The Human Rights Campaign has an article about the “barbarous” acts of violence being committed against LGBT people by the “Islamic State” in the territory it has seized — temporarily — in Iraq and Syria.
I don’t think it comes as a surprise to anyone, does it? We all know that the terrorist lowlifes who make up that band of psychopathic thugs kill anyone who doesn’t share their twisted belief system — and that many of them are mercenaries or are committing atrocities for the sadistic sense of empowerment it gives them. They have nothing to do with Islam.
But it is sad to see the media — including HRC — legitimizing the terrorists in Iraq and Syria as “a state” — i.e. “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” or “ISIS” or “IS” for “Islamic State.”
This band of mentally-deranged brutes is not a state, of course. As one reader of the HRC article points out in the comments section below:
ISIS is not Islamic or a state. They also kill Christians, Muslims, children, Yezidis, and just about anyone who doesn’t like them. — a (Bi) Child of God
Of course, the media need a short name for the terrorist organization to use in headlines and articles. But by using “IS” and “ISIS,” they are inadvertently validating the shared delusion of a small number of religious fanatics at the core of the terrorist organization — the ones who are not doing it for pay or for the sadistic, perverse joy of killing — and legitimizing their warped mission.
True, it’s hard to know what to call the terrorists. Referring to them as “cockroaches” would be an insult to cockroaches, which do not commit such heinous acts of depravity. “Maggots” might be a better term, but then again, maggots serve a useful purpose while the terrorists serve no useful purpose.
There are really no short headline-type words in the English language — or any other language, no doubt — that would adequately describe the terrorists.
Still, it is the duty of journalists to find words that not only fit short spaces, but accurately describe individuals and situations. Referring to those barbarous killers as a state is simply inaccurate, objectively and journalistically speaking.
Meanwhile, the HRC report is not telling LGBT people what they didn’t already know. But the publication does remind readers that the terrorists are being recruited from more than 75 countries, including the United States.
In other words, they are emerging from cesspools around the world, and gathering in a place where they can be more easily eradicated — en masse.
Perhaps that’s why the West is taking its time with the operation . . . biding its time as more cesspool scumbags make their way to Iraq and Syria . . . but we digress.
The purpose of this post is to set a style for how we report on the terrorist organization. We will not give them the satisfaction of being called “a state.”