WASHINGTON — President Obama used his last Easter prayer breakfast Wednesday to warn people against reacting to the recent terrorist attacks to discriminate against law-abiding Muslims.
"That’s the intent of the terrorists ... to weaken our faith, to weaken our best impulses, our better angels," Obama said.
Last week's attack in Brussels gave more meaning to this year's White House prayer breakfast, Obama told faith leaders from across the country. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, just as it did after terrorism in Paris late last year.
While Obama did not specifically refer to counter-terrorism proposals made in the current presidential campaign, he said terrorist attacks in general have the potential to sow "fear and division," and "can tempt us to cast out the stranger — strike out against those who don’t look like us, or pray exactly as we do."
Obama, who began the White House Easter prayer breakfast in 2010, said he would miss hosting the event after he leaves office next year — though he vowed to work with faith leaders in the years ahead.
"After a good chunk of sleep when I get out of here," Obama said, "I’m going to be right out there with you doing some work."
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