What do you think it takes to fight radical Islam? If your answer was brute military force, congratulations, that’s the sane response.But the Department of Homeland Security’s solution? Whatever you do – make sure not to be offensive.
Via the Daily CallerLess than a week before Omar Mateen walked into an Orlando gay club and killed or wounded more than 100 people, the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) submitted its Countering Violent Extremism report to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson. The report instructs the DHS not to use any language that might be “disrespectful” to Muslims, including (but not limited to) the words “jihad,” “sharia” and “takfir.”
The report was crafted by an HSAC subcommittee that Secretary Johnson created in November 2015. The head of that subcommittee, Farah Pandith, was appointed by Johnson in May 2015. The subcommittee published the report on June 9.If they can’t use words that might be “disrespectful” to Muslims, can we at least demand the language used to describe gun owners is a bit nicer after a mass public shooting? I doubt we can expect the same level of respect.
In addition to combating violent extremism by reaching out to “gender diverse” Americans and teaching youth “appropriate online etiquette,” the report recommends that the DHS “avoid stigmatizing specific communities.”
The report states, “Under no circumstance should we be using language that will alienate or be disrespectful of fellow Americans.” Among those “disrespectful” words were the aforementioned “jihad,” “sharia,” and “takfir.”
Yes – apparently the crazies over at Tumblr are now crafting anti-terrorism policy.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]