Obama apologizes to Muslim women barred from sitting behind him at a rally

June 20, 2008 04:38

Barack Obama personally apologized Thursday to two Detroit-area women who were barred from sitting behind him during a campaign rally earlier this week because they wore Islamic headscarves. The Democratic presidential candidate released a statement saying he had "reached out" to the women, Shimaa Abdelfadeel and Hebba Aref. "I spoke with Ms. Abdelfadeel, and expressed my deepest apologies for the incident that occurred with volunteers at the event in Detroit," he said. "The actions of these volunteers were unacceptable and in no way reflect any policy of my campaign. I take deepest offense to and will continue to fight against discrimination against people of any religious group or background. Our campaign is about bringing people together, and I'm grateful that Ms. Abdelfadeel accepted our apology and I hope Ms. Aref and any who were offended accept my apology as well." Aides said Obama left a message for Aref.

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