Can you take the Islam out of the Islamic State?
The Toronto Star tried to. A 1,009 word piece by the Star's national security reporter, Michelle Shephard, manages to talk about the recruitment efforts of ISIS without ever mentioning Muslims or Islam, except for one reference to "Islam" in the name of another terrorist organization.
This is significant, because it's part of an effort by the media and the left to pretend that Islamic terrorists are not, in fact, Islamic--even when the terrorists themselves proudly proclaim that they are.
Shephard even wrote about the "diversity" of ISIS recruits, charging that there is no "common Daesh profile."
Um...how about Muslim?
Now, use of the term "Daesh" to describe ISIS has been controversial in the past. Even though it's technically accurate, members of the caliphate have threatened to cut the tongue off of anyone who uses the word, because it's similar to a number of Arabic pejoratives. (In that case, Daesh, Daesh, Daesh!)
But for the Toronto Star, they use the term, by their own admission, to avoid saying "Islamic."
"That’s because the criminal gang that has murdered, raped and pillaged its way across the Middle East, while sending sycophants to slaughter civilians abroad, is neither Islamic nor an internationally recognized state," a previous article in the Star said.