Source: News Blaze
On October 18, 2005 News Blaze reported, "Hosting his fifth Iftar dinner October 17 at the White House, President Bush spoke of the spirit and compassion of Islam and thanked the Muslim nations that have joined the coalition in the War on Terror... Bush, addressing American Muslim leaders as well as members of the diplomatic corps in the meal that breaks the daytime fast during the month of Ramadan, said all Americans share the common hope of a more peaceful world. 'We must stand confidently in the cause of freedom - including the freedom of people everywhere to practice their faith in peace. We must also firmly oppose all who commit evil in God's name. I am grateful to the Muslim nations that have joined our coalition in the War on Terror - including many nations that have been victims of terror themselves.' The president also cited Muslim scholars who have condemned terrorism. 'And I believe the time has come for all responsible Islamic leaders to denounce an ideology that exploits Islam for political ends and defiles your noble faith.'"