clear signal to the entire world as to what our values area and what our president believes,” Clinton concluded.

Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State