Barack Obama on Embracing Muslim Americans and Combatting Terrorism at the Islamic Society of Baltimore
February 3, 2016
[...T]he notion that America is at war with Islam ignores the fact that the world’s religions are a part of who we are. We can’t be at war with any other religion because the world’s religions are a part of the very fabric of the United States, our national character. So the best way for us to fight terrorism is to deny these organizations [such as ISIS] legitimacy and to show that here in the United States of America, we do not suppress Islam; we celebrate and lift up the success of Muslim Americans. That’s how we show the lie that they’re trying to propagate. We shouldn’t play into terrorist propaganda. And we can’t suggest that Islam itself is at the root of the problem. That betrays our values. It alienates Muslim Americans.