DHS report before Orlando massacre: Don’t offend Muslims while combating extremism

Washington Times

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A report by the Homeland Security Advisory Council released days before the Islamic terror attack in Orlando, Florida, stressed the importance of combating extremism by avoiding terms that might offend Muslims.

A HSAC subcommittee first created by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson in 2015 published its report on June 9.

Some instructions found in the report include:

Officials should not use the word “jihad.” Officials should not use the word “sharia.” Officials should not use the word “takfir,” which is done when one Muslim accuses another of apostasy. Officials are instructed to “reject religiously-charged terminology and problematic positioning by using plain meaning American English.”

“We must speak with honor and respect about all communities within the United States,” the Daily Caller reported Tuesday. “We should give dignity to the many histories and diversities within our nation and advocate for a consistent whole of government approach that utilizes agreed terms and words. Tone and word choice matter.”

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One comment on “DHS report before Orlando massacre: Don’t offend Muslims while combating extremism
  1. The thought that “we must must speak with honor and respect about all communities within the United States”, offends me! The Muslims do not respect anyone other that Muslim. I have no respect, only deep concern about the large influx of undocumented, vetted people from the middle east into out country. Beware, if we are not vigilant we will find ourselves outnumbered,

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