February 19, 2015

‘No Religion Is Responsible for Terrorism’

Speaking at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, Barack Obama denied Islam’s influence in terrorism, though he started with a caveat of sorts: “Al-Qaida and ISIL and groups like it are desperate for legitimacy. They try to portray themselves as religious leaders – holy warriors in defense of Islam. That’s why ISIL presumes to declare itself the ‘Islamic State.’ … We must never accept the premise that they put forward, because it is a lie. … Al-Qaida and ISIL do draw, selectively, from the Islamic texts. They do depend upon the misperception around the world that they speak in some fashion for people of the Muslim faith, that Islam is somehow inherently violent, that there is some sort of clash of civilizations.” And then came the “but.” He continued, “Of course, the terrorists do not speak for over a billion Muslims who reject their hateful ideology. They no more represent Islam than any madman who kills innocents in the name of God represents Christianity or Judaism or Buddhism or Hinduism. No religion is responsible for terrorism. People are responsible for violence and terrorism.” And then he had the complete lack of self-awareness to say, “We can’t paper over problems, and we’re not going to solve this if we’re always just trying to be politically correct.” In fact, his foolish political correctness can better be described as blinding Islamophilia, and it’s dangerous. That’s why he launched into a lecture about working to bring jobs to Jihadistan. A parting question: Why does he excuse Islam for terrorism but insist guns are responsible for shootings?

Obama also wrote an op-ed in the LA Times saying many of the same things.

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