While answering a question at a presidential town hall along with members and veterans of the United States Army hosted by CNN and moderated by Jake Tapper, he said that he has been always been cautious about equating them together.
An audience member who lost her son in act of terrorism asked him if he still believe that such acts are done for the self-proclaimed Islamic religious motive. “And if you do, why do you still refuse to use the term ‘Islamic terrorist’?” she asked.
Obama admitted and said that there is no doubt that terrorists organisations like Al-Qaeda and ISIS have perverted and distorted and tried to claim the mantle of Islam for barbarism and death, and have killed innocent children, Muslims and have taken sex slaves, and there is no religious rationale to justify in any way what they have done.
However, Obama said that they have been careful so as not to connect these terrorists with the billion Muslims that live around the world including in the United States.
He said that Muslims are peaceful and responsible, and also work in the US Army and as police officers, fire fighters and teachers and ordinary people as our neighbours and friends.
He went on and compared this to using the term to if a Christian were a murderer but claiming their religion in their actions.
He said that as a Christian if someone says they are doing this for the sake of Jesus Christ, then he would say it is ridiculous, and would certainly not allow them to go around killing people, and that the should should be called killers and terrorists, and that is not what religion stands for.
He also said that it is dangerous to use the term as a president or one who is aspiring to be a president. This was a direct jibe at US Presidential candidate Donald Trump who threatened to ban all Muslims from entering in the United States.