After the cooling (or, more aptly, freezing) of relations between the Bush White House and American Muslim groups after 9/11, the Obama administration has stated numerous times that it would work to re-establish ties with U.S. Muslims. During the campaign, Obama’s status as the son of a Muslim as well as his upbringing in Indonesia, which has the world’s largest population of Muslims, were touted by his supporters as signs of potential rapprochement between the U.S. government and Muslim groups. However, since his election, with the continued circulation of unfounded rumors about Obama secretly being a Muslim, the Obama White House was yet to overtly extend a hand until quite recently.
Max Fisher, at the Atlantic Wire, has compiled a set of articles and blog posts around the Web dealing with the rather complex relationship that the Obama administration currently has with U.S. Muslim groups. These range in opinion from those who believe the President is not doing enough to those who believe that Obama is somehow a friend to Islamic extremists.
Read the full round-up here.