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Americans link violence with Muslims
But Obama says ISIL is not Islam
By insisting upon a difference between Islam and ISIL's terrorist actions, Obama and others hope to protect the status of American Muslims. And whether or not their arguments are convincing, Noble said that their efforts should not be dismissed. - photo by Joe Raedle,
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is America’s enemy, not Islam, President Obama stated in his national address Wednesday night laying out a plan to destroy the terrorist organization. Obama joined American Muslim organizations and other writers insisting that to slaughter innocent people is to sacrifice a claim to what the Pew Research Center says is the world’s fastest-growing religion. But polls indicate many Americans don’t draw a distinction between Islam and terrorist groups like ISIL whose members claim to be faithful Muslims.