CNS News reported today that the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights group, says President Bush should stick to politically correct terminology when he refers to Islam in his State of the Union address.
Last October, in a speech to the National Endowment for Democracy, President Bush identified and described the "evil" ideology behind terrorism. From his speech on October 6, 2006:
Some call this evil Islamic radicalism; others, militant Jihadism; still others, Islamo-fascism. Whatever it’s called, this ideology is very different from the religion of Islam. This form of radicalism exploits Islam to serve a violent, political vision: the establishment, by terrorism and subversion and insurgency, of a totalitarian empire that denies all political and religious freedom. These extremists distort the idea of jihad into a call for terrorist murder against Christians and Jews and Hindus — and also against Muslims from other traditions, who they regard as heretics.
Many militants are part of global, borderless terrorist organizations like al Qaeda, which spreads propaganda, and provides financing and technical assistance to local extremists, and conducts dramatic and brutal operations like September the 11th. Other militants are found in regional groups, often associated with al Qaeda — paramilitary insurgencies and separatist movements in places like Somalia, and the Philippines, and Pakistan, and Chechnya, and Kashmir, and Algeria. Still others spring up in local cells, inspired by Islamic radicalism, but not centrally directed. Islamic radicalism is more like a loose network with many branches than an army under a single command. Yet these operatives, fighting on scattered battlefields, share a similar ideology and vision for our world.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, is a Muslim civil rights group that is the equivalent of the ACLU which was originally organized by the communists. Both groups defend the "rights" of individuals who have been regarded as terrorists.
So we will see how President Bush responds to CAIR’s request tonight at his State Of The Union speech