Soft-toned Trump reaches out to religious and other minorities

US President Donald J. Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington

US President Donald J. Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017. REUTERS/Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool – RTS10VMP

Source: Religion News Service

WASHINGTON (RNS) President Trump, long chided for failing to address a surge in hate crimes, began his first address to Congress by invoking Black History Month and condemning recent threats against Jewish institutions and the shooting of Indian men in Kansas City.

His uncharacteristically soft-toned speech, which included several religious references, at points emphasized the commonalities among religious groups and toward the end declared that “we are all made by the same God.”

And, heralding “a new chapter of American greatness,” the president acknowledged “our Muslim allies” fighting the militant group known as the Islamic State, or ISIS.

He called it “a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, women and children of all faiths and beliefs.”

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