President Obama met with several American Muslim leaders Wednesday to discuss a wide array of issues including health care, discrimination against Muslims, and an upcoming summit the White House is hosting on “Countering Violence Extremism.”
The White House release made no mention of who was in attendance. The statement did say, though, that “The president reiterated his administration’s commitment to safeguarding civil rights through hate crimes prosecutions and civil enforcement actions.” It also noted:
The president discussed the need to continue countering ISIL and other groups that commit horrific acts of violence, purportedly in the name of Islam. Noting the remarkable contributions of Muslim Americans to our country, the president also encouraged the participants to remain civically engaged in their communities, and told them that he looked forward to seeking additional opportunities to continue the discussion of these and other issues.
This meeting comes in the wake of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists burning a Jordanian pilot alive. In response, Jordan executed a woman ISIS wanted released.
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Later this month, the White House will host the “Summit on Countering Violent Extremism” which will “highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit acts of violence, efforts made even more imperative in light of recent, tragic attacks in Ottawa, Sydney, and Paris,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest last month.
h/t: The Blaze