London, Jan 18: Britain has adopted a new name for Islamic terrorism-- "Anti-Islamic activity"
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said extremists were behaving contrary to their faith, rather than acting in the name of Islam. In her first major speech on radicalisation, Miss Smith repeatedly used the phrase ''anti-Islamic".
In one passage she said, ''As so many Muslims in the UK and across the world have pointed out, there is nothing Islamic about the wish to terrorise, nothing Islamic about plotting murder, pain and grief.
''Indeed, if anything, these actions are anti-Islamic,'' she added. Her words were chosen to reflect the new Government strategy, the Daily Mail reported.
The move follows a decision taken last year to stop using the phrase ''war on terror'', first adopted by US President W Bush.
The Home Office stressed that no phrases have been ''banned'', but senior Whitehall sources made it clear that the phrases ''war on terror'' and ''Islamic extremism'' will not be used again by people at the top of the Government or those involved in counterterrorism strategy.