Powell Calls America "Judeo-Christian"

September 23, 2003

Source: Reuters.com


On September 23, 2003 Reuters.com reported that "Secretary of State Colin Powell called the United States a Judeo-Christian country on Monday but quickly amended that to 'a country of many faiths.'...Powell made the remark in an interview with the Charlie Rose Show on public television while talking about Washington's vision of what kind of government Iraq should have. He said he expected it to be 'an Islamic country by faith, just as we are a Judeo-Christian.'" Reuters reported that the remark "was likely to antagonize millions of American Muslims, most of whom want to be included in the mainstream. Some American Muslims have coined the term Judeo-Christian-Islamic to reflect their ideal of what the United States should be."