The New York Times compared the records of Obama and Bush on treatment of Islam. The newspaper’s conclusion was that Obama has made a great change from the Bush administration. Daniel Pipes disagrees. He said that Bush tried hard to please the Muslims, too.
Bush inserted a Koran into the White House library, for symbolic significance. He held an annual Ramadan end-of-fast dinner with invocation by an imam. Bush called Islam a religion of peace and the American struggle against radical Islam just a “war on terrorism.” Bush encouraged more Saudis to enter the U.S. and denied airport security officials the right to check into people’s religion.
After the Ramadan end-of-fast dinner in December, 2001, the New York Times acknowledged that Bush had “made extraordinary gestures to Islam.” “The Times revisionism is blatant and false (Daniel Pipes, 4/19 )
The Times is too partisan. Incidentally, in his last year, Bush let Sec. of State Rice make the similar kinds of one-sided demands upon Israel as does her successor.
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