PRESIDENT OBAMA: The first Islamic center in New York City was founded in the 1890's. America's first mosque, this was an interesting fact, was in North Dakota. Muslim-Americans protect our communities as police officers and firefighters and first responders and protect our nation by serving in uniform and in our intelligence communities and in homeland security. And in cemeteries across our country, including in Arlington, Muslim-American heroes rest in peace having given their lives in defense of all of us.
Of course that is the story extremists and terrorists don't want the world to know -- Muslims succeeding and thriving in America. Because when that truth is known it exposes their propaganda as the lie that it is. It is also a story every American must never forget because it reminds us all that hatred and bigotry and prejudice have no place in our country. It's not just counterproductive, it doesn't just aid terrorists, it's wrong. It is contrary to who we are.