Diana West

Irhab is the Arabic word for terrorism. According to Memri's report from the newspaper Al-Zaman, Irhab is now the Arabic Ashley and Jason rolled into one because of the "interpretation given by Osama bin Laden to a verse in the Koran: '... and you shall terrorize the enemies of Allah.'"

That begs the question: If your parents name you "Terrorism," do they want you to grow up and hijack Islam? And, if so, will the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) demand an apology?

Famed broadcaster Paul Harvey most recently discovered that attributing to Islam anything the CAIR-correctors deem un-Islamic is an outrage and requires an apology. Reporting on the bloody and debasing sport of cockfighting in Iraq, Harvey explained on his radio program, that Iraqis who have not "had human rights for generations, cannot understand why in the world Americans make such a fuss over the animals. ... Add to the (Iraqis') thirst for blood a religion which encourages killing, and it is entirely understandable if Americans came to this party unprepared."

Never mind whether cockfighting is a reality in Iraq, and never mind whether killing is inspired and condoned by countless Islamic authorities, including the Koran. Because, in the words of CAIR's Ibrahim Hooper, Harvey "falsely attributes to Islam two things that are specifically prohibited by our faith, murder and cruelty to animals," the broadcaster was asked to recant, to surrender his freedom of speech and deny his powers of observation.

And recant he did -- or, rather, he let his stand-in, Doug Limerick, do so for him. Reporting on "several letters" Harvey received "from dear friends in the American Muslim community who expressed their disgust with those who have hijacked their religion to achieve their goal through violence," Limerick said, "they reminded all of us that Islam is a religion of peace, that terrorists do not represent Islam."

What a relief. Otherwise, this would be the biggest outrage of all.


Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).