Jenna Bush Hager Shares George W. Bush’s ‘Islam Is Peace’ Speech From 2001


Jenna Bush Hager wants to remind Americans to teach acceptance and love.

After a week of large-scale protests and massive pushback from government officials partially sparkedby PresidentDonald Trumpsexecutive order that targeted Muslims and refugees Hager tweeted out a sweet message on Tuesday morning.

Sharing an excerpt from a speech by her father, former President George W. Bush,Hager implored Americans to accept all religions.

Her father delivered theIslam Is Peace speech on Sept. 17, 2001, at the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C., just six days after one of the largest terrorist attacks on American soil.

The full speech reads as follows:

Thank you all very much for your hospitality. Weve just had a wide-ranging discussions on the matter at hand. Like the good folks standing with me, the American people were appalled and outraged at last Tuesdays attacks. And so were Muslims all across the world. Both Americans and Muslim friends and citizens, tax-paying citizens, and Muslims in nations were just appalled and could not believe what we saw on our TV screens.

These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith. And its important for my fellow Americans to understand that.

The English translation is not as eloquent as the original Arabic, but let me quote from the Koran, itself: In the long run, evil in the extreme will be the end of those who do evil. For that they rejected the signs of Allah and held them up to ridicule.

The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. Thats not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists dont represent peace. They represent evil and war.

When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace. And thats made brothers and sisters out of every race out of every race.

America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country. Muslims are doctors, lawyers, law professors, members of the military, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads. And they need to be treated with respect. In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans must treat each other with respect.

Women who cover their heads in this country must feel comfortable going outside their homes. Moms who wear cover must be not intimidated in America. Thats not the America I know. Thats not the America I value.

Ive been told that some fear to leave; some dont want to go shopping for their families; some dont want to go about their ordinary daily routines because, by wearing cover, theyre afraid theyll be intimidated. That should not and that will not stand in America.

Those who feel like they can intimidate our fellow citizens to take out their anger dont represent the best of America, they represent the worst of humankind, and they should be ashamed of that kind of behavior.

This is a great country. Its a great country because we share the same values of respect and dignity and human worth. And it is my honor to be meeting with leaders who feel just the same way I do. Theyre outraged, theyre sad. They love America just as much as I do.

I want to thank you all for giving me a chance to come by. And may God bless us all.

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