President Barack Obama refuses to say the words “radical Islamic terrorist.” Many including Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump have called him out on that, saying it means he’s soft on terrorists. Obama believes he is just being fair.
Religion and killing have been unfortunately linked for over a millennium, even dating back to Biblical times. It doesn’t mean that religion makes people kill each other as much as it means that many of us fight for our beliefs to the point of taking lives. Christianity has a commandment against murder, but it hasn’t stopped millions of its believers from killing others in war. Some belief systems simply clash with others on a violent level.
This is the heart of why some Muslims have gone so far as to kill. The problem is that our tendency to kill over our beliefs has equated religion with murder, and President Barack Obama has a problem with that. He won’t say “radical Islamic terrorist” because he doesn’t want to perpetuate it, according to an interview on Wednesday. USA Today reports that he is urging the public to realize that terrorist attacks are not a result of believing in something.
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President Barack Obama doesn’t want to have the United States resorting to testing immigrants on their religious beliefs to prevent internal terrorism. “These are people who kill children, kill Muslims, take sex slaves – there’s no religious rationale that would justify in any way any of the things that they do.”
It’s the equivalent of ending law enforcement because there are still police out there who shoot suspects for no more reason than they felt it necessary. The suspect might have done something which made them appear to be a threat, or they simply looked a certain way. In the same way, not all Islamic believers are terrorists. The ones who kill using bombs, guns, and even airplanes are simply terrorists, Obama believes, and we should stop lumping them in with the peaceful ones.
If anything, Obama stated, individual attacks have become more numerous simply because the political climate after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center forced anti-terrorism measures to be more effective. Smaller scale attacks are “the most difficult to see coming.” President Barack Obama feels we are safer today than we were on September 10, 2001, because we are more prepared to stop larger attacks.
Obama’s attempt to defend not saying “radical Islamic terrorist” might have backfired. pic.twitter.com/YJtq6ISW1K
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Of course, some of the fail-safes have unfortunately made religious beliefs a common scapegoat for why the attacks happen. When a terrorist shoots up a group of people and yells something about their beliefs, it’s easy to make the connection. Obama believes there is no connection, and it’s simply a popular opinion that Muslims are naturally terrorists, fed by Islamic State propaganda. President Barack Obama said that the terrorist attacks are a result of the “poison that they’re feeding people, often times who may have other mental illnesses or be troubled in some way.”
With this reasoning, Donald Trump’s plan to prevent all Muslim immigrants from coming to the United States is an result of terrorist propaganda. The American people have been made to believe that certain groups are bad because of a small percentage who turned out to be that way. President Barack Obama doesn’t want to perpetuate the problem but make us aware that the majority of Muslims are actually peaceful.
Obama believes that it’s critical to dismantle ISIS at its heart and “call these folks what they are, which is killers and terrorists.” Just don’t expect him to use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorist,” because he believes their religion has nothing to do with it.
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