Following the Orlando nightclub shooting, Donald Trump dared President Obama to call the attack an act of radical Islamic terrorism. To the surprise of no one, the president never uttered the words ‘Islamic’ or ‘radical,’ and instead referred to it as “an act of terror and an act of hate.” Which has to make you wonder, will Obama’s politically correct rhetoric trickle down throughout the rest of the federal government?
It certainly has in the U.S Department of Homeland Security. The DHS recently issued a report suggesting that the terms ‘sharia’ and ‘jihad’ should be avoided. Specifically, the words should be stricken from “Countering Violent Extremism” programs (which itself is a politically correct term) in an effort to eliminate an “us vs them” mentality. These CVE programs are aimed at protecting “our nation’s young people from extremists who prey upon the Millennial generation.” Other words that will be avoided include ‘takfir’ and ‘umma.’
Of course, neither Obama nor the DHS will admit that this is political correctness, even though that’s clearly what it is. No explanation is given for how avoiding these words will help prevent violent extremism from reaching young people, Islamic or otherwise.
If anything, this PC lingo will only help extremism. If descriptive words are stricken from our lexicon, then we can’t describe what is in front of us. And when you can’t identify something as extreme or violent, then it is indistinguishable from that which is moderate and peaceful. How do you fight a threat that you can’t even describe?
And that right there, is the absurdity of political correctness in a nutshell.
by Joshua Krause