President Obama urged Americans to use a calm and steady approach to countering the violent extremism that spawns groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
In a speech on the second day of a White House summit, Obama said the best antidotes to the harsh ideology peddled by ISIS is making sure that everyone feels like they have a rightful place in society.
“If extremists are peddling this notion that Western countries are hostile to Muslims, we need to to show them that we are accepting of all folks,” Obama said.
To that end, Obama took pains to avoid characterizing violent extremism as solely a byproduct of Islam, noting that “no religion is responsible for violence and terrorism.” The summit was criticized by some conservatives for not focusing more on Islamic fundamentalism, but Obama argued that would only embolden groups such as ISIS and al Qaeda.
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