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Media, Obama, FBI Have Purged ‘Islamophobia’

That is, from the language. Not from the real world.

From the Politico:

AP Stylebook revises ‘Islamist’ use

By DYLAN BYERS | 4/5/13

On Thursday, after much prodding from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the AP moved to disassociate the term "Islamist" from its negative connotations with "Islamic fighters, militants, extremists or radicals, who may or may not be Islamists."

CAIR had complained late last year that the AP’s old definition of "Islamist" — a "supporter of government in accord with the laws of Islam [and] who view the Quran as a political model" — had become a pejorative shorthand for extremist Muslims or "Muslims we don’t like."

The Stylebook’s entry for Islamist now reads as follows (bold mine): "An advocate or supporter of a political movement that favors reordering government and society in accordance with laws prescribed by Islam. Do not use as a synonym for Islamic fighters, militants, extremists or radicals, who may or may not be Islamists. Where possible, be specific and use the name of militant affiliations: al-Qaida-linked, Hezbollah, Taliban, etc. Those who view the Quran as a political model encompass a wide range of Muslims, from mainstream politicians to militants known as jihadi."

CAIR commended the AP’s decision in a statement released on Friday: "We believe this revision is a step in the right direction and will result in fewer negative generalizations in coverage of issues related to Islam and Muslims," Ibrahim Hooper, the National Communications Director for the civil liberties group said. "The key issue with the term ‘Islamist’ is not its continued use; the issue is its use almost exclusively as an ill-defined pejorative."

Of course, as in most things the AP were just following Obama’s lead.

From the Associated Press, back in April 2010:

Obama Bans Islam, Jihad From National Security Strategy Document

Published April 07, 2010

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s advisers will remove religious terms such as "Islamic extremism" from the central document outlining the U.S. national security strategy and will use the rewritten document to emphasize that the United States does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terror, counterterrorism officials said.

The change is a significant shift in the National Security Strategy, a document that previously outlined the Bush Doctrine of preventative war and currently states: "The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century."

[R]rewriting the strategy document will be the latest example of Obama putting his stamp on U.S. foreign policy, like his promises to dismantle nuclear weapons and limit the situations in which they can be used…

And this purge of such negative language has been going on in the Obama administration ever since. As evidenced by this piece from the 2012 archives of Wired:

FBI Purges Hundreds of Terrorism Documents in Islamophobia Probe

By Spencer Ackerman | February 15, 2012

An internal FBI investigation into its counterterrorism training has purged hundreds of bureau documents of instructional material about Muslims, some of which characterized them as prone to violence or terrorism.

The bureau disclosed initial findings from its months-long review during a meeting at FBI headquarters on Wednesday with several Arab and Muslim advocacy groups, attended by Director Robert Mueller. So far, the inquiry has uncovered and purged over 700 pages of documentation from approximately 300 presentations given to agents since 9/11…

FBI spokesman Christopher Allen confirms to [Wired] that the bureau found some of the documents to be objectionable because they were inaccurate or over-broad, others because they were offensive…

The FBI purged documents according to four criteria: “factual errors”; “poor taste”; employment of “stereotypes” about Arabs or Muslims; or presenting information that “lacked precision.”

[Wired] uncovered several such documents in the fall, including some instructing FBI counterterrorism agents that “mainstream” Muslims sympathized with terrorists; that the Prophet Mohammed was a “cult” leader; and that the more “devout” a Muslim was, the more likely he would be to commit a violent act. Some documents even purported to graph the correlation.

How despicable of them!

The FBI initially said the instruction occurred “one time only.” But when [Wired] uncovered additional anti-Islam materials — in briefings that compared Islam to the Death Star; in books on the shelves of the FBI training library at Quantico; and in pages hosted on internal FBI websites — the bureau began an extensive internal review…

Mind you, Wired is proud of ‘exposing’ all of this terrible bigotry of the FBI.

But the FBI isn’t finished. The bureau plans to publish a “touchstone document” in the coming weeks that explains its criteria to ensure new anti-Islam documents won’t enter counterterrorism training in the future. Similarly, the Justice Department plans on March 21 to release “Cultural Competency” guidelines for dealing with Arab and Muslim communities on counterterrorism, according to Xochitl Hinojosa [sic], a department spokeswoman

The White House ordered a government-wide review of counterterrorism training late last year. A Pentagon document responding to the order cited [Wired’s] series as an impetus for the effort…

Because if we pretend ‘Islamic extremism’ has gone away, maybe it will go away.

But, in hindsight, it’s no wonder the FBI ‘dropped the ball’ with Tamerlan Tsarnaev. They are probably afraid to even utter the word ‘Muslim terrorist,’ let alone ask somebody if they are one. That would be ‘hate speech.’ And CAIR might get mad.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 22nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Media, Obama, FBI Have Purged ‘Islamophobia’”

  1. mr_bill says:

    I’m not surprised, it’s second nature for this administration to hide the truth about just about everything. We shouldn’t be surprised that they hide the nature of the culprits of nearly every terrorist attack against the US. The unindicted co-conspirators at CAIR must be ecstatic that this administration is so willing to be co-opted into the muslims’ agenda.

    To be fair though, I’ve also stopped using the word ‘islamist’ when referring to muslim terrorists. I just call them muslims or mohammadans, since it seems to be the rare exception that doesn’t want to kill us. It would be easier to call peaceful muslims the extremists, since they are the ones deviating from the islamic doctrine and they seem to be fewer in number than the ones who do want to kill us.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Government PC
    Killing Americans by one ‘Islamist’ after another.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Remember, Lenin advised the first thing to do is to change the common language

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