If It’s Not “Islamic” Terrorism, Why Focus Solely on Muslims?


The Obama Administration has intentionally avoided using the terms “Islamic terrorism” or “Islamic extremism” to describe threats to America’s security. This is an important decision, given that most of the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil were not committed by Muslims. Despite this fact and the choice to use the more generic phrase, “violent extremism,” the administration’s policies still single out Muslims as the primary perpetrators of terrorism. The Boston Globe Editorial Board described this problematic Obama policy in “‘Countering Violent Extremism’ Puts a Narrow Focus on Muslims,” published on February 20, 2015.

Terrorism, by its nature, isn’t confined to a single ethnic group or religion. ISIS or Al Qaeda are undoubtedly a serious threat, but many American communities are more at risk from gang violence, white supremacist groups, or militia movements. Indeed, according to FBI statistics cited in the summit’s report, less than 6 percent of domestic terror attacks are carried out by Muslims.

Obama is adamant that the program is not meant to target Muslim Americans. Yet nearly every element of it suggests otherwise.

Read more about the shortcomings of the Obama Administration’s Countering Violent Extremism Program in the Boston Globe.

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