Ministers have adopted a new language for declarations on Islamic terrorism.In future, fanatics will be referred to as pursuing "anti-Islamic activity".The shift follows a decision taken last year to stop using the phrase "war on terror", first adopted by U. The strategy emerging across Government is to portray terrorists as nothing more than cold-blooded murderers who are not fighting for any religious cause.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said that extremists were behaving contrary to their faith, rather than acting in the name of Islam.
Security officials believe that directly linking terrorism to Islam is inflammatory, and risks alienating mainstream Muslim opinion. In her first major speech on radicalisation, Miss Smith repeatedly used the phrase "anti-Islamic".
Sir Ken Macdonald, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has also said phrases which liken London to a " battlefield" will no longer be used.
But the move led to accusations of "hand-wringing".
Conservative MP Philip Davies said no Muslim constituent had ever complained to him about the use of the term "Islamic extremism".
The Shipley MP added: "Whenever anyone refers to Islamic terrorism, they are not saying all Muslims are terrorists.), are part of a branch of Islam, Alawi Islam, centered in Syria, who follow the Twelver school of Shia Islam but with syncretistic elements.Alawites revere Ali (Ali ibn Abi Talib), and the name "Alawi" means followers of Ali (they are generally considered Ghulat)."Everybody knows what people mean is terrorists doing it in the name of Islam, misguidedly."If the Government spent less time worrying about this, and more time worrying about things such as having effective border controls, we would be getting somewhere." In her speech, Miss Smith said extremists who use the internet to radicalise young children would be pursued in the same way as paedophiles.Those guilty of grooming youngsters for terrorism could face prosecution under incitement laws.