Obama: Refusal to use ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ a ‘sort of manufactured’ issue

Obama - Not saying "radical Islamic terrorism" a manufactured controversy.
Obama argues “Islamic terrorism” doesn’t exist — YouTube

During a presidential town hall held Wednesday on CNN, President Barack Obama essentially argues that radical Islamic terrorism doesn’t exist and those critical of his refusal to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism” are engaging in a “sort of manufactured” controversy.

According to CNN:

“My son gave his life for acts of terrorism,” audience member (and Gold Star mom) Tina Houchins told Obama at the town hall moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper. “Do you still believe that the acts of terrorism are done for the self-proclaimed Islamic religious motive? And if you do, why do you still refuse to use the term … Islamic terrorist?”

Obama called it a “sort of manufactured” issue.

“There is no doubt, and I’ve said repeatedly, where we see terrorist organizations like al Qaeda or ISIL — They have perverted and distorted and tried to claim the mantle of Islam for an excuse for basically barbarism and death,” he said.

“These are people who’ve killed children, killed Muslims, take sex slaves, there’s no religious rationale that would justify in any way any of the things that they do,” he said. “But what I have been careful about when I describe these issues is to make sure that we do not lump these murderers into the billion Muslims that exist around the world, including in this country, who are peaceful, who are responsible, who, in this country, are fellow troops and police officers and fire fighters and teachers and neighbors and friends.”

Translation: Islamic terrorism, in Obama’s worldview, doesn’t exist.

He wasn’t finished, however.

“If you had an organization that was going around killing and blowing people up and said, ‘We’re on the vanguard of Christianity.’ As a Christian, I’m not going to let them claim my religion and say, ‘you’re killing for Christ.’ I would say, that’s ridiculous,” he said.

“That’s not what my religion stands for. Call these folks what they are, which is killers and terrorists,” he further explained.  Just don’t call them Islamic, even though they all profess to be Muslims acting in the name of their religion.

Here’s video of his comments:

Pamela Geller, however, had a different point of view.

“Obama will not say Islamic terrorism because he is a true believer and will not violate the speech laws (blasphemy) under Islamic law (sharia). He was born a Muslim and went to Islamic schools in Indonesia. It’s very much part of who he is,” she wrote, adding:

As Aristotle said, “A is A.” It is Islamic terror. Obama’s refusal to identify the enemy serves their cause. Obama’s deliberate obfuscation of the motives of our enemy is consistent with jihad terror-tied groups in this country like CAIR, ISNA et al.

It’s why, upon becoming President, he purged all intel and law enforcement counter terror material of Islam and jihad. It’s why he called the mass jihad murder in Fort Hood “workplace violence.” It’s why Obama ordered the DoJ to redact all references to the islamic State from the Orlando jihadi’s 911 calls before they were released to the public. And the jihad journal of the NYC bomber were censored the same way.

It’s why, eight years after President Obama took office, jihad in America is now weekly, sometimes daily, and the order of the world has been overturned by the global jihad war.

Worse yet, Hillary Clinton, the Democrat who wants to occupy the White House next year, has made similar statements, and was captured on video saying that Muslims have “nothing whatsoever” to do with terrorism.

If you think things are bad now, just wait until Hillary takes over…


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