AP Removes “Homophobia” and “Islamophobia” from Style Book

by 1389 on May 1, 2013

in "Islamophobia", 1389 (blog admin), same-sex 'marriage' / LGBT agenda

This is a step in the right direction.

We must never allow our enemies to define our language.

The Muslim Brotherhood invented the term “Islamophobia” as a propaganda ploy. Similarly, psychologist and gay activist George Weinberg is “credited” (or more accurately, blamed) for coining the term “homophobia.” Such terms falsely imply that anyone who opposes the jihadi agenda or the gay activist agenda is suffering from a mental disease and therefore is not to be taken seriously.

First Things has the story:

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 9:02 AM
Matthew Schmitz | @matthewschmitz

The Associated Press has removed “homophobia,” among other terms, from its style guide. Dylan Byers reports:

The online Style Book now says that “-phobia,” “an irrational, uncontrollable fear, often a form of mental illness” should not be used “in political or social contexts,” including “homophobia” and “Islamophobia.”

AP Deputy Standards Editor Dave Minthorn explains the move:

“Homophobia especially — it’s just off the mark. It’s ascribing a mental disability to someone, and suggests a knowledge that we don’t have. It seems inaccurate. Instead, we would use something more neutral: anti-gay, or some such, if we had reason to believe that was the case.”

“We want to be precise and accurate and neutral in our phrasing,” he said.

[…]
The changes have already been made to the AP’s online stylebook and are slated to appear in the printed edition next year.
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