Obviously asking the Muslim community to directly confront Islamic extremists within their midst is no doubt way overdue, and the fact that it took this administration seven plus years to finally request American Muslims to help “root out” this destructive element within their religion simply speaks volumes of this president’s lack of commitment to fight Islamic extremism. 

Or perhaps Obama's reluctance to confront American Muslims was predicated on the knowledge that there would be a backlash by those so-called “moderate Muslims” for being singled out.

"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."

"That this is only directed at the Muslim community is something that I personally can't accept," said Linda Sarsour Obama's request to American Muslims.


Perhaps the fact that over 70% of all “world wide” terrorist acts are committed by Sunni Muslims or approximately 12,533 terrorist murders in the world last year, according to a report by the National Counter-terrorism Center (NCTC), would be incentive enough for “moderate  Muslims to help.

If that’s not incentive enough then perhaps self-preservation would be a motivating factor in that most of those terrorist acts are committed against other Muslims, in short Muslims killing Muslims.

In his Sunday-night message, the president did say Muslims should not be treated differently, but administration officials say they are looking to the American Muslim community for some particular assistance. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson took that request personally Monday to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque in Sterling, Va.

"I will continue to speak out against the discrimination, vilification and isolation that American Muslims face in these challenging times," Johnson said.

He continued; "Now, I have an ask," it is an ask of the people in this room and all Muslims across the country. Terrorist organizations overseas have targeted your communities. They seek to pull your youth into the pit of violent extremism. Help us to help you stop this."

Source: NPR


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