Gurski says one of the most important things about working with Muslim communities is avoiding the word “jihad.”
“Rather than using terminology that’s bound to offend — and we’re probably going to get wrong anyway — why don’t we use terminology that we can all agree on?”
Gurski says his former colleagues prefer terms like “al-Qaida-inspired radicalization” and “violent extremism.” He says government employees are motivated by logistics, not political correctness.
“You’re not mislabelling it; they’re calling it for what it is. You’re simply using terminology that’s not going to get you behind the 8-ball after the first few sentences when you get there.”...I dunno. "Al-Qaida-inspired radicalization" and "violent extremism" could also land you behind the 8-ball.
To be super-safe, I suggest the security wonks employ something with even less potential to offend--"expressions of hostility fueled by an unknown/unidentified source" or "violent acts committed by Muslims that are completely unrelated to Islam," say.
Also, I would ix-nay any mention of those 72 irgins-vay (along with any use of offensive Pig Latin).