DHS Secretary: ISIS Doesn't Deserve the Dignity of Being Called 'Islamic'
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson spoke to John Roberts today on "Fox News Sunday" about a wide range of topics, including the Obama administration's refusal to say "radical Islam."
"In our engagements around the country ... in Muslim communities, Islamic cultural centers, in places like Minneapolis, Boston, L.A., Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, the thing I hear from leaders in the Muslim community in this country is, 'ISIL is attempting to hijack my religion. Our religion is about peace and brotherhood, and ISIL is attempting to hijack that from us.’" Johnson said. "They resent that. Most victims of ISIL are, in fact, Muslim."
"To refer to ISIL as occupying any part of the Islamic theology is playing on a battlefield that they would like us to be on," Johnson said. "I think that to call them some form of Islam gives the group more dignity than it deserves, frankly. It is a terrorist organization."
Johnson also weighed in on the battle over President Obama's executive actions on immigration, saying that they will appeal Judge Hanen's injunction and seek a stay of his decision.
Meanwhile, funding for the Department of Homeland Security runs out at the end of the week due to Congress being unable to come to an agreement over the inclusion of Obama's controversial executive actions in the budget.
"What is going on in Congress is there are some who want to defund our executive actions and do it in a way that holds up the entire budget of homeland security for this nation," Johnson asserted.
"That is unacceptable from a public safety, homeland security view and I'm talking to my friends on the Hill, Democrat and Republican, about the importance of ... funding the Department of Homeland Security."
Watch the full interview above.