Islamist, not Islamic.

Ceefax is a bit of a poor relation nowadays. Even so they ought not to let this through: yesterday’s page 120, headed “Algeria’s leader wins landslide” said,

Mr Bouteflika is credited with taming an Islamic insurgency which has claimed some 100,000 lives in two years.

No dout the insurgents themselves claim to be the true representatives of Islam. But there is no reason for the BBC to underwrite this claim. Their bitter opponents in the Algerian government are also overwhelmingly Muslim. Millions of other Muslims from other countries would also object to the description of the insurgents as simply “Islamic”, just as I would object if the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda were described as simply “Christian.”

Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.