President Jihad Turk was invited to speak on KCRW’s “Which way LA.” radio program to discuss how the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris were perceived by the Los Angeles Muslim community. In his remarks, he stressed the heinous nature of these acts and expressed the outraged shared against the perpetrators. He also remarked on how extremists misappropriate religion to cynically justify their violence, leading to pain and suffering for the immediate victims and their families, and to more difficulties for Muslims in other societies. Muslim Americans are concerned about backlash directed at innocent, law-abiding and peaceful Muslims by those who are susceptible to the vitriol and political posturing that hasĀ emerged in the wake of the attacks. It is important to affirm our collective support and commitment to peace locally and globally.