(CNSNews.com) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) praised the Associated Press (AP) for revising its stylebook to forbid the use of the word “Islamist,” if it is used to describe Islamic militants or extremists.
In a press release on Friday, CAIR said revising the term is a “step in the right direction,” and that they helped influence the AP’s decision.
“Late last year, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) approached AP about modifying the reference, which had been added to its influential Stylebook,” the release said.
“That entry read: ‘Islamist — Supporter of government in accord with the laws of Islam. Those who view the Quran as a political model encompass a wide range of Muslims, from mainstream politicians to militants known as jihadi.’”
“CAIR suggested that AP change its Stylebook to incorporate language similar to that used in the reference to ‘fundamentalist,’ which states that the label should not be used unless a group applies the term to itself,” they said.
CAIR also encouraged the media to drop the term. “Unfortunately, the term ‘Islamist’ has become shorthand for ‘Muslims we don’t like,’” said CAIR. “It is currently used in an almost exclusively pejorative context and is often coupled with the term ‘extremist,’ giving it an even more negative slant.”
The group’s national communications director, Ibrahim Hooper, also wrote a commentary earlier this year, calling on AP to drop the term.
“No journalist would think of referring to the ‘Judaist government of Israel,’ the ‘Christianist leader Rick Santorum’ or ‘Hinduist Indian politician Narendra Modi,’ while use of ‘Islamist’ has become ubiquitous,” Hooper wrote. “It might be an interesting exercise to hold a contest, the winner of which would be the first to find a positive mainstream media reference to ‘Islamist.’”
A more interesting exercise would be to hold a challenge to any so-called journalist to investigate CAIR, its history, its leaders, its finances and to challenge attorney generals in all states to prosecute them for their terrorist links since Holder refuses to do so.
Back to the article, we know so-called journalists would and they do refer to non-Muslims in other snide and insidious ways but those leaders would never be ashamed to be described as Christianist or Hinduist. They have nothing to hide or be ashamed of. Unlike CAIR and Muslims who dedicate their lives to one thing and one thing only (after money that is) – forcing Islamic sharia law on everyone by whatever means necessary.
That said, there is no such thing as an Islamist although we all fall into the trap of using such a term. There are Muslims. Period. Muslims like those who join and support al Qaeda wage physical jihad. Muslims like CAIR leverage the threats of the jihad-waging Muslims and wage legal and cultural jihad shaking down corporations, law enforcement and the media. They work in conjunction with each other, feeding off each other. They have the same goal. All Muslims do. It is proscribed for them. Even if they dislike it – so says the Koran.
They have a choice to leave Islam – but Islam sharia law regulates that too. The penalty for leaving Islam is up to and including death.
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