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Marco Rubio Slams Obama's Speech On Fighting Islamophobia

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posted on Feb, 4 2016 @ 08:45 AM
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Marco Rubio Slams Obama's Speech On Fighting Islamophobia

Talk about king hypocrite here. Check this craziness out.


Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) somehow found a way to criticize President Barack Obama's speech on Wednesday denouncing anti-Muslim bigotry.

Rubio, who often stresses religious liberty and his own faith on the campaign trail, said Obama's words at a Baltimore mosque were intended to divide, rather than unite, the American people.

"I'm tired of being divided against each other for political reasons like this president's done," Rubio said at a Wednesday campaign stop in Dover, New Hampshire. "Always pitting people against each other. Always! Look at today: He gave a speech at a mosque. Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims."


The hell? How is visiting a mosque discrimination? So when a politician visits a church that means discrimination too?


In an historic visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore, Obama, in his first visit to a mosque as president, proclaimed attacks on Islam as attacks on all faiths and urged awareness of how Islamophobia affects Muslim children. He didn't name names, but implicitly referred to Republican presidential candidates, like Donald Trump, who last year proposed a temporary ban on Muslims from entering the United States, and widespread Republican opposition to Syrian refugees, even those who are children, being allowed into the country.

“We have to reject a politics that seeks to manipulate prejudice or bias, and targets people because of religion,” Obama said, praising American Muslims and their role in U.S. history.


That doesn't look like discrimination or decisive speech to me. Looks like common sense to me. You know, honor the First Amendment and all?

Oh and keep this in mind:


Obama isn't the first president to visit a mosque in order to stress unity and tolerance. President George W. Bush did so days after the Sept 11, 2001, terror attacks to reassure American Muslims.


And this:


Hate crimes against American Muslims have tripled since the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, including incidents where vandals have thrown bacon and even a severed pig's head at mosques.


Oh and keep in mind that not all conservatives agree with Rubio here:


The president's speech received praise from some Republicans. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a Rubio rival in the race for the GOP nomination, said it was "important for the president to lead in this regard" and "important for people to know that they have worth, that they have value, that we’re all, you know, we’re all American."

Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, no friend of Obama, called the president's speech "superb."


Rubio should really start trying to walk this idiocy back.



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posted on Feb, 4 2016 @ 09:01 AM
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a reply to: Krazysh0t

There is a meme that Obama has "divided this nation" - Christian against Muslim, and black against white - Why not hold the people to account for the hatred and fear in their hearts? THAT'S what's dividing this nation. I thought Republicans were fairly fond of personal responsibility and religious freedom... Can they not take personal responsibility for their own feelings toward those who are "different"? And religious freedom seems to apply only to Christians in their minds.

After all, Obama has been visiting Christian churches his entire presidency, and we never heard a peep about how divisive that was... But ONE VISIT to a mosque has some on the right in an emotional (divided) tizzy.

If Rubio is "tired of being divided against each other for political reasons", why does he use this mosque visit to divide people for political reasons?



posted on Feb, 4 2016 @ 09:03 AM
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a reply to: Krazysh0t

Rubio spends more time running against Obama than against his fellow GOP candidates. Maybe someone on his campaign staff needs to tell him Obama is not a candidate.



posted on Feb, 4 2016 @ 09:05 AM
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originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
If Rubio is "tired of being divided against each other for political reasons", why does he use this mosque visit to divide people for political reasons?


Exactly. That's why I called him king hypocrite.



posted on Feb, 4 2016 @ 09:06 AM
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a reply to: Benevolent Heretic

Has Obama united the nation?

And if so, how?



posted on Feb, 4 2016 @ 09:07 AM
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Rubio would never be able to say something like this and not be laughed off stage if the Right Wing propaganda did not create an entire section of society that believes crap like this.

He is appealing to misinformed, ignorant people that suck-up the confirmation bias.



posted on Feb, 4 2016 @ 09:19 AM
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You heard it here first: attacks on Islam is an attack on all faiths. Common sense.



posted on Feb, 4 2016 @ 09:23 AM
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Hes in need of votes, he will say what a certain part of america thinks, obama is leaving office this year, the gop runners still need to use obama and islam as the big boogey man to win the white house.



posted on Feb, 4 2016 @ 09:29 AM
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originally posted by: introvert
He is appealing to misinformed, ignorant people that suck-up the confirmation bias.


Exactly. But I can certainly understand him taking this tack. It's worked swimmingly for Trump, and he's the front-runner. The candidates who are lower in the polls are trying to emulate Trump, in his xenophobic and hateful rhetoric, to gain more votes.



posted on Feb, 4 2016 @ 09:32 AM
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originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic

originally posted by: introvert
He is appealing to misinformed, ignorant people that suck-up the confirmation bias.


Exactly. But I can certainly understand him taking this tack. It's worked swimmingly for Trump, and he's the front-runner. The candidates who are lower in the polls are trying to emulate Trump, in his xenophobic and hateful rhetoric, to gain more votes.


This is a depressing trend if I've ever seen one.



posted on Feb, 4 2016 @ 09:35 AM
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originally posted by: dukeofjive696969
Hes in need of votes, he will say what a certain part of america thinks, obama is leaving office this year, the gop runners still need to use obama and islam as the big boogey man to win the white house.


According to the FBI, Hate crime in America represented .22% of violent crime in 2014. Most were simple assaults. There were something like 5000 or more hate crime offenders in America during that same year, making up just .0011% of the American population. I guess everyone is dealing in "boogey" men.



posted on Feb, 4 2016 @ 09:39 AM
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originally posted by: LesMisanthrope

originally posted by: dukeofjive696969
Hes in need of votes, he will say what a certain part of america thinks, obama is leaving office this year, the gop runners still need to use obama and islam as the big boogey man to win the white house.


According to the FBI, Hate crime in America represented .22% of violent crime in 2014. Most were simple assaults. There were something like 5000 or more hate crime offenders in America during that same year, making up just .0011% of the American population. I guess everyone is dealing in "boogey" men.


Sorry did you have a point? Are you saying that the gop is not using islam and obama as a boogey man, or are you saying that hate crimes are so low that you dont understand why hes using obama to win votes.



posted on Feb, 4 2016 @ 09:39 AM
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Exactly. But I can certainly understand him taking this tack. It's worked swimmingly for Trump, and he's the front-runner. The candidates who are lower in the polls are trying to emulate Trump, in his xenophobic and hateful rhetoric, to gain more votes.
a reply to: Benevolent Heretic


You're right, the other candidates are trying to emulate him. In the mean time they're all swimming in the same cesspool. Unfortunately, I think Trumps tactics will have an affect on future presidential campaigns.



posted on Feb, 4 2016 @ 09:41 AM
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a reply to: dukeofjive696969

I clearly said everyone is using a bogeyman, but given the world affairs in during the last few years, hate crime is a much bigger bogeyman than Islam.

Everyone speaks of hate and hate crimes and other nonsense. Islam is clearly the bigger issue.
edit on 4-2-2016 by LesMisanthrope because: (no reason given)



posted on Feb, 4 2016 @ 09:55 AM
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a reply to: Benevolent Heretic



I thought Republicans were fairly fond of personal responsibility and religious freedom.

They are as long as it's for Christians. Remember the fear of Islam must be maintained how else can they get people to support a war against it.



posted on Feb, 4 2016 @ 10:27 AM
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originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: Benevolent Heretic

Has Obama united the nation?

And if so, how?


You clearly miss the entire point of my post... Let me clarify. The people are divided because of the hatred and fear in their hearts. It is THEIR personal responsibility (not Obama's) to own and deal with their own feelings of hatred and fear. We are all responsible for our own feelings. The president is neither responsible for how we feel nor how we act toward our fellow man, whether it be with love and acceptance or hatred and fear. Saying he has divided us just shows a lack of personal responsibility.

A lot of people say that Bush "united the nation" after 9/11. I posit that the PEOPLE of the nation united ourselves, out of love, empathy and compassion for our fellow man. We would have united, even if a peanut was in the presidential office.

Obama hasn't divided this country any more than Trump has united us. It's impossible for one person to change the hearts and minds of 300 million people. It's the personal responsibility of those people.



posted on Feb, 4 2016 @ 11:56 AM
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a reply to: Benevolent Heretic

Good answer.

Thanks for replying.



posted on Feb, 4 2016 @ 12:32 PM
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a reply to: Krazysh0t




The hell? How is visiting a mosque discrimination? So when a politician visits a church that means discrimination too?


It is refering to the speech he gave there, not the visit itself.......


"Always pitting people against each other. Always! Look at today: He gave a speech at a mosque. Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims."



Where does it even say that Obama is discriminating?
edit on 4-2-2016 by DutchMasterChief because: (no reason given)



posted on Feb, 4 2016 @ 12:59 PM
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a reply to: Benevolent Heretic




After all, Obama has been visiting Christian churches his entire presidency, and we never heard a peep about how divisive that was... But ONE VISIT to a mosque has some on the right in an emotional (divided) tizzy.


It is not the visit to the mosque, it is what he said.



In an historic visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore, Obama, in his first visit to a mosque as president, proclaimed attacks on Islam as attacks on all faiths and urged awareness of how Islamophobia affects Muslim children. He didn't name names, but implicitly referred to Republican presidential candidates, like Donald Trump, who last year proposed a temporary ban on Muslims from entering the United States, and widespread Republican opposition to Syrian refugees, even those who are children, being allowed into the country.


He is acting like there is an overall anti islam sentiment across America affecting American muslims when this really is not the case at all.

He is dividing people by claiming there is a situation like this. What Trump proposed isn't even aimed at muslims already in America.

So, not only is the picture he is painting virtually non existent, he is also wrongly connecting it to what Trump said.



posted on Feb, 4 2016 @ 01:04 PM
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a reply to: LesMisanthrope

I believe it was a Baptist minister who once said, "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." It just happens that the president is an Americna President, in the United States, speaking to Americans about American situations. and in America, Muslims are getting the crap end of the stirring-stick.




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