White House statement on Normandy terror attack fails to mention ISIS, jihad

CNN says ISIS church attack in France is really targeting Muslims.On Tuesday, the White House issued a statement on the terrorist attack in Normandy, France, in which a Catholic priest was beheaded by a follower of ISIS.  While the statement, written by NSC spokesperson Ned Price, mentioned terrorism, it failed to mention Islam, ISIS or jihad.

“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific terrorist attack today at a Catholic church in Normandy, France,” Price said.  “We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the murdered priest, Father Jacques Hamel. Our thoughts and prayers are with the other victims of the attack as well as the parishioners and community members of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.”

The press release continued, focusing on religious freedom:

France and the United States share a commitment to protecting religious liberty for those of all faiths, and today’s violence will not shake that commitment. We commend French law enforcement for their quick and decisive response and stand ready to assist the French authorities in their investigation going forward.

That’s it — no mention of Islam, jihad or ISIS.

As we reported Tuesday, two ISIS attackers armed with knives stormed the church and were heard screaming “Allahu Akbar” and “DAESH” — a reference to ISIS.

They murdered an elderly priest, slashing his throat to such a degree that he was essentially beheaded.  A nun was injured so bad she was last reported fighting for her life.

But the Obama regime can’t even bring itself to recognize who it was that committed this atrocity…


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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