You just want to say: 'When are you going to open your eyes and see who your enemy is.' Those people want to destroy Jews.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Date: November 13, 2002
Setting: Photo Op with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, Oval Office

Our war against terror is a war against individuals whose hearts are full of hate. We do not fight a religion. As a matter of fact, by far, the vast majority of American citizens respect the Islamic people and the Muslimfaith. After all, there are millions of peaceful-loving Muslim Americans.

Some of the comments that have been uttered about Islam do not reflect thesentiments of my government or the sentiments of most Americans. Islam, aspracticed by the vast majority of people, is a peaceful religion, a religionthat respects others. Ours is a country based upon tolerance, Mr. SecretaryGeneral, and we respect the faith and we welcome people of all faiths inAmerica. And we're not going to let the war on terror or terrorists cause us tochange our values.

THE REV. PAT ROBERTSON

Date: November 14, 2002
Setting: "700 Club" Broadcast

I appreciate the President, appreciate what he's doing; and I want everybody to know that something like this does not sever the support that I have given to him over the years. However, I want to clarify something. The purest expression of Islam in the world is found among the Wahabi sect of Saudi Arabia, and that sect pretty much dominates the religious life of Saudi Arabia and has been the fountainhead for the terrorists. The Wahabis in turn have established a pure Islamic state in Afghanistan, and the group in charge of that was called the Taliban. The other pure Islamic state that we're familiar with is in Iran, where the Ayatollah Khomeini came in, and the word, [Ayat Allah] means "the spirit of Allah." He was establishing a pure, Islamic state. Now this state was characterized by our President as part of an "axis of evil." The other state that I'm aware of that is a pure Islamic state is Sudan where Sharia is practiced and at least two and a half million Christians have been killed.

Now having said that, there is no doubt that the religion of Mohammed and those who adhere to it firmly, such as the Wahabis, and the Taliban and the Iranian Mullahs and other Mullahs operating in other parts of the world, is extreme and violent. However, we must distinguish between the origin of the religion and the adherents to it in the United States who indeed are peaceful people. So to say "the religion is peaceful" I don't think is accurate. To say that most of the adherents in America to the Islamic faith are peaceful is absolutely correct. It's just a question of semantics, but I think we ought to get the semantics clear.

[...] I would ask this. I would ask the people in the media: Please read the Koran, and see what it says. I would ask our Jewish friends in America: Please read the Koran, and see what it says. Please see what the Mullahs are teaching the little children in Palestine and in other parts of the world about you. And when you get through, do us favor, and don't criticize your friends, but see who your real enemies are.

[...] Jews in Germany did not want to read Mein Kampf and did not want to believe it. They said it is not possible that anybody could be as monstrous as this person, and in today's world people say it is not possible for us to believe that a religious system could teach what the Koran clearly teaches. It's the religion that's the problem, not necessarily the adherents to it. But read the man who has considered himself the spokesman of God Almighty and what his statement are. Read what these little children over there were quoted in a story we did a couple days ago saying, "I could never marry a Jew, because god, Allah, says they're apes and pigs. Yet, if I tell the truth about this I am criticized.

[...] Well, and the Koran teaches, read it for yourself, the Koran teaches that the end of the world will not come until every Jew is killed by the Muslims. Now that's what it says in the Koran written by Mohammed.

SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL

Date: November 14, 2002
Setting: 17th Annual Overseas Security Advisory Council Briefing

We will reject the kinds of comments you have seen recently, where people in this country say that Muslims are responsible for the killing of all Jews and who put out hatred. This kind of hatred must be rejected. This kind of language must be spoken out against. We cannot allow this image to go forth of America because it is an inaccurate image of America. We are a welcoming nation, a nation that is a country of countries, touched by every country, and we touch every country in the world.

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