A while back on the Inside Islam radio series, host Jean Feraca repeated Colin Powell’s question, “What’s wrong with being Muslim?” During his campaign, Barack Obama refrained from addressing this question in relation to his own roots. Now as president, Obama is beginning to outline his administration’s efforts to reach out to the Muslim world. In a television interview on Al-Arabiya, an Arab news station, he discussed America’s next steps in the Muslim world and said:
Now, my job is to communicate the fact that the United States has a stake in the well-being of the Muslim world that the language we use has to be a language of respect. I have Muslim members of my family. I have lived in Muslim countries.
Part 2 of the interview is included below.
The interview has gotten a lot of attention both in online and in print media, signaling that the dialogue that President Obama mentions is not only important and engaging in Muslim countries but for nations around the world. Do you agree? What do you think the implications of this interview are? Is there hope for change in the Muslim world and for the war on terror? We’d like to continue the conversation here on Inside Islam. Feel free to offer your comments below or send us an email with your thoughts.