In the wake of the deadly attack in France that took the lives of 84 people, President Obama furiously condemned the suggestion that Muslims living in the United States should be “tested” to remain in the country, calling the entire idea “repugnant.”
Speaking to a group of ambassadors at the White House during the Diplomatic Corps Reception, Obama said that the United States is standing with France and will continue the fight against terrorism. In his first remarks since the Bastille Day attack in Nice, the president did not explicitly link the Islamic State to the horror that unfolded on Thursday night when a Tunisian man drove a truck through the crowd, saying the details are still unclear.
These terrorists are targeting and killing innocent people of all backgrounds and all faiths, including Muslims. I know I speak for all of us when I say these individuals and these networks are an affront to all of our humanity,” he said.
Obama did not call Newt Gingrich out by name, but he slammed the suggestion made by the former Republican speaker the night before. Following Thursday’s tragedy in France, Gingrich argued that all Muslims should be “tested” and if they fail the test by believing in sharia law, then they should be deported.
In the wake of last night’s attacks, we’ve heard more suggestions that all Muslims in America be targeted, tested for their beliefs, some deported or jailed,” Obama said.
“The very suggestion is repugnant and an affront to everything we stand for as Americans.
Gingrich was likely trying to impress presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump who has called for all Muslims to be banned from entering the United States until “we can figure out what’s going on.”
The president said that we cannot turn on one another and divide ourselves based on religious beliefs because this is exactly what the terrorists want.
We cannot give in to fear, or turn on each other, or sacrifice our way of life. We cannot let ourselves be divided by religion — because that’s exactly what the terrorists want,” Obama said. ” We should never do their work for them. And here in the United States, our freedoms — including freedom of religion — help keep us strong and safe, and we have to be vigilant and defend our security and our freedoms.”
Watch President Obama condemn the suggestion of a “Muslim test” here:
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