Today, Barack Obama will visit an Islamic mosque on US soil, his first visit to an American mosque, and second of any sitting president. Presidents rarely visit houses of worship, except for their personal worship.
It will be interesting to see the reaction. After all, 29% of Americans think he is a Muslim pretending to be a Christian. Among Republicans, the number is 45%. And most of the Republican presidential candidates have been falling over each other with anti-Muslim rhetoric.
President Bush visited a mosque in DC, six days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, where he declared “Islam is peace”.