President Obama Strongly Condemns The Murder of 3 Muslim Students In Chapel Hill

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President Obama issued a statement on the murders of three students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, saying, “No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship.”

The President’s full statement:

Yesterday, the FBI opened an inquiry into the brutal and outrageous murders of Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Deah Shaddy Barakat, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In addition to the ongoing investigation by local authorities, the FBI is taking steps to determine whether federal laws were violated. No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship. Michelle and I offer our condolences to the victims’ loved ones. As we saw with the overwhelming presence at the funeral of these young Americans, we are all one American family. Whenever anyone is taken from us before their time, we remember how they lived their lives – and the words of one of the victims should inspire the way we live ours.

“Growing up in America has been such a blessing,” Yusor said recently. “It doesn’t matter where you come from. There’s so many different people from so many different places, of different backgrounds and religions – but here, we’re all one.”

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It’s particularly poignant for this President, the recipient of relentless, virulent hatred based on his skin color and misguided fallacies about his religious beliefs (which shouldn’t matter anyway), to speak about the meaning of freedom. It’s ironic that often the very folks targeting others based on what they look like or how they worship do so under the banner of “freedom”.

11 Replies to “President Obama Strongly Condemns The Murder of 3 Muslim Students In Chapel Hill”

  1. Such a tragic loss of three beautiful young people dedicated to making this world better place by such a worthless person that has made our world so miserable just by his presence.

    RIP sweet young ones.

  2. After yesterday’s funeral, a Muslim mother came to school to pick up her son. She came directly from the funeral and upon seeing me, she came over and put her head on my shoulder and began to sob. Thank your for your support and love of my son, she said, and thank you for your support of my family. “We are so lucky to be living in this country, and please don’t be angry because we know he does not represent the people of this great country”. “I love you.”. My heart just broke and I began to cry as well. She also has a daughter who is a student at UNC. She knows this family very well, and went to visit the family the day before the young student’s funeral. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims who contributed so much to their community, and would have continued to do so had they not been taken from us as such an early age. This crime was not over a parking space. It was a hate crime, pure and simple. Thank you President Obama for your statement today.

  3. Just listen to all the hate talk coming from any republican politican or hate radio, and the weak minded that listen turn everything physical for them, because the talking cowards dont have the balls themselves, for 6 long years this is exactly what these asshats have been striving to convey to there lemmings. Talk is cheap until it takes a deadly turn. To kill someone because they dont measure up to your cowardly standards sucks. No republican hate “sucks”.

  4. I guess Edrogan is satisfied now. He issued a statement on yesterday saying how “disappointed” he is that Pres. Obama didn’t address these kids’ murders. He must realize that our president takes time to craft his statements so that he’s not just talking, he’s communicating effectively and including a personal touch intended for his targeted audience. These kids’ deaths were avoidable. It is because of some rw pundits, blog owners, politicians, and radio entertainers that the idea that “all Muslims should be wiped from the face of the earth” took hold in some Americans’ minds. Little did they know that some who are/were listening to them took/take them seriously. A mosque was set afire in TX today, and an Idaho woman tried to convert a Jewish woman to Christianity by beating her.
    http://www.ktvb.com/story/news/crime/2015/02/13/haragan-malicious-harassment-jewish-christian/23365051/

  5. As Houston Islamic Center Burns, Firefighter Posts, “Let it burn…block the fire hydrant.”

    On Friday morning, part of the Quba Islamic Institute in Houston went up in flames, and local firefighters spent over an hour battling the blaze before extinguishing it, saving the institute’s school and mosque. The building set ablaze, which stored religious books, was completely destroyed, and came after the center’s staff chased off a masked man from the premises earlier this week.

    Houston officials believe the fire was set intentionally
    http://abc13.com/news/hfd-accelerant-used-in-se-houston-islamic-community-fire/515887/

  6. After the KKK coming in to support Roy Moore, and what I heard on Hannity, with Tucker Carlson sitting in last night makes me believe Fox and the GOP should be classified as a hate group. They cherry picked lines President Obama said to make him look like he favors Islamic terrorists and Muslims in general. Of course the lone Liberal kept getting shouted over by Tucker and the token woman and black Obama haters.

  7. I think that the Muslim community needs to get off its high horse before it criticizes Islamaphobia, considering that there are horrific acts of violence carried out in the name of Allah every day. The glaring evidence that this shooting was motivated by Islamaphobia, and the fact that Islamaphobic ideology can be literally interpreted to justify the murder of innocent Muslims is completely irrelevant. So we should really disregard such ridiculous things, like the undeniable evidence, as if it doesn’t exist, and classify this violent act as a random parking lot shooting, even if doing so defies common sense. Clearly, the victims were not targeted for who they are. They just happened to be Muslims and the shooter just happened to be an Islamaphobe. It’s critical that we understand that the shooter does not represent the entire Islamaphobic population, which is 99.9% nonviolent. Islamaphobia is a peaceful ideology and when we brand this violent extremist as a violent Islamaphobic…

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