That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. And it offends our conscience. We have to do what we can, knowing it's hard and not swinging from a naive idealism to a bitter defeatism - but rather, accepting the fact that we're not going to solve every problem overnight, but we can still make a difference. That's why I stand here tonight. That is why I am committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat.
Through hard work and perseverance my father got a scholarship to study in a magical place, America, that shone as a beacon of freedom and opportunity to so many who had come before. I believe that we have a righteous wind at our backs and that as we stand on the crossroads of history, we can make the right choices, and meet the challenges that face us. When John McCain said we could just "muddle through" in Afghanistan, I argued for more resources and more troops to finish the fight against the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and made clear that we must take out Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants if we have them in our sights. Now is the time for Palestinians to focus on what they can build.
Today there are 12 million undocumented immigrants in America, most of them working in our communities, attending our churches, and contributing to our country. So let's rededicate ourselves to a new kind of politics - a politics of conscience. To Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin; and to all my fellow citizens of this great nation; Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle-class. But what I will not do is suggest that the Senator takes his positions for political purposes.
They work hard and give back and keep going without complaint. And I will restore our moral standing, so that America is once again that last, best hope for all who are called to the cause of freedom, who long for lives of peace, and who yearn for a better future. Because we reject the same thing that people of all faiths reject: the killing of innocent men, women, and children.
It's the wisdom Moses imparted to those who would succeed him. I have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins, of every race and every hue, scattered across three continents, and for as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible. Some will see this as an attempt to justify or excuse comments that are simply inexcusable.
Not just with words, but with deeds - by investing in our schools and our communities; by enforcing our civil rights laws and ensuring fairness in our criminal justice system; by providing this generation with ladders of opportunity that were unavailable for previous generations. She had been working to organize a mostly African-American community since the beginning of this campaign, and one day she was at a roundtable discussion where everyone went around telling their story and why they were there. When a new flu infects one human being, all are at risk.
That's why pastors, friends of mine like Rick Warren and T.D. Jakes and organizations like World Vision and Catholic Charities are wielding their enormous influence to confront poverty, HIV/AIDS, and the genocide in Darfur. And as someone who watched my mother argue with insurance companies while she lay in bed dying of cancer, I will make certain those companies stop discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most. America, we cannot turn back. All of us share this world for but a brief moment in time.
It's that folks are hungry for change - they're hungry for something new. And as a consequence, so did I. On one end of the spectrum, we've heard the implication that my candidacy is somehow an exercise in affirmative action; that it's based solely on the desire of wide-eyed liberals to purchase racial reconciliation on the cheap. And that's what we have to restore. And it is no coincidence that countries where women are well-educated are far more likely to be prosperous.
So let's rededicate ourselves to a new kind of politics - a politics of conscience. I know there is debate about this issue.
And occasionally it finds voice in the church on Sunday morning, in the pulpit and in the pews. But I stand before you tonight because all across America something is stirring. Violent extremists have exploited these tensions in a small but potent minority of Muslims. And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear. It is time for us to act on what everyone knows to be true. Around the world, we can turn dialogue into Interfaith service, so bridges between peoples lead to action - whether it is combating malaria in Africa, or providing relief after a natural disaster.
Thank you, God Bless you, and God Bless the United States of America.

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