“…the FBI wiretaps shows CAIR’s founders do describe themselves as Islamists — but only in private. In places where the term is less toxic, it is used regularly. A search of the word “Islamist” on the Muslim Brotherhood website, IkhwanWeb.com, yields 3,046 results.
CAIR doesn’t want the term “Islamist” used anymore because it is not helpful to be associated with an unpopular word. This campaign to swap out the word “Islamist” is a modern-day application of what the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood has always done: Switch to a new name when the old one becomes counterproductive.
The 1993 meeting participants discussed the need for a new “neutral” organization because “it is known who we are.” They needed a group with a clean track record and greater credibility. Two of those present formed CAIR the next year. The Muslim American Society was founded in 2003 because the Muslim Brotherhood needed a new name, as detailed by the Chicago Tribune in 2004. When a title or name becomes problematic, the Islamists try to run away from it.”