Obama kept reform Muslims out of summit on extremism

Charles Hoskinson
The Washington Examiner
2/21/2015

The White House excluded members of a prominent group of reformist Muslims from its terror summit this week, apparently because President Obama rejects their argument that such groups as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are actually motivated by Islam.

A group of 23 prominent Muslim reformers signed a full-page ad in the Sunday New York Times on Jan. 11 asking “What can Muslims do to reclaim their ‘beautiful religion’?”

But Obama and officials throughout his administration deny any connection between Islam and the terrorists beheading and burning their victims in a reign of terror in the Middle East.

Muslim reformers say the administration is ignoring them because they disagree with Obama’s refusal to acknowledge the Islamic roots of the extremists’ ideology.

Some of the most prominent reformers have argued for years that the ideological and theological roots of Islamist extremism must be addressed, but administration officials carefully avoided exactly that subject during Obama’s three-day summit.

The White House is also undermining its own efforts by working with people who sympathize with the goals of violent extremist groups, if not their methods, the reformers say…

 

 

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…On Friday, ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl probed White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest about the strange lapse in judgment that led the White House to fail to invite the nation’s chief counterterrorism official to what was ostensibly a counterterrorism conference.

“We wanted to make sure that there wasn’t a perception that this conference was overly focused on law enforcement tactics,” Earnest said.

Well, the White House is in no danger there…

 

 

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