We often hear the phrase, “Islam is a religion of peace”. It is definitely used in conservative circles every time a a Muslim is accused of a violent crime.
But did you know that it was Republican former President George W. Bush who penned that phrase?
On Tuesday Jenna Bush Hager shared an excerpt from her father’s “Islam is Peace” speech, which former President Bush delivered following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
“‘This is not the America I know…’ just a reminder this am to teach acceptance and love to our kids for all races, all religions..” Bush Hager wrote in a tweet sharing her father’s speech.
"This is not the America I know…" just a reminder this am to teach acceptance and love to our kids for all races, all religions.. pic.twitter.com/32XohAGMv7
— Jenna Bush Hager (@JennaBushHager) January 31, 2017
George W. Bush delivered the speech on Sept. 17, 2001 at the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C., right after the attack on the twin towers.
In the excerpt shared Tuesday, Bush says that the “face of terror is not the true faith of Islam.”
“That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace,” Bush said in the speech. “These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.”
The former president argued that Muslims make “an incredible valuable contribution to our country” and said they must be “treated with respect.”
“In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans must treat each other with respect,” he said.
Bush Hager’s tweet comes after Donald Trump last week signed a sweeping executive order barring refugees and people from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
The order bars Syrian refugees indefinitely, suspends the resettlement of all refugees for four months as the administration reviews the vetting process and denies entry for 90 days to individuals from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen.