President Barack Obama’s speech from the Oval Office on Sunday night was panned by many critics, left and right, for offering no new strategy to deal with terror and the so-called Islamic State. However, there was one new point: President Obama called on the Muslim community in the United States and abroad to confront extremism in its midst, “without excuse.”
That has some American Muslims fuming, and complaining that they are being unfairly singled out among other faiths, according to National Public Radio.
NPR’s Tom Gjelten reports:
“We would never ask any other faith community to stand up and condemn acts of violence committed by people within their groups,” said Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour, who has worked extensively with the Black Lives Matter movement and other minority groups. “The fact that this is only directed at the Muslim community is something that I personally can’t accept.”…
Muslim leaders have heard this before, and some find it a little irritating.
Obama did not use the phrase “radical Islam,” but did say the following about extremism:
That does not mean denying the fact that an extremist ideology has spread within some Muslim communities. This is 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.
Last month, Judicial Watch reported: “The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has nearly 1,000 active probes involving the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) inside the United States.”
This past February, President Obama has sought to equate violent Islamic extremism today with the violence of the Christian world during the Crusades, several centuries ago.