In building an international coalition against terrorism that includes many Arab states, the President does not want to make this a fight about religion. He says the United States is not against Islam but against those terrorists who practice what he calls "a fringe form of Islamic extremism that has been rejected by Muslim scholars and the vast majority of Muslim clerics."
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The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself. The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends; it is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists and every government that supports them.
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The President said he respects Islam as a religion of good and peaceful teachings. He says the enemy is those who commit evil in the name of Allah, which he says blasphemes the name of Allah.
Since last week's terrorist attacks, the President has repeatedly urged people not to take out their anger on Muslim-Americans, saying the nation must stand united against terrorism.(SIGNED)