President Obama offers most extensive, direct rebuttal to recognize terrorists as Muslims

February 19, 2015 9:05 AM

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President Obama offers most extensive, direct rebuttal to recognize terrorists as Muslims

“We must never accept the premise they put forward, because it is a lie. Nor should we grant them the legitimacy that they seek. They are not religious leaders. They are terrorists,” President Barack Obama said at a 3-day White House summit on countering terrorism.

President Obama said Wednesday that he would refuse to recognize terrorists as Muslim extremists, or even consider terrorism a basically Islamic phenomenon, saying doing this runs contrary to American values and would only give extremists a cloak of legitimacy.

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