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Obama quotes pope in State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON (SE): In his final State of the Union Address, the president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, made reference to the words that Pope Francis addressed to the congress during his visit to Washington in September last year.

“Let me just say this,” Obama said during his address on January 12. “This isn’t a matter of political correctness. This is a matter of understanding just what it is that makes us strong. The world respects us not just for our arsenal, it respects us for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith.”

He continued, “His Holiness, Pope Francis, told this body from the very spot I’m standing on tonight that ‘to imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place’.”

Obama continued to quote the pope saying, “When politicians insult Muslims, whether abroad, or fellow citizens, when a mosque is vandalised, or a kid is called names, that doesn’t make us safer. That’s not telling it what—telling it like it is, it is just wrong. It diminishes us in the eyes of the world.”

The house speaker, Paul Ryan, invited nine guests to attend the president’s address, including two members of the Little Sisters of the Poor who are currently in court challenging the HHS mandate (ObamaCare), which would force them to engage in a system that would use their heath care plan to provide their employees with contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs and devices.

 

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