White House: Inaccurate to Use Phrase ‘Radical Islam’ to Talk About Terrorists

Ben Wolfgang, Washington Times, January 13, 2015

The White House tried to explain Tuesday why it has refused to use the term “radical Islam” in describing the Islamist terrorists responsible for last week’s Paris attacks and other acts of violence across the globe.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the administration doesn’t want to legitimize those terrorists or the “warped” view of Islam they hold. Also, Mr. Earnest said, the phrase “radical Islam” simply is not an accurate way to describe the enemies of the U.S., France and other nations across the globe.

“I certainly wouldn’t want to be in a position where I’m repeating the justification they have cited that I think is illegitimate. They had invoked Islam to justify their attacks,” he told reporters. “I think what I’m trying to do is to describe to you what happened and what they did. These individuals are terrorists. . . . We have chosen not to use that label [of radical Islam] because it doesn’t seem to accurately describe what happened.”


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  • The White House tried to explain Tuesday why it has refused to use the term “radical Islam” in describing the Islamist terrorists responsible for last week’s Paris attacks and other acts of violence across the globe.

    Because the President’s name is Barack Hussein Obama.

    • See The Future

      The means are there to legally remove him. All it takes is political will.

      • Albert

        Black skin privilege would make the process very messy and perhaps well nigh impossible. He enjoys a form of protection that no other president has ever known. Even after all the liberties he has taken with executive actions, few dare to consider going after him.

        • saxonsun

          And just because he doesn’t have white skin. Now that’s the very essence of racism.

    • Oil Can Harry

      The left feels it’s wrong to mention these terrorists are MUSLIM.

      But when someone on the far right like Tim McVeigh commits an act of terror all the news accounts refer to him being WHITE.

    • propagandaoftruth

      This is a teachable moment for them…

    • NoMosqueHere

      Agreed. But many white librulls say the same thing.

      The terrorist murderersl scream their muslim chants to the heavens but we’re supposed to ignore it. Liberals suffer from a mental illness.

  • Greg Thomas

    The terrorists’ view of islam is not warped! They are simply acting in accordance to their ideology. There are no degrees of islam, there is only islam. Every muslim who subscribes to islam is capable of a spontaneous act of islam. The problem is islam itself and
    until that is acknowledged, these spontaneous acts of islam will continue.

    • Publius Pompilius Quietus

      Most monotheistic religions are “warped” and irrational. How religion is interpreted is irrelevant. Arabs’ religion is simply a moral justification–like anti-imperialism in the early 20th century–for violence and barbarism, which would happen regardless.

  • MekongDelta69

    ‘Josh (I) Earnest(ly) lie, every time I get up on this podium,’ has been ordered by the ‘powers that be’ (aka our ‘fearless’ black muslim Marxist dictator), to pretend he’s never heard of the words, “Islam” and “Muslim.”

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    It is true, it is not radical Islam that is the problem, it is mainstream Islam that is the problem. When you have Muslim world leaders like the clown in Iran putting out a contract on an author named Salmon Rushdie for writing a book several years ago and with no condemnation from other Muslim leaders for doing so, you know this kind of intolerance is endemic to the religion. What is going on now over the cartoons is just more of the same. Who were the first ones to speak out about offensive cartoons? It was not some radical Muslim fringe group it was mainstream Muslims who then protested all over the Muslim world in several different countries over nothing more than a silly cartoon! The problem is Islam, mainstream Islam, and the sooner we face reality about these highly insecure intolerant control freaks the better. Most Muslims who move to the West are not here to assimilate into our cultures, they are here to replace our cultures. There are Muslims in France who have been there for generations who are not part of the French culture in any sense. We need to either wake up now or face a lot of death and destruction down the road.

  • Luca

    Maybe if we use just exactly the right words, carefully crafted phrases and use
    terms that do not offend, maybe then they will stop the be-headings, the
    suicide bombings and mass slaughters. Yes, I am sure that is all it
    will take.

    • Albert

      What you just said would be pretty damn funny if it weren’t so close to the truth. PC idiocy knows no bounds.

    • HE2

      How about His Obola-ness teaching a master class to muzzie leaders on the art of polished taqiyya skills, bestowing his slick style of disingenuous, circumloquacious nonsensical double speak while looking so “cool” it matters not a jot what he may be actually saying.
      He has soooo much to offer to his MBs.

    • Whirlwinder

      You are kidding, right?

  • Caucasoid88

    But the crusaders were Catholic, the Westboro Baptists are Christian. You know, I really think radical Muslims should stop clinging to their Korans and AKs.

    • BloodofAlbion75

      “radical Muslims should really stop clinging to their Korans and AKs.”

      Exactly! That is the one (and only) group of people to whom Obama should have directed his infamous “bitter clingers” speech.If there is anyone that needs to stop clinging to their guns and religion,it is undeniably the Muslims.

  • BloodofAlbion75

    Regardless of how many times Obama and his awful administration try to deny the obvious,they will never succeed in changing the irrefutable fact that radical Islam IS synonymous with terrorism.

  • dd121

    In a way Obama’s right. It isn’t “radical Islam”, it’s just Islam. That’s what they do.

    • Albert

      We are still stuck with the misguided PC belief that all cultures are equal. The left cannot accept that radical Islam is a product of Islam itself. By that line of reasoning, they would have to accept that something is pretty %*@&#ed up about the culture of Islam.

  • bubo

    What is the purpose of lying to ourselves? It seems to be the favored pass time of the west.

  • Tarczan

    It’s not radical islam, it’s literal islam. It’s islam period. This so-called religion is a cult from the pit of hell.

    • Albert

      Agreed. The “radicals” aren’t doing anything that isn’t already advocated in the Koran.

  • FozzieT

    I agree that they shouldn’t use the term “Radical Islam.” That makes it sound like it is just some sort of an aberrational, perverted Islam. Which it is not.

    The “Radical” Islamists are the relatively few who speak out against the mainstream Islamists that support or participate in mass killings.

  • Albert

    They ought to. It’s a widely held Islamic belief that Islam will come to dominate the world. They believe its a promise and a mandate from God almighty. To act out the will of God (Allah) is to receive his blessings.

  • superlloyd

    These ignorant, pontificating liars have obviously never read the Koran or studied Islam’s bloody, psychotic past and present. The only people that will fall for this nonsense are wilfully deluded libtards and low IQ negroes.

  • Reverend Bacon

    I have to agree: I really don’t see the terrorists as “radical Islamists” either. I see them as “mainstream Islamists.” I think that the ones who don’t support Sharia law and Muslim hegemony are a small fraction of the 1.6B. I call them, “Social Muslims.” Which was intended to be like a “social drinker,” but its opposite is telling, also: “anti-social Muslims.”

  • Whirlwinder

    Earnest is correct. We should not blame radical Islalm for the recent attacks in France. We should blame ISLAM. Turkey’s leader Erdogan is with me on this one. He says there is no radical Islam nor is there a moderate Islam. There is just Islam. So get with it white house!