NBC's Jim Cavanaugh: We Should Stop Calling Terrorists "Islamists," Obama Should Give "Directive" To Change Name

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NBC law enforcement expert Jim Cavanaugh says we should stop identifying terrorists and terrorist groups such as the Islamist State as Muslim.

"They are not the greater population of Muslims and that is something that we really don't take to heart in our comments. We call these the Islamic State. Why are we giving them that power? We shouldn't say that," Cavanaugh told Al Sharpton on the Friday broadcast of his MSNBC program.

Cavanaugh says this can be stopped with President Obama giving a "directive" that we don't identify these groups by their religion.

"[This] could be stopped with one directive from the president," Cavanaugh said. "This is what we're going to call them, you know, whatever they are, al Qaeda 2.0, but nothing like Islam."

Last month, speaking about the Sydney hostage situation, Cavanaugh said, "Islam is not calling to kill people at a cafe."

During the Ferguson protests in August the NBC law enforcement expert said, "police have to expect to be punched in the face."

JIM CAVANAUGH: Look, one big thing that glares out in this Paris attack on Charlie Hebdo is that terrorists are trying to get religious bona fides, religious trust that they are protecting Islam by striking out at people that insult the prophet. These guys are not religious people. None of these actors that are dead now, were raised as religious people. None of them were. They were not at all. If you looked in their backgrounds and read about their backgrounds. Yet they want to be seen that way. We can't let them do that. The world can't let these guys be seen that way.

The West needs to speak out. The Muslim world needs to speak out, and they do. We all need to speak out and isolate the terrorists. They are not the greater population of Muslims and that is something that we really don't take to heart in our comments. We call these the Islamic State. Why are we giving them that power? We shouldn't say that. And that could be stopped with one directive from the president -- this is what we're going to call them, you know, whatever they are, al Qaeda 2.0, but nothing like Islam.

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