On October 11, the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) posted an article where its Executive Director, Dawud Walid, says that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is engaging in "politics of fear" by talking about the "so-called Islamists." This statement isn't just meant to undermine a political campaign. It's about dismissing the notion that Islamists even exist at all.
The term Islamist (or Islamism) refers to an adherence to "political Islam," an ideology that deems Islam not only a religion, but the view that Sharia law should be implemented in all spheres of life including government, social, judicial, economic, military and cultural. Adherents envision world domination by the Muslim ummah (the worldwide community of Muslims).
Walid wrote, "And he [Romney] made a statement that so-called Islamists want to wage perpetual war with the West. So it appears that Mr. Romney is engaged in the politics of fear," Walid said. He stated that Romney "sounds a little hostile" to Muslims.