The Politically-Correct contortionist award goes to the British government for its Orwellian scheme of relabling Islamic terrorism “anti-Islamic activity.” Let’s let Canadian hate-speech defendant Mark Steyn tell about it:
My favorite headline of the year so far comes from The Daily Mail in Britain: “Government Renames Islamic Terrorism As ‘Anti-Islamic Activity’ To Woo Muslims.”
Her Majesty’s government is not alone in feeling it’s not always helpful to link Islam and the, ah, various unpleasantnesses with suicide bombers and whatnot. Even in his cowboy Crusader heyday, President Bush liked to cool down the crowd with a lot of religion-of-peace stuff. But the British have now decided that kind of mealy-mouthed “respect” is no longer sufficient. So, henceforth, any terrorism perpetrated by persons of an Islamic persuasion will be designated “anti-Islamic activity” Britain’s home secretary, Jacqui Smith, unveiled the new brand name in a speech a few days ago. “There is nothing Islamic about the wish to terrorize, nothing Islamic about plotting murder, pain and grief,” she told her audience. “Indeed, if anything, these actions are anti-Islamic.”
Steyn observes that during the Blitz no one called the Luftwaffe airstrikes “anti-German activity.” So will England label the surge in Iraq “pro-Islamic activity” or “anti-American activity”?