It’s bad enough President Obama refuses to name the enemy and utter the words “radical Islam,” even in the wake of the second deadliest Islamist terror attack on US soil since 9/11.
Now, Obama’s Department of Homeland Security wants to ban others from certain “religiously charged” words. The thinking supposedly is that not using words like “jihad” — will help prevent people from being attracted to groups like the Islamic State.
Nope, not making this up, folks.
As the Washington Examiner reports:
The Department of Homeland Security has proposed banning “religiously charged” words like “jihad” within the department in the hopes of preventing people being attracted to violent extremist groups like the Islamic State.
A June 2016 report produced by the Countering Violent Extremism Subcommittee states the best way to prevent an “us vs. them” mentality is to “reject religiously charged terminology and problematic positioning by using plain-meaning American English.”
Department members are asked to use the term “American Muslim” rather than “Muslim American” and “Muslim communities” rather than “Muslim world” to encourage feelings of inclusivity. In addition, DHS is recommending that terms like “jihad,” which translates to holy war, and “sharia law,” which refers to Islamic law, should be abandoned in favor of less religiously charged language.
The recommendations are part of the Department of Homeland Security’s $100 million “attempt to protect our nation’s young people from extremists who prey upon the millennial generation,” according to the report.
“The department must reframe the conversation to reflect this reality and design a robust program around the protection of our youth, which must include predator awareness and an understanding of radicalization. In doing so, our citizens will be better equipped for this threat,” reads the report.
Almost hard to decide which is worse, the fact that Obama’s DHS thinks banning words like “sharia law” and “jihad” will make a meaningful dent in the expansion of Islamic extremism — or the fact that it spent $100 million of our tax dollars to make the recommendation.
Pretty sure a DHS ban on the words won’t stop a single Islamic terrorists out there from saying whatever the heck they want to say.
Big fat newsflash for the Obama administration. Just denying something’s existence will not make it go away. If that were the case, we would have willed your legacy of the past seven years away through sheer denial.
Tragically for our nation, willful denial increasingly appears to be this administration’s strategy for addressing (not) the growing threat of radical Islam to our homeland.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]