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White House slams those terming ISIS narrative ‘radical Islam’

Josh Earnest

Washington : The White House has slammed those calling for identifying threat coming from terror groups as “radical Islam” arguing that such a move would advance dreaded outfit Islamic State’s narratives.

“It certainly would advance ISIL’s narrative that somehow they were acting on behalf of Islam, when in fact, the ideology that they are seeking to advance is a gross perversion of that religion,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily news conference yesterday.

At the same time, he asserted that it is the responsibility of the leaders of the Muslim community, both inside the US and globally, to come out strongly and openly against terrorist groups like the ISIL.

Earnest was responding to reporter’s questions on the remarks made by the US President Barack Obama in this regard during his address to the nation on Sunday night.

“The President made clear, as his predecessor did, that it would only serve ISIL’s interest to leave people with the impression that, somehow, the West or the United States or the entire world is at war with Islam,” he argued.

“That’s a fantasy. That is not true. There are millions of patriotic Muslims in America right now that are upstanding members of their community, that are serving in the United States military, that are teachers, that are co-workers, that are neighbours, that are friends,” he said.

“I think the President was quite direct about the role that those Muslim Americans can play in defeating ISIL, both in terms of the responsibility that the Muslim community has to stand up and speak out against those extremist voices inside their community,” he said.

“At the same time, the broader American community has a responsibility to make clear that we’re gonna work with Muslim Americans to protect our country and to protect those in their community that are at risk of being radicalised,” the presidential spokesman said.

Noting that the role and the place that those Muslims have in American society is critical to America’s success, he said because ultimately it will be Muslims in this country that will have to stand up and speak out against the extremist, radicalising forces inside their own community.

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