President Barack Obama once again confused Americans when he offered a proclamation on the Muslim holiday Eud-al-Fitr crediting Muslims with helping to build “the very fabric of our nation.” The statement came off strangely to many given the fact that the country has not had a very large contingent of Muslims at any point in its history even until this day, when their numbers mark less than 1 percent. Also, Obama has at times neglected to mark important Christian holidays such as Easter, with official proclamations.
Here is the full text Obama’s proclamation:
As Muslims throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to them and their families. This last month has been a time of fasting, reflection, spiritual renewal, and service to the less fortunate. While Eid marks the completion of Ramadan, it also celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other, especially those impacted by poverty, conflict, and disease.
In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy. That is why we stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to their communities.
On behalf of the Administration, we wish Muslims in the United States and around the world a blessed and joyous celebration. Eid Mubarak.