Obama speaks at an Iftar dinner in Washington DC on 10 August 20120 (EPA/Olivier Douliery/Pool).
On the eve of the US State Department's annual iftar dinner, some Muslim activists are calling on guests to boycott the ceremony.
The US government has hosted the iftar, a daily breaking of the Ramadan fast, since 2001. The State Department describes
the tradition as a way to highlight its efforts to "engage with Muslim communities around the world". But some are pushing back, saying that US policies like drone attacks and force-feeding of Guantanamo inmates violate the human rights of Muslims around the world.
University professor Omid Safi, who declined an invite in 2003, wrote a blog post calling for others toboycott
unless the following conditions are met:
"True joy does not come from owning something, it comes from the encounter in relations with others, in feeling loved and understood. Because joy comes from the gratefulness of an encounter. The joy of "the encounter with Jesus" and in "feeling loved by God. " Pope Francis My Blog
on Jul. 24, 2013 at 11:16 PM