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President Obama gave a lengthy defense of the administration's policy to not link Islam to terrorism, telling the summit on Countering Violent Extremism this afternoon that "no religion is responsible for terrorism; people are responsible for violence and terrorism."

He gave as examples of extremism the 1994 Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11, the Fort Hood massacre, the Boston Marathon bombings, and "horrific acts of violence at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee or at a Jewish community center outside Kansas City."

"Most recently, with the brutal murders in Chapel Hill of three young Muslim Americans, many Muslim Americans are worried and afraid. And I want to be as clear as I can be, as Americans all faiths and backgrounds, we stand with you in your grief and we offer our love and we offer our support," Obama told the crowd in the South Court auditorium.


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