U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism in Washington, February 18, 2015. REUTERS
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How many times do terms like "Islam," "Islamic" or "Muslim" appear?This may partly reflect the Muslim community's understandable fears that associating Islam with terrorism and violence would contribute to an increase in attacks on, or discrimination against, all Muslims.Finally, the repeated use of "Islamic" as part of the description of enemy groups may make it appear that the West is "at war with Islam".Because it is obvious to everyone that most violent extremism is being carried out in the name of Islam, avoiding the word is unlikely to prevent attacks on Muslims in response to this violence.Anyone familiar with Christian fundamentalism in the United States should be able to discern a pattern in the attitudes taken by religious fundamentalists, independently of the religion to which they adhere.Those considering joining an extremist Islamic group should be told: You believe every other religion to be false, but adherents of many other religions believe just as firmly that your faith is false.
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