In his speech in Jakarta earlier this week, President Obama addressed Muslims across the world, seeking to reassure them that they are not the enemy. "America is not," he said, "and never will be, at war with Islam." But while President Obama reaches out to Muslims across the world, the federal government is trying to make sure Muslim communities here at home get the same message.
George Selim is at the forefront of that governmental mission here in the U.S. Selim is policy advisor to the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security. A big part of his job involves encouraging Muslim and Arab-American communities in the U.S. to actively engage in civic life. He also works with other western countries with the same goals.