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The actual Isis, a goddess from ancient Egyptian culture.

This is Isis.

In spite of Obama's numerous statements to the press and the State Department's official designation, the media refuses to call the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria ISIL. They call them ISIS and there are no signs of them slowing down. Why? What's even more puzzling is that there appears to be very little news coverage that even acknowledges that ISIS is also happens to be the name of an ancient Egyptian goddess. As far as I can tell, at this point the only "source" that calls them ISIS is the media itself. Is there something more going on here? Yes.

In journalism today, the goal is to report the truth. HA! Ok, the goal is to "Get eyeballs." Let's face it, "Isis" is much sexier than "Isil." ISIL is hard to even say. Whereas Isis sounds like you are uttering a name of power. Well... that's how modern history tells us to speak the name of one of the most important female deities of any culture. As far as we know, she represented "the ultimate woman" or feminism itself. Creation itself. Consider this excerpt from a 2nd century book written by a Roman:

"You see me here, Lucius, in answer to your prayer. I am nature, the universal Mother, mistress of all the elements, primordial child of time, sovereign of all things spiritual, queen of the dead, queen of the ocean, queen also of the immortals, the single manifestation of all gods and goddesses that are, my nod governs the shining heights of Heavens, the wholesome sea breezes. Though I am worshipped in many aspects, known by countless names ... the Egyptians who excel in ancient learning and worship call me by my true name...Queen Isis."

To imagine that this name, this symbol, this ancient goddess would now represent what is possibly the most extreme distortion of masculinity, an Islamic hate group, is apparently only absurd and offensive to me. I'm not sure what's more absurd — the association or the fact that every single editor in every single newsroom in the entire Western hemisphere has decided that "it's not relevant."

UPDATE: I wrote an e-mail to a guest on today's Democracy Now (an expert on the subject at hand) and this was her reply:

"ISIL" references the Levant — which is the French colonial term for what was once Greater Syria or al-Shams. I don't use colonial terms for anything else, I don't for ISIS. Greek goddesses have nothing to do with it...

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