The PJ Tatler

Kerry: Calling Violent Extremism Islamic 'the Biggest Error We Could Make'

Secretary of State John Kerry said at the World Economic Forum in Davos today that branding terrorism as Islamic is an “error” that could lose the U.S. allies in fighting groups such as ISIS.

“Today we are witnessing nothing more than a form of criminal anarchy a nihilism that illegitimately claims an ideological and religious foundation,” he said.

Kerry said that “obviously the biggest error we could make would be to blame Muslims collectively for crimes not committed by Muslims alone … crimes that their faith utterly rejects.”

“Religions don’t require adherents to raze villages and blow up people,” he said. “It’s individuals with a distorted and an even ignorant interpretation of religion who do that.”

Kerry said foes wouldn’t be defeated by “vilifying potential partners.”