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CAIR to Media: 'Stop Using the Term Islamist'
by Ryan Mauro
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), identified by the U.S. government as an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, is suggesting a New Year's resolution for the media: Stop using the term "Islamist."
CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, who expressed his desire for "the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future" in 1993 and, again, in 2003, writes that the media shouldn't say "Islamist" anymore because it is "currently used in almost exclusively pejorative context."
Hooper argues that being an Islamist isn't necessarily a bad thing. He quotes from the Associated Press Stylebook that describes an Islamist as a "supporter of government in accord with the laws of Islam. Those who view the Quran as a political model encompass a wide range of Muslims, from mainstream politicians to militants known as jihadi."
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