Obama Praises Islam at White House Dinner

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President Obama praised American Muslims Tuesday for their contribution to society at a Ramadan dinner at the White House.
He noted the achievements of Muslims in business and sports, and said their accomplishments are too long to list.

"Tonight we celebrate a great religion and its commitment to justice and progress," Obama said. "We honor the contributions of America's Muslims and the positive example that so many of them set, through their own lives and we rededicate ourselves to the work of building a better and more hopeful world."

The two Muslim members of Congress, Reps. Keith Ellison and Andre Carson, were at the dinner along with ambassadors from Muslim nations.
Israel's Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren also attended.

President Obama released a video message to Muslims at the start of Ramadan, citing principles that he believes Muslims and Christians have in common such as advancing justice and tolerance to all human beings.

The White House began hosting the dinners to mark the holy month during the Bush administration.

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