Does it matter whether politicians use the phrase "radical Islam"? | The Tylt
Hillary Clinton made headlines yesterday when she told a CNN interviewer "whether you call it radical jihadism or radical Islamism, I'm happy to say either." Donald Trump had been accusing Clinton of being too politically correct to use the phrase to describe Sunday's horrific shooting in Orlando.
Does it matter whether or not politicians use the phrase "radical Islam" to describe certain acts of terror?
Conservatives have been accusing liberals of refusing to use the words "radical Islam" for years. They argue that radicalized Muslims are the greatest terrorist threat Americans face. Conservatives also argue that Muslim ideology encourages violence and is incompatible with Western values. They say the left is soft on terror, afraid to use the phrase "radical Islam" because of politically correct cowardice.
Liberals contend that linking Islam with terrorism paints all Muslims with a violent brush, encourages anti-Muslim prejudice, and further alienates would-be Muslim allies. They also argue that the Christian faith of non-Muslim terrorists such as Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh or abortion clinic shooters is rarely considered relevant. Surveys of 382 law enforcement agencies in the United States reveal that liberals consider anti-government, violent extremists — not radicalized Muslims — to be the most severe threat of political violence that they face.
President Obama in particular has come under fire with Republicans for not using the phrase "radical Islam" to describe acts of terror. Trump is currently saying the president should resign for not using the two words to describe Orlando. In 2015, Obama said that the U.S. should not grant terrorists the religious legitimacy they want. "They are not religious leaders.They’re terrorists.” Conservatives counter that we cannot fight an enemy that we refuse to name.
What do you think: #SayRadicalIslam or #DontSayRadicalIslam?
Does it matter whether politicians use the phrase "radical Islam"?
Ex-wife: He beat me regularly & wasn't religious.— TC (@tchop__StL) June 12, 2016
Parents: He wasn't religious & was extremely homophobic.
MSM: Must be radical Islam.
Orlando attack appears to be about radical Islam and guns. You don't have to choose, it can be both.— Fareed Zakaria (@FareedZakaria) June 12, 2016