Today, President Obama is getting flack about an answer he gave to a Catholic schoolgirl in Indonesia. The question was, "What is your take on jihad?" The president is speaking before a Christian audience in an Islamic country while fighting a war in another Islamic country. He is walking a tightrope. I certainly don't envy the guy. Still, I find it bizarre that the president would want to get into a debate about the finer points of Islamic doctrine. I suggest keeping things simple.
Here's my response to the question:
Q: What is your take on jihad?
A: I am not a Muslim, nor am I a religious scholar. As a result, it would be presumptuous of me to explain the tenets of another faith. Nonetheless, I know peace-loving people of many faiths, and I am willing to work with them to make this world a better place.
Likewise, I am familiar with people who hate and use violence against innocents. It doesn't matter if they justify their actions by a religion or a particular ideology. We should stand against them on the side of justice.