White House spokesman Jay Carney said that American Muslims are part of the solution in the United States and not the problem, reports BNA, which noted that the statement comes ahead of the U.S. Rep. Peter King hearings to discuss and defended the problem of what he has called Islamic extremism in the U.S.
According to BNA, the White House extended its hand to Muslims by sending Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough to meet with members of the Muslim community.
BNA reported that McDonough told an audience on Sunday at a Virginia mosque that the White House is committed to a positive and productive relationship with Muslims, and that “we will not stigmatize or demonize entire communities because of the actions of a few.”
“In the US, we don’t practice guilt by association,” McDonough told the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, or ADAMS mosque.
“The bottom line is this,” McDonough said, BNA reported, “When it comes to preventing violent extremism and terrorism in the US, Muslim Americans are not part of the problem; you’re part of the solution.””
Critics are outraged and accuse King of singling out a group based on their faith. Many within the Arab and Muslim American community are deeply disturbed by King’s insistence to “investigate homegrown radicalization,” according to BNA.