Kerry: ‘Terror Will Ultimately be Rejected Because It Is at Odds With…Islam’

By CNSNews.com Staff | January 12, 2015 | 3:38 PM EST

(CNSNews.com) - In a speech delivered at the "3rd Annual Transformational Trends Policy Forum" in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 17, Secretary of State John Kerry said that “terror will ultimately be rejected because it is at odds with…Islam.”

In the same speech, Kerry also said that those "recruiting for ISIL aren’t looking for people who are devout and knowledgeable about the tenets of Islam,” but that the fight against ISIL “depends on the ability of respected figures from every branch of Islam to help potential recruits understand that ISIL is against everything that faith teaches and in favor of everything that it abhors.”


Here are excerpts from Kerry’s speech:

“And although the center of our activities is Iraq--and Syria, to some degree--ISIL's influence is by no means confined to one part of the world. Its recruits, tragically--surprisingly to some--can come from any country. They can be male or female, of any ethnicity, and with or without spiritual convictions. Last year, two young men left Great Britain to join ISIL. Among the books that they ordered before departing was 'Islam for Dummies' and 'The Qu'ran for Dummies.' So let's be honest: Those recruiting for ISIL aren't looking for people who are devout and knowledgeable about the tenets of Islam. They're looking for people who are gullible enough to believe that terrorists enjoy a glamorous lifestyle and pliable enough to do whatever they are told.”

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“To extend its influence, the leaders of ISIL have called on followers to, "explode volcanoes of jihad," and they've asked them to do that in every country. Last month I visited Canada, where two terrorist attacks occurred a few days apart, one of which was directed at the nation's parliament. Last week a terrorist group in Egypt proclaimed fealty to ISIL.

ISIL insists that its acts of murder, torture, slavery, rape, and desecration are in response to the commands of God -- a claim that is, to use an old Boston expression, garbage. Much depends on the ability of respected figures from every branch of Islam to help potential recruits understand that ISIL is against everything that faith teaches and in favor of everything that it abhors.”

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“We believe that the destructive summons to terror will ultimately be rejected because it is at odds with the values of the vast majority of the region's people and at odds with the dominant religion--Islam--of that region.”

The full transcript of Kerry’s speech is available by clicking here.

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