Host of NBC’s “Meet the Press” Chuck Todd said on MSNBC that his sources tell him there is a debate within the White House about whether or not to reverse the Obama administration’s stated policy of refusing to say the words “radical Islam.” (VIDEO: Eric Holder Blames Fox News For Concern About ‘Radical Islam’)
TODD: This is coming at a time where we’re having this debate, and I was just looking at the fact sheet that the White House just put out to go in conjunction with the president’s statement. And I can predict exactly what some of the criticism is going to be of the president. You don’t see the word ‘Islam, or Islamic or radical Islam anywhere in the fact sheet. They use extremist, they’re very careful not to associate it with one religion.
And this been an ongoing debate. Frankly, I’m told there is actually debate inside the White House about should they be avoiding the phrase radical Islam or not. Or do you say it to force other countries and Muslims leaders to tackle this because happening in their religion and faith?
Look, it comes across as if they are trying to be so politically correct that they’re losing focus on what the problem is, which is you have a group of — there was an article in “The Atlantic” that essentially was comparing ISIS to a cult. It is a cult that is using a perversion of Islam to create a cult of death… The problem is here — nobody is saying there is not extremism in every religion. But what is the acute issue at hand right now that the Western world is dealing with? It is this group that is using Islam, a radical form of it, to try to recruit terrorists.