The White House Summit on violent extremism will not include the word “Islamic”, even as news breaking on Tuesday claim that ISIS has burned 45 people alive in Iraq.
This past week, the world was once again shocked when a video, reportedly from ISIS, was released, showing a mass beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians on a beach in Libya. Despite the fact that the terrorists specifically seemed to be referring to these men’s religion and threatening to attack Rome, President Obama will not involve the religion of Islam.
The White House has faced strong criticism from conservatives for refusing to call ISIS “Islamic extremists,” even as the group gains more ground with each passing day. Although, the Obama administration issued a statement following the gruesome video of the mass murder of the 21 Egyptian Christians, many noticed the fact that they seemed to purposely be avoiding calling the men “Christians.”
“The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists. We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Egyptian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens. ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds.”
The three-day summit will be held at the White House and is geared to discussing strategies to fight “violent extremism” waged mostly by ISIS sympathizers. All of the recent high-profile attacks on U.S. allies’ soil have been carried out by individuals affiliated or claiming to be affiliated with the brutal terrorist organization.
Despite all the facts, the White House refuses to use the words Islamic and extremism in the same sentence. An administration official continued with the same talking points Obama has been carefully sharing in all his communication with the press.
“You can call them what you want; we’re calling them terrorists.”
“There is absolutely no justification for any of these attacks in any religion, and that’s the view of the vast majority of Muslims who have suffered huge casualties from the likes of (ISIS) or Al Qaeda. We are not treating these people as part of a religion. We’re treating them as terrorists.”
The White House official also told reporters the “violent extremists come in all shapes and sizes.”
Detractors see the White House’s refusal to name groups such as ISIS, which has been responsible for the beheading of several westerners, including Americans, burning a Jordanian pilot alive, and beheading the 21 Egyptian Christians among other atrocities, is not recognizing the enemy the country is fighting.
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