Washington: President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Americans not to stigmatise Muslims following this week's deadly attacks in Brussels, saying that doing so is "counterproductive" in the fight against radical Islam.
In his weekly media address, Obama said Muslim-Americans are "our most important partners in the nation's fight against those who would wage violent jihad.
"That's why we have to reject any attempt to stigmatise Muslim-Americans, and their enormous contributions to our country and our way of life," Obama said.
"Such attempts are contrary to our character, to our values, and to our history as a nation built around the idea of religious freedom. It's also counterproductive," he said.
"It plays right into the hands of terrorists who want to turn us against one another -- who need a reason to recruit more people to their hateful cause."Actually, what plays right into the hands of terrorists is infidels' pathological/suicidal ignorance about Islam. If we had even half a clue, we'd realize that when you consider the sorts of things that are in Islamic holy writ and that tens of millions of Muslims take literally, it's a miracle that more of them aren't actively involved in waging violent jihad.
Update: Obama is a-kvetchin' because not everyone looks though the same lens--his:
“Some people are just watching Fox News; some people are just reading the New York Times,” Obama said in January during a YouTube interview with Destin Sandlin, creator of a popular video series on science. “They almost occupy two different realities in terms of how they see the world.”
The president has bemoaned the absence of a “common baseline of facts” underpinning the political debate and accused Republicans of peddling — through their own information channels — an “alternate reality” on issues such as climate change, the economy, and threats posed by Ebola and the Islamic State."A common baseline of facts"--that's the funniest thing I've heard all day.