War on Words: CAIR Asks Journalists to Stop Using the Term ‘Islamist’

Sharona Schwartz, The Blaze, January 6, 2013

The Muslim advocacy group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is asking the nation’s media to make this their new year’s resolution: Stop using the word “Islamist.”

Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR’s communications director, explained in a Jan. 3 op-ed why his group is upset the Associated Press added the term to its latest stylebook, a document that guides reporters worldwide. Hooper wrote:

That entry reads: “Islamist—Supporter of government in accord with the laws of Islam. Those who view the Quran as a political model encompass a wide range of Muslims, from mainstream politicians to militants known as jihadi.”

The AP says it sought input from Arabic-speaking experts and hoped to provide a neutral perspective by emphasizing the “wide range” of religious views encompassed in the term.

Many Muslims who wish to serve the public good are influenced by the principles of their faith. Islam teaches Muslims to work for the welfare of humanity and to be honest and just. If this inspiration came from the Bible, such a person might well be called a Good Samaritan. But when the source is the Quran, the person is an “Islamist.”

Unfortunately, the term “Islamist” has become shorthand for “Muslims we don’t like.” It is currently used in an almost exclusively pejorative context and is often coupled with the term “extremist,” giving it an even more negative slant.

Hooper believes that because there are so few “positive references to ‘Islamist’ in news articles,” it should not be used. Though it’s hard to imagine how journalists might put a positive spin on beheadings and honor killings.


Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch, another CAIR adversary, reminded readers that the media do not frequently identify CAIR as “an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case, or note the jihad terror convictions of several of their former officers, or their consistent opposition to every anti-terror measure ever devised.” He wrote:

The irony is that, as I have explained many times (as in this National Review article), the term “Islamist” is often used by those who believe that Islam is a Religion of Peace that has been hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists, to create a distance between Islam, which is supposedly entirely benign and peaceful, and Islamism, which teaches political authoritarianism, subjugation of non-Muslims, and everything else about Islam that is unpleasant and at variance with Western principles of human rights. [ . . . ]

Anyway, now even the word “Islamist,” although it is usually used to exonerate Islam and distance its teachings from the violence and hate propagated in its name, is unacceptable for Hamas-linked CAIR. Clearly Hamas-linked CAIR’s amiable beekeper, Honest Ibe Hooper, sees how successful he and his fellow Islamic supremacists have been in co-opting the media, government, and law enforcement in recent years, and is pressing on toward final victory: the total silencing of any resistance to the global jihad and Islamic supremacism. […]

What Honest Ibe is not telling you here is that “Islamists” are generally proponents of political Islam, an authoritarian system that would deny basic rights to non-Muslims and women. Their political agenda is grounded in Islam in a way that no fair-minded person would say that Santorum’s is grounded in Christianity.


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  • A Multiracial Individual

    Are there any Palestinian Christian suicide bombers? After all, they under the same occupation right?

    • A Multiracial Individual


      • pcmustgo

        What’s your mix? I’m the half jewish poster here… Even on amren, all this “diversity”!

        • The__Bobster

          We have a couple of posters who are Asian by injection.

        • A Multiracial Individual

          German-American plus two more major races.


      Call them Muslim Killers.

    • aj

      Probably. Most of the early “terrorists” (I believe Palestinians should fight for their homeland against invaders same as any people) were from secular marxoid nationalist groups.

      Israel used to fund and prop up the Islamists like Hamas because they were seen as peaceful and docile compared to the Marxist groups.

  • David Ashton

    Read the “Newspeak” appendix to Orwell’s “1984”.

  • Triarius

    Living in the Dearborn, MI area for over 20 years and growing up around there I can say this: a moderate Muslim is like Bigfoot. Everyone hears about them, few see them, none confirmed.

    CAIR wants to claim “Islamists” hurts their community. Can they refute that? Are there non-Muslims over there suicide bombing? Is this mainly a Middle Eastern thing?


    • shattered

      I’ve met a few moderate Muslims but they stopped being moderate once they found out I opposed their false religion.

  • Robert Binion

    We shall decant cheap gin into fine crystal and declare it champagne.–Senior Class of Columbia School of Journalism

  • ArmenianWN

    First of all, Ibrahim Hooper is not a credible source and should be dismissed for everything he says. In 1993 he said that he would like the United States constitution to be replaced with Sharia Law and the Qur’an. He has also said that he would like Europe to have a Muslim majority. He is a hypocrite because he promotes Muslim nationalism but grossly slanders nationalism among other peoples namely Whites. It is also sickening to see this trash on TV as he never actually debates or discusses important issues with people from the opposing side but rather yells them out and calls them racists, such as in this video:


  • anarchyst

    There is NO SUCH THING as a “moderate” muslim. ALL muslims are COMMANDED to obey their leaders and practice “taquiya” (lying to infidels to further islamic aims).

    • bluffcreek1967

      Very true! When Muslims smile at you, talk about ‘peace’ and ‘acceptance’ of others, and get involved in local ‘civic affairs,’ it’s all a ruse. They are trying to infiltrate our institutions and present a positive image of themselves. They want people to see them as the innocent victims of ‘hate’ and ‘prejudice’ as if their actions worldwide deserve no such suspicions. But if they were ever to gain the majority here in America, we would witness discrimination and persecutions against whites, including white Christians, on a scale unimaginable. They will lie, cheat and deceive in order to achieve their goals. Muslims are evil, and their conduct against ‘infidels’ and other religions throughout the world is a reflection of their evil religion. They are doing exactly what Muhammad himself before them (may piss be upon him).

  • mobilebay

    We promise to stop saying “Islamist” if you’ll all promise to leave the country. Deal?

    • bluffcreek1967

      No, let’s keep using the term ‘Islamists’ and ALSO demand they leave our country!

  • guest

    Only in today’s PC world is saying the word “Islamist” more terrible than all the terrorist crimes that Islamists have committed over the years.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    Ibrahim is absolutely correct. Henceforth, I will use the term “Suidophobic Islamibiciles”.

    I hope everyone is happy now.

  • America First


  • bluffcreek1967

    If Muslims are offended by the term “Islamists,” then I urge us to use it more often. When speaking of their illiterate and epileptic founder, Muhammed, let’s make sure we also add the phrase, “May piss be upon him” as opposed to their, “May peace be upon him.” Or we can always refer to him as the “pedophile prophet of the Islamists” if one chooses.

    The point in all of this is that we need to mock, ridicule and laugh at Muslims and their murderous religion every chance we get. NEVER give it any form of dignity in your speech, and always try to find ways to mock it – yet always armed with the truth. Ridicule is a very effective means in undermining our Islamist enemies. Just as the Left learned many years ago about the power of ridicule, so also should white Americans employ it to weaken and discourage the Muslim immigrants in our midst.

    Don’t worry about the Muslims (uh, I mean Islamists) hating you because they already do! In case you haven’t heard, Islam has declared war on the world, specifically white western nations, and their aim is to convert us or kill us if we refuse to submit to their pagan mood-god. We are in a war whether we recognize it or not.

    • George

      I always cite Muhammad as ‘The Paadophile Prophet’ in online discussion groups. It seldom fails to get a rise out of the Moslems.

      Then I point out that he married his favourite wife at age six, and consummated the marriage when she was nine. This, incidentally, is why the age of consent in Iran is 9.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      “May pigs be upon him”.

      There; I fixed it.

      • bluffcreek1967

        Good one! I like that too!

    • anonymous

      The muslims are like the Mexicans and Hispanics. The muslims don’t want us to criticize their reigion or call them “Islamists” just as the Hispanics don’t want us saying the word ‘illegal’ or objecting to them being in our country. Anything that pisses off our enemies is fine by me.

  • Brady

    I don’t like the term “Islamist” either. Can’t we just say Muslim?

    • Michael_C_Scott

      No. The Islamists are those who want to immediately impose Sharia law. The Muslims are those who are willing to wait 50 years.

  • Ok. How about “pedophile-worshippers”?

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Technically, they do not “worship” the pedophile. One of the original complaints about Christianity in Islam was that Christians worshiped their Prophet (messenger) Christ rather than heeding Christ’s divinely-inspired message. Muslims claim to obey every single one of Mohammad’s loathsome “teachings” without worshiping the individual who inflicted these never-to-be questioned ideas upon them.

      This is a common misunderstanding among Christians, who frequently suspect Muslims of “worshiping” Mohammad – expressly forbidden in Islam (they would become very violent if a former Muslim sect did that), or Buddhists of “worshiping” Gautama Siddartha – considered absurd in Buddhism (they would consider you foolish for having missed the whole point).

      Summed up in chronology and alphabetical order by name as well as essential command, Buddha said “contemplate”, Christ said “decide”, and Mohammad said “submit”.

  • nexus

    CAIR needs to have the wording of the !st Amendement tattooed on their asses…

  • vladdy

    Problem with being a peaceful muslim is, how do you explain that little problem about idolizing and worshipping the “perfect man” even angels talk to….who tells you to emulate him in every way, even to bathroom habits….who just happens to be a savage rapist and murderer who liked to behead people?
    Speaking of bathroom habits, know how muslims are supposed to use their right hands only to “wupe: with and their left for everything else? Anybody notice that BO’s a leftie (in more ways than one?)

  • Liberalsuck

    I want CAIR to stop letting muslims come to Western countries. I want CAIR to speak out against muslim violence. I want CAIR to follow our laws and our customs. I want CAIR to quit whining everytime someone offends them while being quiet about how nonmuslims and women are killed or raped in muslim countries.