Obama: 'WE ARE NOT AT WAR WITH ISLAM
Obama Explains Why He Doesn’t Use The Term ‘Radical Islam’ For Islamic State, Al Qaeda
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama refuses to describe the Islamic State and al Qaeda as groups fueled by “radical Islam”…
“They are not religious leaders; they are terrorists,” Obama said during remarks at a White House event on countering violent extremism. “We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.”
The president said the Islamic State and al Qaeda do draw selectively from Islamic texts to try to justify that they are in a religious war. But, he added, that doesn’t mean they speak for the more than 1 billion Muslims who reject the group’s hateful ideology and violence.
“They no more represent Islam than any madman who kills in the name of Christianity or Judaism or Buddhism or Hinduism,” he said. “No religion is responsible for terrorism. People are responsible for violence and terrorism.”