BBC May Stop Using ‘Islamic State’ Since It Offends Muslims, or Something

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 at 8:04 am
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These vicious savages call themselves the Islamic State, so what’s a politically correct broadcaster to do? Why, call them something else so nobody is offended. You see, a name is worse that a campaign of headchoppings, burning people alive and drowning them on video.

The BBC is reviewing its use of the phrase ‘Islamic State’ after more than 100 MPs backed David Cameron’s call for it to change the way it describes the terror group.

The Prime Minister took the Corporation to task yesterday, warning Muslims would ‘recoil’ at the phrase being used to justify the ‘perversion of a great religion’.

Senior MPs including Boris Johnson, Keith Vaz and Alex Salmond have written to Director General Lord Hall calling for the BBC to refer to the group as Daesh instead.

The debate over the name of the terror group dominant in Iraq and Syria but active around the world has been reignited by the killing of 38 tourists, including 30 Britons, on a beach in Tunisia on Friday.

The extremists are variously known as Islamic State, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Daesh, based the Arabic acronym for the group.

Critics warn that referring to ‘Islamic State’ legitimises the group’s attempt to carve out parts of Iraq and Syria.

Mr Cameron, who uses ISIL, said in an interview on Radio 4 yesterday: ‘I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State because it’s not an Islamic State; what it is – an appalling, barbarous regime,’ Mr Cameron said.

‘It is a perversion of the religion of Islam and many Muslims listening to this programme will recoil every time they hear the words ‘Islamic State’.

‘So-called’ or Isil is better,’ he added.

What we really need to know is how the Islamic State feels about gay marriage, which is far more important than any terror threats facing the world.

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6 Responses to “BBC May Stop Using ‘Islamic State’ Since It Offends Muslims, or Something”

  1. Steve Skubinna on 30/30/15 at 10:02 am

    So the fact that guys who are actual Muslims and call their organization Islamic right in the name are being marginalized and ignored by a bunch of white people, right? Doesn’t that look just a teeny weeny bit… racist?

    Just want to get that clear. Incidentally, how did Mr, Cameron get to be the Muslim Pope? How did the awesome responsibility for judging what is and is not Islamic come to rest upon his shoulders? Years of study, I can only assume.

  2. John Skookum on 30/30/15 at 10:17 am

    “Daesh” is actually a good idea. It’s widely used in the Arab world. It sounds very much like another Arabic word that means “monstrous”. ISIS hates the word and has executed people for using it. Evryone should use it as a deliberate insult to them.

  3. red speck on 30/30/15 at 11:45 am

    I have the foggiest of memories of some old British guy once saying to never, ever surrender. Wonder what ever happened to him.

  4. Hank on 30/30/15 at 12:14 pm

    You can’t call them Daesh because that offends ISIS, and you don’t wanna piss off those guys, they’ll cut your head off.

  5. Jeff on 30/30/15 at 3:17 pm

    NPR uses the term of art “the self-described Islamic State” every time they mention them on the air. Every time.

  6. Axeman on 30/30/15 at 8:38 pm

    “So the fact that guys who are actual Muslims and call their organization Islamic right in the name are being marginalized and ignored by a bunch of white people, right? Doesn’t that look just a teeny weeny bit… racist?”

    I don’t think that speaks to their dignity to define their own identity, like Justice Kennedy said.