President Barack Obama condemned the savage beheading of American journalist James Foley by jihadists from the Islamic State on Wednesday.
But he also took pains to separate the killers from the broader ideology of Islamic supremacy, claiming the group “speaks for no religion” and that its victims “are overwhelmingly Muslim.”
The president took a brief respite from his vacation at Martha’s Vineyard to speak about the execution, which the Islamic State labelled payback for a limited American air campaign designed to stop the terrorists’ relentless advance inside Iraq. (RELATED: IS Beheads American Journalist On Camera)
“Today the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria],” Obama said.
“Let’s be clear about ISIL,” he continued. “They have rampaged across cities and villages, killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence. They abduct women and children and subject them to torture and rape and slavery.”
“They have murdered Muslims, both Sunni and Shi’a, by the thousands,” he said. “They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes — murdering them when they can — for no other reason than that they practice another religion. They declared their ambition to commit genocide against an ancient people.” (RELATED: Saudi Arabia’s Highest Religious Authority Condemns The Islamic State)
“So ISIL speaks for no religion,” Obama claimed. “Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim. And no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and what they do every single day.”