So, what’s in a name?
Quite a bit these days, if your name happens to be Isis.
That’s what a Miami woman has learned this summer, since her name, which originally belonged to the ancient Egyptian goddess of the sky, has become an acronym synonymous in the public mind with a band of raping, murdering, thieving, beheading terrorists rampaging across the Syrian-Iraq landscape.
And she’s not happy about it. Would you be?
Isis Theresa Martinez, 38, told Fusion.net she was named after her mother, who was named after that Egyptian deity by her grandfather back in 1954 Cuba — long before would become one of the most feared names in the alphabet soup of terror groups running wild in the world.
Martinez has been dealing with it ever since President Obama’s least-favorite “jayvee” squad made it into the terrorist big time with large offensives in western Iraq this summer, accompanied by looting, forced conversions of non-Muslims and the capturing and sale of women into sexual slavery.
The Internet beheadings of two American journalists just made things worse.
And without getting into the reason the group is known by different names, and is referred to differently by different news organizations, ISIS seems to be the one most non-journalists and non-politicians use.
It flows off the tongue easily, and it’s easy to remember.
Martinez hates it — not her name, just the association.
She especially hated it when an emergency room nurse noticed it when Martinez was making a hospital visit and asked if Martinez had a middle name. When Martinez said she did, the nurse suggested Martinez us it instead.
“That lit a fire under me and motivated me to do something,” Martinez told Fusion.
What she did was make a video and post it on YouTube. Then she started a petition to get media organizations to stop using the acronym. (It’s not getting very far – about 300 signatures from others named “Isis” or their relatives.)
But Martinez isn’t giving up – or thinking of starting to use her middle name instead.
“People don’t know me as Teresa, they know me as Isis,” she said. “If I do that, then the terrorists win.”
Check out her video here, via YouTube.
And if you or someone you know happens to be named “Isil” (not likely) or even “Islamic State” (even less so), you know what to do.
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