Susan Jones, CNS News, March 28, 2016
“ISIL poses a threat to the entire civilized world,” President Obama said in his Saturday radio address, as he explained what he’s doing to counter the threat posed by radical Islamic extremism–a phrase he refuses to use.
In addition to waging war and diplomacy, Obama said Americans, for their own good, must welcome Muslims into their midst:
“As we move forward in this fight, we have to wield another weapon alongside our airstrikes, our military, our counterterrorism work, and our diplomacy. And that’s the power of our example. Our openness to refugees fleeing ISIL’s violence. Our determination to win the battle against ISIL’s hateful and violent propaganda–a distorted view of Islam that aims to radicalize young Muslims to their cause.
“In that effort, our most important partners are American Muslims. That’s why we have to reject any attempt to stigmatize Muslim-Americans, and their enormous contributions to our country and our way of life.
“Such attempts are contrary to our character, to our values, and to our history as a nation built around the idea of religious freedom. It’s also counterproductive. It plays right into the hands of terrorists who want to turn us against one another; who need a reason to recruit more people to their hateful cause.”