“Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality. And here in the United States, Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has always been part of America.”
There are at least two of us...Obama and me...who have no FREAKING idea what "diversity" means in that first sentence. None. I don't think you can count the centuries-old blood-feud between Shi'a and Sunnies as "diversity". Islam, like the Borg, IS kind of diverse when it is sucking up people in one of its expansionist periods. It does not care who you are; resistance is futile. Maybe THAT's what Obama meant... But those periods are known, not for their "diversity", but for their suppression of "diversity"...in LOTS of forms.
And, I'm not dead sure that Islam is known for racial equality at all. Sure, it is SUPPOSED to be all about all Allah's children being one, but that isn't how a lot of Muslims live. It sure isn't obvious with regard to that race we know as "Jews". Seems I've heard that there are LOTS of racial divides Muslims observe.
But the real gob-stopper was Obama's "...reminder that Islam has always been part of America". That is just one of those Obama-isms that make reason stare. Always? Really? Support that, Mr. Obama...with...you know...anything REAL...
The first reference I know of in American history where Islam played a role was the Barbary Pirates...which is not, I'm sure, what Obama wants us thinking of this Ramadan.