"On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to Muslim Americans and Muslims around the world at the start of Ramadan. For Muslims, Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer, and reflection; a time of joy and celebration. It’s a time to cherish family, friends, and neighbors, and to help those in need.
"This year, Ramadan holds special meaning for those citizens in the Middle East and North Africa who are courageously achieving democracy and self-determination and for those who are still struggling to achieve their universal rights. The United States continues to stand with those who seek the chance to decide their own destiny, to live free from fear and violence, and to practice their faith freely. Here in the United States, Ramadan reminds us that Islam is part of the fabric of our Nation, and that—from public service to business, from healthcare and science to the arts—Muslim Americans help strengthen our country and enrich our lives.
"Even as Ramadan holds profound meaning for the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims, it is also a reminder to people of all faiths of our common humanity and the commitment to justice, equality, and compassion shared by all great faiths. In that spirit, I wish Muslims across America and around the world a blessed month, and I look forward to again hosting an iftar dinner here at the White House. Ramadan Kareem."
Thank you, Mr. Current President. It was particularly gracious of you to extend greetings to Mohammedans "around the world," as well as American Muslims: we wouldn't want Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Quaeda, Hezbollah, or any of the other murderers and oppressors to feel left out. You are indeed a "transformational figure:" you may not be the President of all Americans (such as born-again Christians, small business owners, or heterosexuals), but you bid fair to become President of all the Mohammedans. Perhaps you'll have something to do with your time after January 20, 2013, after all.
In the meantime, we'll hear what Ramadan means to a real Muslim. Here is a definition of Ramadan from an organization calling itself "Base of Jihad:"
Base of Jihad claims responsibility for Burgas attack
...ynet news, July 21, 2012
Unknown organization possibly affiliated with Global Jihad releases statement claiming responsibility for terror attack against Israeli tourists, threatens more attacks on month of Ramadan
An unknown organization going by the name "The Base of Jihad" has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack against Israeli tourists in Burgas which claimed the lives of six people, including five Israelis, and wounded dozens.
In a statement released in Western media outlets, the group threatened to carry out more attacks. "The month of Ramadan is a month of holy war and death for Allah. It is a month for fighting the enemies of Allah and God's messenger, the Jews and their American facilitators."
The organization is apparently affiliated with the Global Jihad movement.
Its statement said, "One of our groups aided by Allah managed to bomb a bus full of Jewish tourists, plunderers of holy lands, after careful tracking.
"The holy war is not confined to a particular arena and we shall fight the Jews and the Americans until they leave the land of Islam."
The current President and his supporters have wearied themselves with saying that he, himself, is not a Muslim. We believe them; we believe that his only "religion" is his own megalomania. But it begs a question: if a non-Muslim defines Ramadan as a time of peace and goodwill, and a genuine, professing Muslim proclaims it a time of bloodshed and "fight(ing) the Jews and the Americans" (that's not the "inner struggle for purity" that the Mohammedans bleat about), who are we to believe?
Strange business, Mr. Current President.