Homeland Security pushes to ban the words 'sharia' and 'jihad' in new program to steer millennials away from ISIS
The Department of Homeland Security thinks censorship will help stop American millennials from becoming drawn to groups like ISIS.
DHS' Advisory Council has released a report, suggesting that we stop making the fight against radical Islam an 'us versus them' fight.
In order to do this, the department says it should 'reject religiously-charged terminology and problematic positioning by using plain meaning American English'.
That means doing away with Islamic terms like 'jihad' - which means holy war- and 'sharia law,' which are rules that govern ways of life in Muslim governments.
The department also says we should stop using the term 'Muslim Americans' and 'the Muslim world', and replace them with 'American Muslims' and 'Muslim communities'.
Homeland Security is leading an effort to address young Americans becoming radicalized online by groups such as ISIS and the al-Nusra Front.
The department is asking that $100million be used to fund the effort, which will go towards paying experts and creating social media programs and technology to steer millennials away from terrorist recruiters.
'The department's CVE efforts are an attempt to protect our nation's young people from extremists who prey upon the Millennial generation,' the report says.
'The department must reframe the conversation to reflect this reality and design a robust program around the protection of our youth, which must include predator awareness and an understanding of radicalization. In doing so, our citizens will be better equipped for this threat.'
DHS' report was released just days before a Muslim man killed 49 people in an Orlando, Florida gay club.
The FBI is still investigating what caused 29-year-old Omar Mateen to go on the rampage, but they are looking into whether he had become radicalized in his faith.
Mateen was born in the U.S. to parents from Afghanistan. He reportedly claimed in a 911 call during the stand-off that he was carrying out the shooting on behalf of ISIS.
In the aftermath of the shooting, President Obama was highly criticized for his failure to refer to Mateen as a 'radical Islamic terrorist'.
President Obama addressed these critiques directly on Tuesday, saying: 'Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away. … There’s no magic to the phrase of radical Islam. It’s a political talking point.'
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