This morning, we have gathered under this roof, in this mosque, as men and women of all races, creeds and colors.
Some of us were born in the United States, our immigration status having been resolved several generations ago; some of us came here more recently in search of a better life.
We may speak different languages; we may read from different books of scripture; we may call our God by different names. But we all love this country and the ideals for which it stands.
We all want our children to lead lives of safety and opportunity. We all proudly claim the title of American.
In this assembly, I see a living expression of the American promise: the conviction that every person’s dignity is inherent and equal.
Of course, when those words were written, a large gap existed between America’s founding ideals and America’s founding reality.
The very hand that put those words on parchment had also signed the deeds for the sale and purchase of other human beings.
For many of our ancestors—for women, African Americans, Native Americans, immigrants and countless others—the promise of American life rang hollow.