November 9th, 2010
10:34 PM ET

Obama: Indonesia a model of religious tolerance

Indonesia and the United States share principles of unity and tolerance, and both can benefit from strengthened ties that will bolster trade and combat terrorism, President Obama said in a highly anticipated speech in Indonesia Wednesday.

The address at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta was considered a highlight of Obama's two-day stop in the southeast Asian nation where he spent four years of his childhood.

As the nation with the largest Muslim population in the world, Indonesia was chosen as the site for Obama to further address U.S. relations with the Islamic world following his speech on the topic last year in Cairo, Egypt.

He referred specifically to the Cairo speech of June 2009, noting he called there "for a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world - one that creates a path for us to move beyond our differences."

"I said then, and I will repeat now, that no single speech can eradicate years of mistrust," Obama said. At the same time, he promised that "no matter what setbacks may come, the United States is committed to human progress."

America "is not, and never will be, at war with Islam," Obama said. "Instead, all of us must defeat al Qaeda and its affiliates, who have no claim to be leaders of any religion - certainly not a great world religion like Islam."

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  1. dasjustice

    Indonesia is a good example in describing how we as a man could live happily in peace even you have a different religion with others... they respect our faith. Besides that, Indonesia has a lot of beautiful landscapes, beaches and sceneries.. Bali is one of them. Hhhh I hope I could be there one day..

    November 22, 2010 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ruth from Ohio

    I WISH THE PRESIDENT WOULD QUIT SPEAKING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE....I DO NOT MIND IF THIS IS THE WAY HE THINKS.....BUT DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME.....HE JUST DOES NOT GET IT.....AND QUIT BOWING TO OTHER NATIONS,YOU ARE SHOWING THAT YOU ARE WEAK~

    November 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fanta

    Islam and muslims are ANYTHING but tolerant !

    November 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Michael

    Good to know that while in the middle of the worst economic crisis in US history, he is jetting around the world sucking up to Muslims.

    November 23, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
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