The group styling itself as the Islamic State, ISIS or ISIL or IS, depending on who's talking, is no joke. These brutal, cowardly murderers behead and crucify innocents, terrorize villages and commit unspeakable atrocities.
The terrorists may want their own state, or caliphate, in the Middle East. But they don't have it. They won't have it. So let's stop calling them the Islamic State.
Calling the terrorists the Islamic State gives subtle credence to their unattainable, murderous goal, as if achieving a state under these devils is a possibility.
Using Islamic State also reinforces the awful notion that the terrorists are somehow representative of Islam. They are not. Nothing they do is in concert with Muslim principles.
Many people in the Middle East already ditched the name ISIS, instead referring to the group as Daesh, a name the terrorists reportedly abhor. France decided to follow suit.
"This is a terrorist group and not a state. I do not recommend using the term Islamic State because it blurs the lines between Islam, Muslims and Islamists," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said recently. "The Arabs call it 'Daesh' and I will be calling them the 'Daesh cutthroats.'"
Daesh is a loose acronym for the Arabic translation of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. As an added bonus, the terrorists hate the Daesh, France 24 reports. It's considering insulting and brings up imagery of war, discord and chaos.
All things the terrorists are responsible for. We should all adopt Daesh to remind them we know there's nothing Muslim and nothing legitimate about their evil ways.