AP Stylebook

The fact of the matter is the Associated Press has a stylebook. Everybody who aspires to be a journalist has to go by this stylebook. In other words, they have to comport to the politically correct library of the ruling elite or you cannot be published. This is how the first amended evaporates – word by word. Yesterday the one was you could not say was illegal immigrant which itself was a ridiculous euphemism for illegal alien, which is how the law was written. Alien is somebody who is not a citizen United States. An illegal alien is somebody who is not a citizen United States and is here illegally. Illegal immigrant was used for a while which tried to distinguish between legal and illegal. But you can’t say that anymore. Moreover, they have not come up with what you can say. Maybe “undocumented democrat.” It leads to speculation as to what can be said, “This is an authorized and undocumented visitors/worker to the United States soon to receive amnesty. “

Now just days after the whole furor over the term illegal immigrant they are revising another politically charged term. The Associated Press is revising the term “Islamist.” It should not be used as “a synonym for Islamic fighters, militants, extremists, or radicals” What else should you say? The AP added this term to its stylebook in 2012. Here is what they said in 2012, Islamist is “a supporter of government in accord with the laws of Islam. Those of view the Koran as a political model encompass a wide range of Muslims from mainstream politicians to militants known as Jihadists.” Now the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) sometimes labeled as Islamist ( and they certainly are) had lobbied to drop the term. CAIR said it “had become shorthand for Muslims we don’t like and is currently used in an almost exclusively pejorative context.” So now, here is the definition: “Islamist is an advocate or supporter of a political movement that favors reordering government and society in accordance with laws prescribed by Islam. Do not you as a synonym for Islamic fighters, militants, extremists or radicals who may or may not be Islamist. Where possible be specific and use the name of militant affiliation such as Al Qaeda linked, Hezbollah, Taliban, etc.” In other words we are being strangled in our ability to use our language to describe what is obvious, in common sense terms, what is going on. Our enemies know that if they capture the vocabulary they have won the argument.

Islamists to me is someone who wants to impose on non-Islamic societies as well as their own the rule of the Koran, sharia law. You can see the application of the sharia law in countries like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and others when they blame the rape victim and punish her for being raped, when they allow honor killing of women who look at another man , when they can’t even drive or vote or walk anywhere without an escort.

We need to wake up to the fact that sharia law in Islamist represent a culture and a civilization that is not comport with the Reformation, the Enlightenment and the Age of Reason which the West has gone through.   In other words, they are still backward.


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