Barack Obama  ‘We can’t turn against each other’   BBC News
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Barack Obama ‘We can’t turn against each other’ BBC News


We cannot turn against one another by
letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam. That, too, is
what groups like ISIL want. ISIL does not speak for Islam. They are thugs and killers, part of a cult of death and they account for a tiny fraction of more
than a billion Muslims around the world, including millions of patriotic
Muslim Americans who reject their hateful ideology. Moreover the vast
majority of terrorist victims around the world are Muslim. If we’re to succeed in
defeating terrorism, we must enlist Muslim communities as some of our
strongest allies, rather than push them away through suspicion and hate. That does not mean denying the fact that an extremist ideology has spread within
some Muslim communities. That’s a real problem that Muslims must confront
without excuse. Muslim leaders here and around the globe have to continue
working with us to decisively and unequivocally reject the hateful
ideology that groups like ISIL and al Qaeda promote; to speak out against
not just acts of violence, but also those interpretations of Islam that are
incompatible with the values of religious tolerance, mutual respect and
human dignity. But just as it is the responsibility of Muslims around the
world to root out misguided ideas that lead to radicalization, it is the
responsibility of all Americans—of every faith—to reject discrimination. It is our
responsibility to reject religious tests on who we admit into this country. It’s
our responsibility to reject proposals that Muslim Americans should somehow be treated differently. Because when we travel down that road, we lose. That kind of divisiveness, that betrayal of our values plays into the hands of groups like ISIL. Muslim Americans are our friends and our neighbors, our co-workers, our sports heroes, and yes they are our
men and women in uniform who are willing to die in defense of our country. We have
to remember that.

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