After two hours of prayer, music, and testimony focusing on Jesus Christ and the importance of the Christian faith in the Latino community, President Barack Obama’s keynote speech at the 2009 National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast referenced Muslims, Hindus and “non-believers” in the first moments of his remarks.
-- From "Obama Tells Hispanic Prayer Breakfast America is 'Nation of Christians and Muslims and Jews and Hindus and Non-Believers'" by Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer CNSNews.com 6/19/09
After thanking Esperanza, sponsor of the breakfast and the largest Hispanic faith-based evangelical network in the United States, Obama cited the importance of thanking God and for the country’s Founders’ intention “to protect the freedom of all religion.”
“We can begin by giving thanks for the legacy that allows us to come together,” Obama said at the breakfast on Friday in Washington, D.C. “For it was the genius of America’s Founders to protect the freedom of all religion, and those who practice no religion at all.”
“So as we join in prayer, we remember that this is a nation of Christians and Muslims and Jews and Hindus and non-believers,” Obama said. “It is this freedom that allows faith to flourish within our borders. It is this freedom that makes our nation stronger.”
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