The Obama administration is rejecting all Islamic terminology in programs designed to prevent young people from becoming radicalized and joining terror organizations, according to a new report from the Department of Homeland Security. Words like “far right” and “anti-government” are given as examples of terror.
The report calls for government agencies to use “American English” instead of religious, legal or cultural terms like “jihad”, “sharia”, “takfir” or “umma.”
Jihad is the Islamic concept of holy war that is the primary call to arms for Islamic terrorist groups around the world, including the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and the Muslim Brotherhood. Sharia law is the anti-democratic Islamic supremacist legal code that critics say has prevented U.S. Muslims from assimilating into American society. Takfir is the Arabic term for apostasy, and umma is the word used to describe the entire Muslim community.
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In avoiding all Islamic language and references to Islam, the report says it is rejecting an “us versus them” mentality.
“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.”
Government programs should also use the term “American Muslim” instead of “Muslim American.”
Instead, DHS is recommending spending $100 million to hire experts and use new social programs that can influence young people to not terror groups.
The DHS report recommends for “programming and message efforts” to use examples of former terrorists such as “far right, anti-government and other extremists groups.” It also mentions white supremacist, sovereign citizen and anarchist groups, and calls for focus on gender diversity of youth.
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kansas) a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, criticized the DHS language restrictions.
“The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Interim Report makes the dangerous recommendation that the Obama administration continue to deny the threat that radical Islamic terrorism poses,” Pompeo said.
“Jihadists are the ones who have made this fight ‘us vs. them’ with every violent terrorist attack—from bringing down the World Trade Center towers, killing American soldiers overseas, beheading journalists, or shooting Americans in Orlando,” he added. “DHS’s emphasis here on political correctness is absolutely dangerous and places America and our military at risk.”
In the Senate, Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said the administration’s failure to properly address radical Islam has made the country less safe.
“Over and over again, we have seen the Obama administration having ample information to stop a terrorist attack, and yet because of the political correctness, because of the ideology of this administration that won’t even say the word ’jihad,’ won’t even say the words ’radical Islamic terrorism,’ they look the other way and the attacks go forward,” Cruz said in a Senate floor speech Thursday.
The report was submitted by a subcommittee of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, which is headed by Farah Pandith, who was appointed by Jeh Johnson. Pandith is a Muslim who was previously hired and sworn in on a Koran by Hillary Clinton. Clinton hired her as a “special representative to Muslim communities.”
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