Orwell Alert from the UK: War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength, and Islamic Terrorism Is Anti-Islamic. Violent actions committed by believing Muslims, who justify those actions by reference to Islamic texts and teachings, will now be called “anti-Islamic activity.”
Ms. Smith, your statement that “there is nothing Islamic about the wish to terrorise, nothing Islamic about plotting murder, pain and grief” certainly expresses a mainstream view. I have just a few questions. How do you propose to counter the recruitment among peaceful Muslims that is being conducted by these “anti-Islamic” Muslims, who quote the Qur’an, Sunnah, and Islamic law to portray their “anti-Islamic” behavior as not only Islamic, but the only true Islamic position? Wouldn’t combating that call for a searching and honest examination of the actual contents of those texts? Aren’t you making that examination a bit more difficult to do by pretending that it need not be done, and that the strife is already o’er, the battle done, and the “moderates” have beaten back the ideological challenge of the “extremists”? How can sincere Islamic reformers prevail when you act as if there is nothing in Islam that needs reforming?
By James Slack in the Daily Mail (thanks to all who sent this in):
Terrorism by Muslim fanatics was yesterday re-named “anti-Islamic activity” by Jacqui Smith.
The Home Secretary said that – rather than acting in the name of Islam – they were behaving contrary to their faith.
Her words were chosen carefully to reflect new Government strategy on the language used to describe fanatics.
Security officials believe that directly linking terrorism to Islam is inflammatory, and risks alienating mainstream Muslim opinion.
In her first major speech on radicalisation, Miss Smith repeatedly used the phrase “anti-Islamic”.
One passage said: “As so many Muslims in the UK and across the world have pointed out, there is nothing Islamic about the wish to terrorise, nothing Islamic about plotting murder, pain and grief. Indeed, if anything, these actions are anti-Islamic”.
Another referred to enlisting the Muslim community against “anti-Islamic activity”.
It follows a decision taken last year to stop using the phrase ‘war on terror’, first adopted by US President Bush.
Officials were concerned it could act as a recruiting tool for Al Qaeda, which is determined to manufacture a battle between the values of Islam and the West.
The strategy emerging across Government is to portray terrorists as nothing more than cold-blooded murderers who are not fighting for any religious cause.
Al Qaeda-inspired terrorism is instead being described by key figures as “more like a death cult”.