For the last eight years, Americans have watched President Barack Obama attempt to separate Islamic terrorism from the Islamic faith. Despite the rise of ISIS and an unending series of domestic and international attacks, Obama’s war on terror has taken a backseat to his war on Islamophobia. And it’s not limited to his own rhetorical stylings; rules restricting the use of Islamic terms in relation to terrorism are filtering throughout the entire federal government. Political correctness – not national security – has become this administration’s top priority.
A conservative group now wants to know why. The American Center for Law and Justice has filed a Freedom of Information Act with the Department of Homeland Security, demanding the records that show who made the decision to purge “offensive” terms from the federal law enforcement lexicon.
From the ACLJ announcement:
It became clear that a FOIA request was necessary when, on June 28, 2016, a Senate Judiciary subcommittee held a hearing entitled “Willful Blindness: Consequences of Agency Efforts to Deemphasize Radical Islam in Combating Terrorism.”
According to one of the panelists at the hearing representing Muslim Advocates:
“Far too many of our nation’s public officials and political leaders engage in hateful and blatantly bigoted anti-Muslim rhetoric. Public officials must understand that such rhetoric carries grave consequences for American Muslims and those who are perceived to be Muslim in the U.S.”
The Muslim Advocates President went on to recommend a full audit of government training materials, the removal of any terms or biases that might be offensive to religious and ethnic demographics, and “mandatory retraining” for any officers who had been subjected to the offending material.
The ACLJ isn’t just concerned about this proposal, though; they believe that the Obama administration is already purging law enforcement documents of “Islamophobic” terms.
“The Obama administration’s word-war has to stop,” said the group. “Fight the enemy, not allegedly offensive terms identified by some special interest groups. The willful blindness is baffling and the consequences are staggering. An ill-advised sensitivity simply cannot trump our national security.”
The Obama defense, of course, is that all of this political correctness is being endorsed on behalf of our national security. He and his fellow Democrats insist that we will only drive up the Islamic State’s recruiting numbers if we keep using terms like “radical Islam” and “jihad.” It’s funny how this religion of peace has so many young men standing by, just waiting to be offended by some American politician so that he can sign up for ISIS.
But of course, that’s not really the case, and Obama’s desire to protect Islam has nothing to do with our security. Perhaps this FOIA filing will give us an inside glimpse at the official thought process behind these terminology purges, but Obama’s probably careful to keep a tight lid on his true intentions. His favor towards Islam may be exposed at some point by an administration turncoat, but not through federal documents.
Still, one day the story will be told, and we’ll find out for sure what so many have suspected all along. Or, we’ll learn that Obama was driven by incompetence and naiveté, not radical beliefs. Either way, the effects have been the same.