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The Baltimore Sun, January 30, 2016: Obama to visit Baltimore County mosque
President Barack Obama will visit a mosque in Baltimore County on Wednesday amid growing concern about hostility directed toward Muslim Americans. It will be Obama's first visit to an American mosque as president.
Obama will deliver remarks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, located in Catonsville, and will meet with community members there to discuss religious freedom, White House officials said Saturday.
"The president believes that one of our nation's greatest strengths is our rich diversity," White House spokesman Keith Maley said. "As the president has said, Muslim Americans are our friends, and neighbors; our co-workers, and sports heroes — and our men and women in uniform defending our country."
President Obama of course is right to visit a mosque now with Islamophobia on the rise, but many Democrats oppose his visit because of the politics. Republicans, on the other hand, support it for the politics. That may seem the opposite of what one would expect, but for Republicans, it helps cement the false view that Obama is a secret Muslim. Polls show that 45 percent of Republicans believe he is Muslim. It will be political fodder for them, and they are already salivating at the trough.
Is President Obama making a political mistake by visiting the mosque?