When it comes to terrorists, English lacks needed purity

One wonders what ever happened to using the English language honestly. Consider reports of atrocities committed by groups such as ISIS, al-Qaida and Boko Haram. Often, news stories describe them as “extremists” or “militants.”

It happened again recently, after at least 235 moderate Muslims were slaughtered at a mosque in Egypt. Various words can be used to describe those responsible for such actions. They are murderers, killers, butchers — and terrorists.

Calling them “extremists,” for whatever reason, is simply wrong.

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