US President defends the 'true peaceful nature' of Islam at summit on extremism

2015-02-21 08:56:38 | Al Muslim News
US President defends the 'true peaceful nature' of Islam at summit on extremism

 

US President Barack Obama, who has convened a summit on the threat of violent extremism, defended the ‘true peaceful nature of Islam’ in a newspaper article. ‘Groups like al Qaeda and IS promote a twisted interpretation of religion that is rejected by the overwhelming majority of the world’s Muslims. Obama wrote. US President Obama defended the “true peaceful nature of Islam”— saying terrorist groups like ISIS promote a “twisted interpretation of religion that is rejected by the overwhelming majority of the world’s Muslims.” Obama gave a possible preview of his address later at a White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, in which community leaders from across the country gathered to discuss how to protect people from “extremist ideologies.” “The world must continue to lift up the voices of Muslim clerics and scholars who teach the true peaceful nature of Islam,” Obama wrote. “This week, we’ll be joined by people of many faiths, including Muslim Americans who make extraordinary contributions to our country every day,” he added. “It’s a reminder that America is successful because we welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds.” The president once again refused to utter phrases such as “Islamic terrorism” or “Islamic extremist” — instead referring to ISIS militants as “individuals from various religions” who practice “hateful ideologies.” When telling the recently cold-blooded murder of three young Muslim students near the University of North Carolina, Obama explained that Americans of all religions must “insist that no one should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship.” Police have insisted that the primary motive for the killing is a parking space, but the victims’ relative called the slayings a “hate crime.” “We know that many Muslim Americans across our country are worried and afraid,” Obama wrote. “Americans of all faiths and backgrounds must continue to stand united with a community in mourning.”.

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