(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama’s trip to
“It would be very good for the president to actually visit an American mosque,” Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told CNSNews.com. “That would actually send a strong message of support for the Muslim American community.
Ibrahim Ramey, director of the civil and human right division of the American Muslim Society, said the president might be uncomfortable visiting an American mosque because it could add to speculation that Obama is a Muslim, but that it should not stop him from reaching out to American Muslims.
“We believe that given the social and interfaith mosaic of the United States and the fact that Muslims are part of this mosaic, that we would encourage him to not only visit a mosque but also we would encourage him to feel comfortable having dialogue with Muslim leaders in a place of worship that is Islamic,” Ramey said. “We think that that would be no more unusual than visiting a
Both Hooper and Ramey cited Obama’s connection to
The Jakarta Globe reported in an online article Saturday that Ben Rhodes, the
On Nov. 10, Obama will visit the largest mosque in the country that has the world’s biggest Muslim population, the paper reported.
But the hearts and minds of many Muslims have not been changed, according to one expert interviewed by the Jakarta Globe.
“The Islamic world’s perception toward the
Hooper predicted that the only controversy about Obama visiting the Indonesian mosque would come from “right wing” critics of Obama. Without Obama’s Muslim ties, the visit would be routine for any other
“I don’t think visiting a mosque in
When Obama visited