US Envoy: To defeat ISIS, we must highlight ‘our profound respect’ for Islam

Gen. John Allen, special U.S. envoy for the coalition to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, meets with Kuwait’s emir, Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, right, in Kuwait City on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/KUNA)

(CNSNews.com) – A global effort to counter claims by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) that it is acting in the name of Islam must include a counter-narrative that highlights “our profound respect” for the religion, the administration’s point man in the anti-ISIS coalition said this week.

Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen was speaking in Kuwait, where representatives of more than a dozen Islamic and Western met to discuss using public communications to combat ISIS…

“As we seek to expose Da’esh’s true nature,” Allen told the gathering on Monday, “we must also tell a positive story, one that highlights our respect – our profound respect for Islam’s proud traditions, its rich history, and celebration of scholarship and family and community.”

“We must work with clerics and scholars and teachers and parents to tell the story of how we celebrate Islam, even as we show that Da’esh [ISIS] perverts it”…

h/t Jihad Watch

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