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Political pundits were quick to note that the phrase "Muslim extremism" was conspicuously absent from this week's White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism.

President Obama avoided tying the actions of the self-proclaimed Islamic State and al-Qaida to Islam, saying it would legitimize the terrorist group.

Critics also pointed out that the president did not use "Coptic Christians" when referring to the Egyptian citizens beheaded by ISIS in a video released last weekend.

Here & Now's Robin Young spoke with Michael Crowley of Politico about Obama's rhetoric when talking about extremism and religion.


This segment aired on February 19, 2015.

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