From the ‘perverting everything’ department:
* Â Yeah! Â Beginning of this month Thailand discovered “Missionary Bandits in the deep South”, in the Philippines they suddenly started to negotiate with ‘communist rebels’, America followed Britain’s Orwellian new language regulation that forbids government officials to use words like ‘terror, Islamic jihad’ et al, becauseÂ Islamic terrorism is suddenly, magically transformed into ‘anti-Islamic activity’ to woo Muslims.
The word “asylum” should be phased out in relation to foreigners seeking safe haven in Britain and replaced with “sanctuary”, a new report said today.
A poll for the Independent Asylum Commission found that only 28% of people viewed “asylum” positively, and 33% viewed it negatively.
Mind your (terror) language
By Khody AkhaviÂ
WASHINGTON – From the people who brought you the “war on terror” and the “axis of evil” comes a new verbal tonic for combating that amorphous emotion.Â
Out with pejoratives like “Islamo-fascists”, “jihadis” and “mujahideen”, and in with “words that work”, that is according to a George W Bush administration memo that was leaked last month to the Associated Press.Â
* Reality sux:Â
* Driving out native Brits to establish a Muhammedan proletariat caliphate
In comparison, more than 81% thought “sanctuary” had positive connotations. Slightly more people – 31.3% – most associated the word “asylum” with a place for the mentally ill rather than with safety for the persecuted, the poll said.
Ahead of the launch of the report today, a spokesman said there was “grave misunderstanding” among the public which threatened to undermine Britain’s long tradition of offering help to those fleeing persecution.
“The commissioners advise those wishing to communicate effectively with the public to avoid using the term ‘asylum’ or ‘asylum seeker’ if they wish to convey messages about people seeking sanctuary from persecution,” he said.
Ifath Nawaz, president of the Association of Muslim Lawyers and co-chair of the Independent Asylum Commission, said: “The public have to understand and support sanctuary and the system that provides it for those fleeing persecution.
* Bleeding hearts and minds:
“And that is why the commission is calling for a campaign to win hearts and minds and ensure we have a system that is in line with the values of the mainstream British public.”
Co-chair and former High Court judge Sir John Waite said: “Unless we take action to restore public support and confidence, the outlook for the UK’s tradition of providing sanctuary to those fleeing persecution is bleak.
“The public overwhelmingly supports the idea that we provide sanctuary to those who need it and they are on the whole proud of our history as a safe haven – but there is a profound disconnection in the public mind between the sanctuary they want the UK to provide and their perception of asylum seekers and the asylum system.”
The survey of 1,000 people aged over 17 was conducted by Efeedback Research.