President Barack Obama is defending the Muslim religion in his White House summit on countering violent extremism, saying that terrorists are not really following Islam.
“We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam,” Obama said during his conference with prominent Muslims and experts Wednesday.
For weeks, the White House has sidestepped the question of whether deadly terror attacks in Paris and other Western cities amount to “Islamic extremism,” wary of offending a major world religion or lending credibility to the “war on terror” that President George W. Bush waged.
The president says he doesn’t want to mention Islam when talking about terrorism because it would give Islamic radicals a tool they can use to recruit new fighters.
“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,” Obama said.
The president rejected the idea that Islam is “inherently violent” or that “there is some sort of clash of civilizations.”
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SOURCE: CBN News