CAIR Lectures Media About Accurately Quoting Jihadists


On Monday, after Kabul fell, Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem said that it was “a great day for the Afghan people and the mujahideen. They have witnessed the fruits of their efforts and their sacrifices for 20 years. Thanks to God, the war is over in the country.” The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is going to have to give him a good talking-to. In a news release issued Monday, CAIR advised politicians and journalists “Not to Engage in Anti-Muslim Tropes or ‘Misuse’ Islamic Terms When Commenting on Afghanistan.” Among those supposedly misused terms? “Jihad.” A mujahidin is someone who wages jihad, so Naeem’s politically incorrect reference should draw a strong rebuke from CAIR. But its release offers no judgment about the Taliban’s nomenclature, let alone its resurgence. It contained no expression of concern for the grim future facing Afghans who either don’t conform to the Taliban’s rigid rule or are perceived as enemies.

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