May 28, 2009
I keep hearing this term on new reports and it’s now starting to enter normal conversation. Yesterday I was listening to Jazz-FM in Toronto and the story was about a bombing in Islamabad in Pakistan. Obviously, the majority of people in Pakistan are Muslim, so it is an irrelevant point that the bombers are Muslim. The majority of people in Italy are Catholic – so if a violent act happened in Italy by a few people who happened to be Catholic, should we call the perpetrators “Catholic Terrorists”?
I think it’s important to use words appropriately especially when they have the potential to marginalize a group of people – who, like any group, contain good and bad examples of people. As terms like “Islamic Terrorists” become more prevalent and are used carelessly, the subconscious tendency is to equate the two words into one meaning.