Tulsi Gabbard: Terrorism Is About Ideology, Not Poverty

Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) argued that terrorism is “not about people who are alienated” or impoverished, but really caused by Islamic extremism on Monday’s “Situation Room” on CNN.

After being read President Obama’s concern about the “alienated, youth” population turning to terrorism, she said, “You and I have spoken about this a number of times, about the need to recognize really what is the true motive behind these groups like ISIS, and like Al-Shabaab, like AQAP as we just spoke about. It’s not about people who are alienated. It’s not about people who are living in poverty. It’s about people who are being recruited and attracted by this — pseudo-religious ideology that these terrorist groups are motivated by as they conduct these killings like we just saw in Kenya. Really when you look at it, what they did there at that university, separating Muslims from Christians and then slaughtering people, simply because they’re Christians, really is a clear example of what this is really all about, what their motivation really is”

Gabbard continued, “Yesterday was Easter. We look at what Jesus Christ’s teachings were, to love God, to love your neighbor. You look at Hinduism, you look at religions all around the world. The real meaning of is really about love. It’s about caring for others. It’s about loving God and having respect and compassion for all people, regardless of their own religious practice, their own ethnicity, their own race, wherever they come from. So, this just points exactly again to this radical ideology that is really false religion — a pseudo-religion that’s fueling these terroristic activities.”

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