Obama Calls Upon Muslim Leaders to Do More to ‘Reject the Narratives of Violent Extremists’

President Obama spoke quite a bit today about Islam and extremism today, and at one point said that Muslim leaders need to step up and do more to reject the words of terrorists and extremists about the narrative that “the West is at odds with Islam.”

Obama acknowledged plenty of grievances the Muslim world holds, and how many nations buy into wrongheaded beliefs like “Islam is incompatible with modernity or tolerance.”

The president also said that it’s not just Western leaders, but Muslim leaders who need to step up and denounce the words of extremists:

“So just as leaders like myself reject the notion that terrorists like ISIL genuinely represent Islam, Muslim leaders need to do more to discredit the notion that our nations are determined to suppress Islam, that there is an inherent clash in civilizations.”

He added everyone should be doing their part to “reject the narratives of violent extremists.”

Watch the video below, via CNN:

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