Any effort to marginalize the highly patriotic Muslim community in the US would only help the narrative of terrorist organisations like Islamic State and AL-Qaeda, White House
Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.The president has been disturbed at a lot of the political rhetoric that we've seen directed at Muslims. And the president has spoken about that I think quite forcefully over the last couple of weeks," Earnest said.

At the same time, I think the President is confident that the vast majority of Americans understand this core principle that people aren't targeted for violence based on their religious beliefs. That is a core value of our country. That is a value that is worth defending. It is also a value that is broadly shared by just about every American," he asserted.

Earnest was responding to questions on fear of a backlash among the Muslim community after the California shooting. If there are some specific steps that need to be taken to protect a mosque against a specific threat, I have total confidence that local law enforcement is committed to that effort. And if they need the support of the federal government, I'm sure that they will receive it," he noted.

Earnest said Obama has expressed his concern about some of the grossly irresponsible and in some cases outright bigoted political rhetoric heard over the last several weeks. Obama, he said does not believe, importantly, that that makes the country safer. In fact, President George W Bush was somebody who keenly understood that targeting Muslims or somehow marginalizing them only advances the narratives of our enemies. And that's why President George W Bush went out of his way to make it clear that the United States and the West are not at war with Islam,he noted.

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