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Obama: U.S. ‘not at war with Islam’ but ‘with people who have perverted Islam’

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has offered his most direct remarks to date about any link between Islam and terrorism.

Addressing a White House summit on countering violent extremism, the president said that Muslims in the U.S. and around the world have a responsibility to fight a misconception that terrorist groups like the Islamic State speak for them.

Said Obama: “We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.”

For weeks, the White House has sidestepped the question of whether deadly terror attacks in Paris and other Western cities amounted to “Islamic extremism.” But in his latest remarks, Obama said some in Muslim communities have bought into the notion that Islam is incompatible with tolerance and modern life.

The president said all individuals have a duty to “speak up very clearly” in opposition to violence against innocent people.

 

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  • markjuliansmith

    This is a false statement “No religion responsible for terrorism: Obama”.

    Why?

    Social psychology has proved cultures (ideology -religious or secular) justify and authorise terror the individual adherent ‘Few’ deliver it either as individuals or in groups. Individual persons do not invent their own cultural beliefs ethic values and informed behavioral variance.

    If the first statement following is true then the second must also be true:

    “We are at war with people who have perverted Islam,” Mr. Obama said (2015)

    “We are at war with people who have perverted Nazism,” Mr. Roosevelt said (1941)

    Are they true statements?

    There is not such thing as the ‘true’ culture there is only ‘the’ culture.

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