MUSLIM GROUP: BUSH DISTORTS ‘ISLAMIC’
The newly elected head of the largest Muslim group in North America called President Bush’s recasting of the war on terror as a “war against Islamic fascism” inaccurate and not helpful to people of her faith.
Ingrid Mattson, the first woman president of the Islamic Society of North America, said Friday at the opening of the group’s 43rd annual convention that labeling terrorism as “Islamic” only adds to a misunderstanding of the religion.
“I’m convinced that it is not only inaccurate, but unhelpful. If our major concern is security, security of this country, this is a term that has very bad resonance in the Muslim majority world and makes us feel uncomfortable here,” Mattson said.