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President Obama and Hillary Clinton aren’t the only ones having trouble identifying the religion of certain Middle Eastern descended terrorists.

At least one Muslim group wants the words “Islamic terrorists” entirely scrubbed from a new Owego, NY 9-11 memorial created to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the attack.

The Islamic Organization of Southern Tier, a New York state based Muslim activist group, told KTRK-TV that the words unfairly paint all Muslims with the same brush. Believing the “inflammatory” language could lead to anti-Muslim violence, the group would like the word “Islamic” scrubbed entirely, or even replaced with the words “Al Qaeda” to describe the attackers.

Because if the word Islamic is left off that monument, maybe people won’t know the attackers were Muslim. I mean, they could just as easily have been Jewish, or Christian, or Buddhist. After all, everyone knows Buddhists are just as statistically likely as Muslims to commit devastating acts of terrorism on Israeli and Western targets, right?

So far, to his credit, Owego town supervisor Donald Castellucci is standing his ground. He says the monument is accurate and will not be altered.

“I don’t live in a politically correct world,” Castellucci said. “I live in a historical fact world and terrorism — whether it’s American homegrown, Christianity, Islamic — you call it what it is.”

According to Castelluci, the memorial isn’t about religion, but is in memory of “one event on one day that killed more than 3,000 people.”

The memorial reads:

On September 11, 2001 nineteen Islamic terrorists unsuspectedly boarded four airliners departing east coast airports to hijack the planes and carry out a series of coordinated attacks against the United States. This is a tribute to all the lives lost that day and to the heroic sacrifice of all who rushed to help. As Americans, we honor their memory by living our lives in freedom. We will never forget.

Discussing the request on Fox and Friends Tuesday morning, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani stood with Owego, likening the attempt to remove the descriptor to taking the word “mafia out of our history books” because they were Italian.

“My reaction to the Italian mafia was real simple: I’m Italian-American, I’m not embarrassed about them, I don’t belong to them.” Giuliani said. “I want nothing to do with them and they represent the bad part of my ethnic background. Every ethnic background has a bad part. There’s a bad part to the Islamic religion.”

“The good part of the Islamic religion shouldn’t feel at all hurt by ‘Islamic terrorism.’ They should feel angry about it, they should feel like — maybe even stronger than I do — they should be wiped out. I felt stronger, maybe people who weren’t Italian-American, the mafia should be wiped out.”

Watch Giuliani discuss it below:

 

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Scott Morefield

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