AP adds 'more nuance' to definition of 'Islamist'; CAIR celebrates

On Tuesday, the Associated Press announced that “illegal immigrant” was a completely unacceptable term to describe … an illegal immigrant. But the language cops aren’t done yet. The AP has issued a new, “more nuanced” definition of “Islamist.”

The revision comes after The Council on American-Islamic Relations pressured the AP to help ensure that “Islamist” wasn’t used as “a pejorative shorthand for extremist Muslims or ‘Muslims we don’t like.’

“It might be an interesting exercise to hold a contest, the winner of which would be the first to find a positive mainstream media reference to ‘Islamist,” wrote CAIR’s Ibrahim Hooper earlier this year.

Here’s the new definition:

An advocate or supporter of a political movement that favors reordering government and society in accordance with laws prescribed by Islam. Do not use as a synonym for Islamic fighters, militants, extremists or radicals, who may or may not be Islamists. Where possible, be specific and use the name of militant affiliations: al-Qaida-linked, Hezbollah, Taliban, etc. Those who view the Quran as a political model encompass a wide range of Muslims, from mainstream politicians to militants known as jihadi.

What’s the word on proper usage of “right-wing extremist“?

Naturally, CAIR is thrilled with this victory.

“We believe this revision is a step in the right direction and will result in fewer negative generalizations in coverage of issues related to Islam and Muslims,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “The key issue with the term ‘Islamist’ is not its continued use; the issue is its use almost exclusively as an ill-defined pejorative.”

Next the group can push for a ban on the term “unindicted co-conspirator.”


Heh. The AP might have its journalists on board, but some Muslim leaders have other ideas about the word “Islamist.”


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  • Sakemoto

    First they outlawed “weback” and not their outlawing “Camelbacks.”

  • Anderson

    Yea. I’m just not that into Islamists who blow up buildings, fly planes into buildings, behead gays and stone women. Sue me.

  • gracepmc

    AP replaces Websters, OED, Roget’s or any thesaurus and independent thought.

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    No “Islamists”? Okay…..Islamofascists it is then. #AskAndYeShallReceive

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    Islamists are extremists. They push for Sharia Law, here in the states. Talk about ‘War On Women’.

  • https://twitter.com/tweetyuo Tangchung

    The insanity is never stops.

  • Stephen L. Hall

    Do I need to buy a AP to English dictionary or can I just assume that evil is good and good is evil?

    • Harlan Hikaru Fox

      AP Law #1 : If somebody wants to kill or confiscate property from white people or males, they’re good.

  • https://twitter.com/SmileyRoffle Smiley

    The AP mght want to take this up with the radicial feminists protesting Islamists, er, “Islamic extremists” right now. (http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/04/naked-femen-protesters-torch-islamic-flag-at-grand-mosque-in-paris-are-quickly-attacked-video/)

    By “radical feminists” I mean “unconventional woman supporters”, of course. Doubleplusgood!

  • http://theobservatorium.blogspot.com/ Nate

    Nuance, according to the dictionary: ‘A subtle or slight degree of difference, as in meaning, feeling, or tone; a gradation.’

    Nuance according to the Mainstream Media: complete redefinition of the word(s)

  • Nana Taylor

    “The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of IngSoc (English Socialism), but to make all other modes of thought impossible. It was intended that whenNewspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought — that is, a thought diverging from the principles of IngSoc — should be literally unthinkable, at least so far as thought is dependent on words. Its vocabulary was so constructed as to give exact and often very subtle expression to every meaning that a Party member could properly wish to express, while excluding all other meaning and also the possibility of arriving at them by indirect methods. This was done partly by the invention of new words, but chiefly by eliminating undesirable words and stripping such words as remained of unorthodox meanings…” 1984

    • gracepmc

      Exactly. Send a copy of 1984 to AP/

      • jebjr

        Send them a copy of a Thesaurus also. Islam, Islamic, Islamist, Terrorist, towel head, camel jockey…..different words with the same definition.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.white.16 Joseph A White

    Just call ’em “ragheads”……they’re all the same…and their goal is world dominance….by whatever name you call ’em. Rats & roaches make for better neighbors.

  • TomJB

    “New definition announced today for Islamist adds more nuance explaining members of the political movement.”

    Who needs nuance? How about reporters go for accuracy. I suggest tossing out “Islamist” and replace it with “Islamo-fascist”

  • Steve_J

    New definition of AP: Ass Wipe.

  • Jack Martin

    Next thing they will redefine it as radical right wing teaparty conservatives at the rate they are going.

  • BabyLeg6

    Thats fine with me, I’ll just keep on calling them terrorists.

    • Stephen L. Hall

      Islamist or AP writers?

  • http://www.facebook.com/tina.mix.9 Tina Mix

    I don’t give a rat’s ass WHAT the AP says. An illegal is an illegal. And an islamist is a terrorist.

  • disqus_zb7nwVm8q5

    The AP needs to find a new country USA does not need them!!!!!!!!



  • j p

    I don’t suppose “Christian fundamentalist” is up for clarification at this time. One who believes in the fundamental tenets of Christianity is not necessarily the equivalent of one who self interprets out of context passages of the bible literally and tries to use their interpretation to influence society. That would be like saying that a football coach drilling his team on the fundamentals of football must be a whack-job.

  • onejn416

    Is it a surprise? Islam is derived from the Arabic root “Salema”: peace, purity, submission and obedience. That is specific to their religion. They specifically believe they are in a state of “Jihad”, holy war until the last unbeliever on earth is either dead or converted. I would say it looks like the AP got converted.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    I fully support AP on this change. I stopped using the word “Democrat” years ago. I just say “turd” now.

  • Uli Madison

    An illegal immigrant is an illegal immigrant and islamist is an islamist! I WILL NOT BE TOLD WHAT OR HOW TO SAY ANYTHING!!!! And I WILL NOT CHANGE MY LANGUAGE FOR ANYONE!!!! I AM SOOOOO SICK OF —ALL THIS BULLSHIT—!!!! And yes islamists are mostly TERRORITS!!!!!!

  • grais

    Oh, I see…”islamist” = “male theocrat”
    Is the AP adding any nuance to the phrase “separation of church and state?”

  • capisce

    I wish they would release the PC dictionary all at once. I’d hate to make a gaffe at the next meeting of the Little Red Book club.

  • Rick Knoebel

    ap can take their political correctness and position it right up their asses!

  • Dwayne Jackson

    They can all stick their political correctness where the sun don’t shine.

  • Maxx

    Can’t wait to see what the AP calls a pregnant, transgender Islamist terrorist who is caught illegally crossing our border to seek an abortion and subsequent free contraception.

    I think their heads will explode.

    • Squirrel!

      Now THAT’S FUNNY!!

    • Hiraghm

      “mainstream American”.

  • EastValleyConservative

    It’s interesting. They still spell out that it’s a political religious movement, yet the morons on the left are still screaming separation of church and state only when it comes to Christianity—which does not seek to overthrow the government. (reorder=overthrow) Wake up or man up, whichever it is you need to do people on the left

  • J.N. Ashby

    For whom is this not allowed?

  • RightThinking1

    “New definition announced today…”
    Orwell would be astonished that this actually came about, or not.

    Edit Oops, I see Nana was ahead of me, and more thorough.

  • kim

    AP, How about you call them any wishy washy thing you’d like. We will continue to call them ‘illegals’ and ‘terrorists’ and roll our eyes everytime you open your gutless mouths

  • Lyle E Long

    From here on all illegal islamist immigrants will be called Barack Obama. That’s in my new stylebook

  • PChandler

    “Islamic fighters, militants, extremists or radicals… “–

    Aka Muslims.

  • Lisa Abbott

    That’s really frickin confusing – don’t like islamist? How about “terrorist”?

  • iconoclast

    Waiting for the AP to redefine Democrat, to dhimmi

  • Zach Peterson

    Apollumi.com: “disenfranchised cranial collectors”

  • PatriotRG

    Drug dealer = un licensed self employed chemical supplier
    Mugger = un licensed marxist commisar and wealth distributor
    Burglar = un licensed insurance security assessor

    The lefts change of the language augments their stupid arguments – its part of their moral relativism – there is no right , no wrong. Its how they are winning the gay marriage debate. They have made gay marriage a civil rights issue.

  • Paul Citro

    AP = Ass Peddlers who’s new is as biased as their definitions

  • Clayton Grant

    This just in from AP: Abortion will now be called “pregnancy adjustment”

  • Guest

    Most Muslims ARE NOT terrorists…
    Most terrorists ARE Muslims

  • $28473414

    “Islamist” is a silly term (“Christianist”?) that’s more confusing than explanatory. Better to just use “Muslim,” “Jihadist” or “Terrorist” since the actions of Muslims worldwide have made all three terms interchangeable and very explanatory. Thanks, Muslims!

  • PatriotRG

    AP dictionary under Pope read Imam, School read Madras , mugger read wealth distribution commissar, drug dealer read un licensed pharmacist, arsonist read un licensed exterior designer ,

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1616046361 Victoria Rhodes Moore

    You forgot Bible Thumping

  • Squirrel!

    Shorter: Bitter Clingers
    Proud to be a redneck, if that’s what I am. I happen to be a Bitter Clinging American from the South who would NEVER leave the South. This is where it’s at especially in this political climate.

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  • mike_in_kosovo

    Just what race *is* an Islamist, I wonder?

  • J. Cox

    I am guessing the 100 meter butterfly…but then again…what’s the one where libs chase each other with butterfly nets?

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Or an “immigrant.”

  • mike_in_kosovo

    “To Catch A Brain”?

    Oh, wait…you said ‘race’, not ‘TV show’…my bad!

  • mhojai

    Do you honestly presume THAT to be an rebuttal??!
    What passes for “logic” in your libtard universe is truly staggering.
    WHEN is the last time you heard of a “Christian stoning??” Every other “world religion” has joined the 21st century…islam remains the barbaric superstition from the power mad pedophile from 7th.
    Good choice for allegiances….idiot!

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Up through the ’80s, in my lifetime, IRA terrorists were the chief threat, and no-one seemed to have any problem with identifying young Irish Catholic men with bad attitudes as the problem. Same problem now, different vector. Why is this difficult for you to comprehend?

    Actually, a much narrower problem. The IRA operated mostly on an Ireland/Boston/New York airline route, authorities knew who to watch, and the government of Ireland itself was largely cooperative. Here, the potential terrorists may come from any number of countries around the world, and most of those governments have little or no interest in cooperating in their eradication, and a good number are active in assisting them.

  • Hiraghm

    I don’t think they’re going to blow me up; I think they’re going to try inserting their religion into American culture and law… or what you progressive idiots fear about Christianity.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Oooohhh. .. … so profound!

  • Hiraghm

    voice of experience, no doubt.

  • Hiraghm

    And one of those government’s is called The Obama Administration.