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Kerry Calls ISIS 'Apostates'; Not Even World's Top Sunni Authority Has Done So
by Patrick Goodenough
President Obama and members of his administration frequently state that there is nothing Islamic about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday went further, labeling the Sunni terrorist group "apostates."
Even the world's pre-eminent Sunni institution, Cairo's Al-Azhar, has refused to declare ISIS apostate – on the grounds that its fighters are "believers" in Islam, however misguided or "false" their interpretation of the faith may be.
Speaking in Rome after talks with members of the anti-ISIS coalition, Kerry said, "We all know, all of us, that Da'esh is, in fact, nothing more than a mixture of killers, of kidnappers, of criminals, of thugs, of adventurers, of smugglers, of thieves."
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