In Address to Joint Session of Congress, Bush Tells Muslims "We Respect Your Faith."

September 20, 2001

Source: The White House

On September 20, 2001, President Bush's Address to a Joint Session of Congress noted, "I also want to speak tonight directly to Muslims throughout the world: We respect your faith. It is practiced freely by many millions of Americans, and by millions more in countries that America counts as friends. Its teachings are good and peaceful, and those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah. The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself. The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends; it is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, and every government that supports them."