After every Islamic terror attack there’s a debate in the media that always follows the same script. A liberal will argue that the attack truly didn’t have anything to do with Islam, or at the very least, doesn’t represent the actions of all Muslims. The latter is a bizarre defense to make, because I’ve never heard a single conservative argue that the actions of Islamic extremists represent all Muslims.
In fact, that’s why we use the phrase “Islamic extremism” to differentiate them from moderate Muslims – but that’s a phrase even our President won’t use. The man denies that a group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is Islamic, for crying out loud.
Now, it seems that even some Muslims want to remove the phrase “Islamic extremism” from their vernacular. Do they want us to just call them “Muslims” instead of “Islamic extremists”?
A group of Muslims in the New York town of Owego are upset by a new 9/11 memorial honoring those who died at the hand of Islamic terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.
Members of the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier took issue with the fact that the memorial refers to the attackers as “Islamic terrorists” — a phrase they believe encourages hatred toward Muslims. Instead, the group asked that the monument say either “terrorists” or “al-Qaeda terrorists.”
But the request is not being met with positive responses from city officials.
“They want us to change the word from ‘Islamic Terrorist’ to either ‘terrorist’ or ‘Al Qaeda terrorist,’” City Manager Donald Castelluci told Fox News columnist Todd Starnes. “I sent them back an email saying I disagreed with their premise 100 percent.”
The city manager added that he has no intention to change the inscription on the memorial, telling WICZ-TV that he doesn’t live in a “politically-correct world,” but rather lives in a “historical fact world … Whether it’s American, homegrown, Christianity, Islamic, you call it what it is. And we don’t whitewash things, especially here.”
The full inscription on the memorial reads:
On September 11, 2001 nineteen Islamic terrorists unsuspectedly boarded four airliners departing east coast airports to hijack the planes and carry out a series of coordinated attacks against the United States. This is a tribute to all the lives lost that day and to the heroic sacrifice of all who rushed to help. As Americans, we honor their memory by living our lives in freedom. We will never forget.
What is their problem with calling extremists “extremists”?
H/T The Blaze
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