At the U.N. Leaders Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism this week, Obama claimed that violent extremism isn’t only perpetrated by followers of Islam.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, however, begs to disagree.
“Violent extremism is not unique to any one faith, so no one should ever be profiled or targeted simply because of their faith,” Obama said at the summit, according to Conservative Tribune. While Cameron did not oppose what Obama said, he clarified that radical extremism can only be stopped at it’s root, which right now happens to be radical Islam.
“Barack, you are quite right, that every religion has its extremists, but we have to be frank that the biggest problem we have today is the Islamist extremist violence that has given birth to ISIL, to Al Shabaab to Al Nusra, Al Qaeda and so many other groups,” Cameron commented.
Cameron added that it’s crucial that Muslim leaders of Islamic countries speak out against these radical groups.
“These people claim to act in the name of the Islamic religion. They don’t. I can say they don’t over and over again. You can say they don’t, but there is nothing more powerful than, for instance, what the king of Jordan has just said,” Cameron said, referring to remarks made earlier by Jordanian King Abdullah.
“We need to challenge the extremist worldview right from the start. What does that mean? In Western countries it means we have to root out the extremists preachers that are poisoning the minds of young Muslims in our country,” Cameron continued. “We have to build more integrated societies so young people feel they truly belong. And we have to make sure we don’t allow the incubation of an extremist worldview even before it gets to justifying violence.”
Cameron concluded that too much focus has been placed on Islam in our schools and institutions lately.
“We’ve got to get it out of our schools. Get it out of our prisons. Get it out of our universities. I believe in freedom of speech. But freedom to hate is not the same thing,” the British Prime Minister concluded.
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