President Barack Obama has just visited a mosque. How important or unimport do you find this and why? read few comments.
Michael Coulter, Professor of Political Science, Grove City College
It’s significant in the sense that in the midst of some growing anti-Muslim sentiment that the president reaffirmed the US commitment to freedom of religion. President Obama is not the first president to visit a mosque; President Bush did so after the attacks of 2001. However, some portions of the population some think that the US should not protect the religious freedom of Muslims, and President Obama publicly rejected that claim. I’m only surprised that he didn’t make that kind of statement and visit to a mosque earlier in his presidency.
Carl Raschke, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Denver
The visit appears to have been an effort to shore up with some dramatic gesture his initiative to bring an increased number of Muslim refugees from the Middle East in the face of growing public opposition and Republican Party pushback. His bold statement that Muslims can be both Muslim and American was an effort affirm Islamic identity as an integral part of his multicultural vision of current society.
Ken Sherrill, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Hunter College , CUNY
Presidential visits are always of great symbolic importance. While he’s not likely to change the minds of people who are deeply prejudiced against Muslims (many of whom believe that Obama is a Muslim), it might bolster the support for Muslims among Democrats. It also communicates to Muslims in America that they are welcome and supported at the highest level.