If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.
Two days before Orlando jihad massacre, DHS told officials not to use words “jihad” and “Sharia” to avoid offending Muslims
The Obama administration is deeply committed to the proposition that it would be wrong and harmful to identify the jihad threat for what it is. In reality, its politically correct willful ignorance is hamstringing proper analysis of the problem, and endangering Americans.
“DHS report before Orlando massacre: Don’t offend Muslims while combating extremism,” by Douglas Ernst, Washington Times, June 14, 2016:
A report by the Homeland Security Advisory Council released days before the Islamic terror attack in Orlando, Florida, stressed the importance of combating extremism by avoiding terms that might offend Muslims.
A HSAC subcommittee first created by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson in 2015 published its report on June 9.
Some instructions found in the report include:
Officials should not use the word “jihad.”
Officials should not use the word “sharia.”
Officials should not use the word “takfir,” which is done when one Muslim accuses another of apostasy.
Officials are instructed to “reject religiously-charged terminology and problematic positioning by using plain meaning American English.”
“We must speak with honor and respect about all communities within the United States,” the Daily Caller reported Tuesday. “We should give dignity to the many histories and diversities within our nation and advocate for a consistent whole of government approach that utilizes agreed terms and words. Tone and word choice matter.”…
Obama – “What exactly would using this language [calling Islamic terrorists, Islamic Terrorists] accomplish? What exactly would it change?”
It would accomplish the acknowledgement that Islam is the problem. That the ideology of Islam is the problem and allow the discussion and countering of the ideology openly, in public and countering it in our media and schools.
Right now the ideology of Islam gets an apology after every heinous massacre carried out under its name, by its directives and inspired by its ideology, instead of being exposed for the evil that it is. It is treated as sacrosanct, above criticism.