"...U.S. officials are being advised in internal government documents to avoid referring publicly to al Qaeda and other terrorist groups as Islamic or Muslim, and not to use terms like jihad or mujahedeen, which "unintentionally legitimize" terrorism.
"There' s a growing consensus [in the Bush administration] that we need to move away from that language," said a former senior administration official who was involved until recently in policy debates on the issue.
Instead, in two documents circulated last month by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the multiagency center charged with strategic coordination of the U.S. war on terror, officials are urged to use terms such as violent extremists, totalitarian and death cult to characterize al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.
"Avoid labeling everything 'Muslim.' It reinforces the 'U.S. vs. Islam' framework that al Qaeda promotes," according to "Words that Work and Words that Don't: A Guide for Counter-Terrorism Communication," produced last month by the center.
"You have a large percentage of the world' s population that subscribes to this religion," the former official said. "Unintentionally alienating them is not a judicious move." (source)
...So, I assume that we won't be mentioning again that the compound raided in Texas was a fundamentalist form of Mormonism, and we should disassociate pedophile priests with Catholicism. We'll never mention again that most KKK members claim to be Christian and since so many people live in Germany we should stop talking about the Holocaust.
"Avoid labeling everything 'Muslim.' It reinforces the 'U.S. vs. Islam' framework that al Qaeda promotes."
Here's my question...why are we constantly catering to stupidity? If Muslims aren't smart enough to know that we are at war with people strapped with bombs and not the entire religion, why does that mean we have to dumb down?
Well, here's my very mature response to the Bush Administration:
al Qaeda, Muslim, Islam, terror, suicide bomber, Islam, burqa, terrorist, Muslim, 9/11, Islam, terror, Muslim, terror...