Kerry: "The Biggest Error We Could Make Would Be To Blame Muslims Collectively For Crimes Not Committed By Muslims Alone"

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Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, "the biggest error that we could make would be to blame Muslims collectively for crimes not committed by Muslims alone." Kerry said we are increasingly fighting back, "but in doing so we also have to keep our heads."

Kerry likened the threat we face today to that of the kind of world that lead to World War II.

"Now, need I remind you, the 20th century was defined by the civilized world struggle to develop the rule of law as an alternative to chaos, disorder and dictatorship," Kerry said. "Today we are witnessing nothing more than a form of criminal anarchy, a nihilism which illegitimately claims an ideological and religious foundations."

"Obviously," Kerry said, "the biggest error that we could make would be to blame Muslims collectively for crimes not committed by Muslims alone. Crimes that the overwhelming majority of Muslims oppose."

JOHN KERRY, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: It seems that terrorists are now competing with each other for recruits and perpetrating ever more macabre crimes. Now, need I remind you, the 20th century was defined by the civilized world struggle to develop the rule of law as an alternative to chaos, disorder and dictatorship. And today we are witnessing nothing more than a form of criminal anarchy, a nihilism which illegitimately claims an ideological and religious foundations. Against this enemy, we are increasingly organizing and fighting back, but in doing so we also have to keep our heads. Obviously, the biggest error that we could make would be to blame Muslims collectively for crimes not committed by Muslims alone. Crimes that the overwhelming majority of Muslims oppose. Crimes that their faith utterly rejects and that Muslim leaders themselves have the greatest ability to address. Religions don't require adherence to be raze villages and blow up people, it's individuals with a distorted and an even ignorant interpretation of religion who do that.

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