[eDebate] Seasons Greetings

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Sat Dec 30 23:41:41 CST 2006

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - _President Bush_ (javascript:;)    on Friday sent 
holiday greetings to all Muslims in America, _Iraq_ (javascript:;)   and across  
the world as they celebrate the Eid al-Adha religious festival. 

"Eid  al-Adha is an important occasion to give thanks for their blessings and 
to  remember Abraham's trust in a loving God," Bush said in a statement 
released  from his Texas ranch, where he is spending the week pondering changes to 
U.S.  policy in Iraq and staying abreast of _Saddam Hussein_ (javascript:;)  
's execution. 

Iraq's Shiites will  celebrate Eid al-Adha, one of the two most important 
holidays in Islam, from  Dec. 31 to Jan. 4. 

"During the four days of this special observance,  Muslims honor Abraham's 
example of sacrifice and devotion to God by celebrating  with friends and 
family, exchanging gifts and greetings, and engaging in worship  through sacrifice 
and charity," he said. 

Bush noted the contributions of  Muslim U.S. citizens. 

"This holiday reminds us of the values that so  many of our citizens hold in 
common, including love of family, gratitude to God,  the importance of 
community and a commitment to respect, diversity, tolerance  and religious freedom," 
Bush said. 

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