Indiana-based Muslim Group Supports Anti-extremist Rhetoric

Dec 8, 2015

Credit Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) / Facebook

Hoosier Islamic leaders are reacting to President Obama's call for American Muslims to help stop the spread of terrorism.

The President says that in the war on ISIS, American Muslim leaders must confront extremist ideology without excuse.

Islamic Society of North America spokesman Edgar Hopida agrees American Muslims must denounce the messages of groups like the so-called Islamic State and al-Qaeda.

“One of the things that we should do is continue to legitimize what mainstream Islam is all about and delegitimize what extremist rhetoric is going on,” Hopida says.

The Islamic Society of North America, based in Plainfield, is the largest Islamic organization in the U-S. Hopida says American Muslims do have a part to play in the fight against terrorism.

“I think it’s much more of a problem in Europe, but of course we could always improve on what we could do here in America as American Muslims,” Hopida says.

The President says American Muslims must confront extremist ideology to help stop the spread of terrorism, but has been criticized by Republicans for not offering enough specifics about how the U.S. will combat the terrorism and propaganda of militant Islamic groups.