The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) suddenly doesn’t like the term, ‘Islamist’ and wants journalists to stop using it.
After doing everything it can to ensconce a new word, “Islamophobia,” into conversational English, the nation’s most visible Islamist group is trying to stop use of a well-established word: Islamist.
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) national spokesman Ibrahim Hooper released a column urging journalists to “Drop the term ‘Islamist.'”
It was added to the latest Associated Press Stylebook – the guide for spelling, punctuation and other rules – that is used by journalists at the smallest community papers and the largest television networks, Hooper wrote. AP defines Islamists as “Those who view the Quran as a political model encompass a wide range of Muslims, from mainstream politicians to militants known as jihadi.”
Journalists should ignore that, Hooper argued, because it is used in a negative way, and used by “Islam-bashers” who really hate the faith of Islam but want to cover their tracks. “Yet they fail to explain how a practicing Muslim can be active in the political arena without attracting the label ‘Islamist.'”
In 1899, Winston Churchill referred to Islamic fundamentalists as ‘Mohammedans’ while writing that there is “no stronger retrograde force” than Mohammedanism in the world. He also said, “Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith”.
To what was Churchill referring? Islam? Islamism? Followers of Muhammad?
In 2006, President George W. Bush used the term ‘Islamic fascists’ to describe would-be terrorists who had been arrested:
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) didn’t like it, made their sentiment known and Bush never used the phrase again. Here’s a clip from a WGN news report shortly after Bush made that statement. CAIR-Chicago objected. Take note of the appearance of a well-known figure to us, Ahmed Rehab, in this report. Rehab is the Executive Director for CAIR-Chicago:
What would you call followers of Islam who attempted to blow up several airliners?
We would love to know what term groups like CAIR would like us to use to describe these individuals and since they continue to cross terms off the list, we’d like to introduce a new one for widespread consideration.
How about…. ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISTS?
Isn’t that what all of these Muslim terrorists are? Oh, wait. Is ‘Muslim terrorist’ acceptable?