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Make Sure You Label Those Terrorists as Muslim!

Reported by Janie - April 12, 2006

Yesterday (4/11) on Special Report's "Grapevine" (aka "Two Minutes of Hate") Brit Hume explained the decision of the European Union to drop the term "Islamic terrorism" from press releases to avoid offending the majority of the Islamic religion that are not terrorists. His tone, however, conveyed his distaste for the change.

Hume had this to say about the sudden change, "The European Union says it will no longer use the phrase 'Islamic terrorism' to describe attacks carried out by Muslims. Instead, the EU press releases will use the phrase 'terrorist who abusively invoke Islam.'

The words 'Islamist', 'Fundamentalist', and 'jihad' are also up for banning, as part of a new lexicon that seeks to avoid offending Muslims.

The EU's counter terrorism chief says the government is taking great pains to use language that quote 'makes clear that we are talking about a murderous fringe that is abusing a religion and does not accept it'."

Many feel the PC culture in the United States has gotten out of hand, but in some cases a change might not be necessary, but logical.

According to Dictionary.com, the definition of terrorism is "The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons."

This definition applies to hundreds of groups active around the world today. Why is it so important to label what religion, nationality, political persuasion or creed they are? Isn't terrorism a strong enough word? Does explaining that Al Qaeda is "Islamic terrorism" provide a deeper connotation than simply calling them Al Qaeda?

The Grapevine segment did nothing more than lead viewers into feeling greater distaste for Europe, and held absolutely no actual substance other than to berate another government for caring about the sensitivities of another culture.

You can view the video here.

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