The administration's marking of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan continues Tuesday when the State Department hosts an event geared toward young Muslims and an Iftar dinner with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
President Obama hosted an Iftar meal breaking the day's Ramadan fast on Aug. 13. In his speech, he supported the right of the Muslim community to build the planned controversial mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, comments that touched off a firestorm including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) breaking with the president and saying the Islamic center should be built elsewhere.
Tuesday's dinner will feature a video address from Clinton. Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith will host a special “Generation Change” event before the dinner with speakers and discussion groups.
"Consistent with the Secretary’s commitment to engaging the 'next
generation' at the grassroots level, this year’s Iftar will feature
many guests chosen because they represent some of the best and most
innovative American Muslim leaders under the age of 30," the State Department said in a press release Saturday.