CAIR Doesn’t Want People to Use the Word ‘Islamist’ Because ‘Islamophobia’

In an appearance with MSNBC on Monday, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper insisted that the use of the word “Islamist” to describe radical Muslim terrorists is offensive to Muslims.

Breitbart TV covered Hooper’s remarks. He stated:

If you find a plot where there’s some violence planned, of course stop that plot, but we’re also seeing a tremendous rise in Islamophobia, not only in Europe but in the United States. We’re, ourselves, we’re receiving [a] tremendous increase in hate messages and threats.

We’re seeing threats to mosques, we’re seeing hate rallies against ordinary Muslim conferences, like over the weekend in Texas. So we’re seeing [a] tremendous rise in the level of Islamophobia, and I would also caution us all on terminology. In the package preceding this segment, the reference was repeatedly made to “Islamists,” used as a pejorative.

And when you start using terms like that as a pejorative, I think it sends a very negative message. It sends a message that anyone involved with Islam in any way is somehow engaging in something they shouldn’t be engaging in. So, we have to examine the terminology and we have to, you know, get out of this downward spiral of hostility and mutual mistrust that these horrific incidents can lead to…

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  • Mickey Oberman

    Islamophobia – fear of Islam.
    Any sensible person would fear a mortal enemy but would not be paralysed by that fear. Instead would be aroused to take action against it.

    The correct word for western contempt for Islam is Islamodium.
    Odium – hatred and disgust.

    Try it. It fits. It sounds right. It is appropriate.

    • Frau Katze

      It doesn’t sound right to me. It sounds too much like “Immodium”. I’ve thought about this before but never come up with a good word.

      The prefix “mis-” doesn’t sound good either, because “Islam” starts with “is”. So it doesn’t make a good word either.

      “Islamodious” might work as an adjective though.

    • Frau Katze

      English is all screwed up. Most of its native (I.e., of Germanic origin) prefixes and suffixes have been lost. A few remain, “un-Islamic”, I’ve seen that.

      Instead we’ve been flooded with with Latin and Greek prefixes and suffixes, but none are quite right for “hate” (except “mis-“, which doesn’t cut it in this case).

    • Good idea, thanks.

  • Exile1981

    I’ve always liked the older term – Mohammidian rather than ISlamist

  • BillyHW

    How can I use a fake word that doesn’t mean anything? There is only Islam.

    • Frau Katze

      I’ve given up on Latin and Greek prefixes and suffixes here. None fit, or they don’t sound any good (the prefix mis- ). Why not return to the old style of simply putting words together (as they happily do in German)?

      Islamhate. Islamhater.

  • Minicapt

    Mohammedan- follower of Mohammed, the Perfect Example.
    Mohammedanism- the teachings and actions of Mohammed, who sets the the Perfect Example.

    By using ‘Mohammed’ as the root, one emphasises that Mohammed created his own religion (albeit through plagiarism) (if he existed), that “Allah” is his creation, and that attributions such as “Abrahamic-faith” or Judeo-Christian-Islamic or ‘ecumenical service’ are wrong. The Mohammedans think this is rude and blasphemous and unjustified, especially when referring to their beliefs concerning Christianity.


  • Given the vices of Islam, Islamophobia is a virtue to be encouraged.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The Religion of Asses in the Air.