US President Barack Obama on Wednesday at a CNN presidential town hall, said that ‘Islamic terrorism’ is a sort of manufactured term and added that terrorist organisations like Al Qaeda or ISIL have perverted and distorted and tried to claim the mantle of Islam for an excuse for basically barbarism and death.
Obama said he has been careful to make sure he does not lump these “murderers” into the billion Muslims that exist around the world, including USA, who are peaceful, who are responsible.
He also compared it to Christianity saying, “If you had an organisation 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,”
Obama said that when one starts calling these organisations ‘Islamic terrorists’, the way it’s heard, the way it’s received people around the world is that somehow Islam is terroristic.
Obama said even some people ‘aspiring’ to be president should refrain from such language. He said religious tests for immigration were a ‘slippery slope.’