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Chicago area Muslims speaks out against extremists
by Ravi Baichwal
As U.S. planes carry out air strikes over Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama made his case for stopping the ISIS threat to the United Nations on Wednesday, urging Muslims in the Middle East to reject the ideology behind groups like the Islamic State.
Muslims took great pains to explain once again that extremists do not speak for them, or what their religion teaches about tolerance. But at the United Nations General Assembly, the president said it was important for such followers of the faith to speak out against an ideology that perverts what Islam is about -- and thus poses a grave danger to the world.
"It is time for a new compact among the civilized people of the world to eradicate war at its most fundamental source: the corruption of young minds by violent ideology," Obama said.
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