Secretary of State John Kerry should have extended his Nantucket vacation. That would have spared him and the nation from his embarrassing remarks praising Islam as a "peaceful religion based on the dignity of all human beings," which he delivered just a day after ISIS released a video showing American journalist Steven Sotloff being beheaded.
Kerry was speaking at a ceremony honoring the State Department's new special representative to Muslim communities, Shaarik Zafar. Rather than call on Muslim leaders around the world to publicly condemn ISIS in the strongest possible terms and do everything possible to counter ISIS's recruitment campaign, ideology and financing, Kerry coddled them.
"I want to take advantage of this podium and of this moment to underscore as powerfully as I know how, that the face of Islam is not the butchers who killed Steven Sotloff. That's ISIL," Kerry said. He added that the real face of Islam is "one where Muslim communities are advocating for universal human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the most basic freedom to practice one's faith openly and freely."