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Muslims urged to vote on Super Tuesday

Muslims urged to vote on Super Tuesday

CAIR is urging all Muslim voters in California, New York, Ohio, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Vermont to vote in tomorrow's "Super Tuesday" democratic primaries and caucuses. (NOTE: Only registered democrats can vote in the Connecticut, California, New York, and Maryland primaries. Minnesota has a democratic caucus.)

Reasons why Muslims should vote:

  • Supporting accommodation of Islamic religious requirements in the workplace and in schools
  • Creating a safe and drug-free environment for families
  • Challenging discrimination and stereotyping
  • Encouraging foreign and domestic policies that are based on justice
  • Deciding how your tax dollars are used
Who may vote:
  • Must be registered to vote in a Super Tuesday state
  • Must be a registered democrat to vote in a closed primary. Connecticut, California, New York, and Maryland primaries are closed. All registered voters can vote in Vermont, Ohio, Georgia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Minnesota democratic caucus participants who are not active with another party can participate.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must live in the state where he/she is registered
  • Must not claim the right to vote in any other state
Immediate action requested:
  1. VOTE: Most polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Refer to your voter registration card to find your polling location or call or visit the website of your state board of elections. Most polling locations are in schools. The best time to vote is before going to work because lines are short.
  2. Be an informed and effective voter by RESEARCHING LOCAL CANDIDATES.
  3. For undecided voters, CAIR has compiled a comprehensive list of issues specific to the Muslim community and where each candidate stands on those issues. Go to: http://www.cair-net.org/muslimvote2004/
  4. If you are not already REGISTERED TO VOTE, go to: https://ssl.capwiz.com/cair/e4/nvra/

FCC complaint filed over Islamophobic radio skit

FCC complaint filed over Islamophobic radio skit



Contact KFI and Clear Channel and demand that they apologize to the American Muslim community for such bigoted and hurtful remarks.




Greg Ashlock
KFI Regional Director
610 S. Ardmore Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Tel: 213-427-7912
Fax: 213-380-8364

John Hogan
Chief Executive Officer
Clear Channel Radio
200 Basse Road
San Antonio, TX 78209
Tel: 210-822-2828
Fax: 210-822-2299
CAIR's Southern California office (CAIR-LA) today announced that it has filed complaints with both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Clear Channel Communications over an Islamophobic skit on a Los Angeles radio station that claimed Muslims have sex with animals, avoid bathing and are obsessed with killing Jews.

In the March 10 Bill Handel show on KFI AM 640, a pretend "Muslim" allegedly reading from the new Iraqi constitution refers to "hairy Iraqi women," "lovely Japanese schoolgirls," the "infidel custom of bathing on a regular basis," and "civil unions" between Iraqis and "loving camels and goats."

Throughout the skit, called "The New Iraq Constitution - Handelized," the mock-Muslim repeatedly stated "Allah be praised," "death to the Jews" and "kill all Jews." Listeners also heard recordings of Islamic prayers in Arabic. CAIR-LA asked the station to apologize for the offensive skit, but that request was denied.

To listen to the offensive skit: Click HERE for Real Player format or click HERE for Windows Media fomat.

"While we understand and appreciate the concept of comic satire, this skit obviously crossed the line from comedy to outright bigotry and racism that could negatively impact the lives of ordinary American Muslims," said CAIR-LA Communications Director Sabiha Khan. Khan said the KFI program contained some of the most hate-filled and Islamophobic statements reported to CAIR in recent years.

In her letter to the FCC, Khan wrote: "Increased ratings should not be obtained at the expense of any culture or religion. We fully respect and value freedom of speech, including for Mr. Handel, however, these Islamophobic comments are outrageous and hurtful, and only serve to increase animosity and hatred against the American Muslim community. No doubt, such bigotry would not, and should not, be tolerated if it were directed toward any other ethnic or religious group."

A similar letter was sent to KFI's parent company, Clear Channel Communications. The FCC recently voted to fine Clear Channel $250,000 for nine alleged indecency violations. That fine came just over a month after the nation's largest radio chain was hit with a record $755,000 penalty. Last week, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would boost indecency fines to $500,000 per incident.

(FCC rules prohibit radio and TV stations from airing offensive material that refers to sexual functions between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. The offensive skit aired after 8 a.m.)

Ask your senator to defend academic freedom

Ask your senator to defend academic freedom




CAIR is urging American Muslims and other people who value academic freedom to contact their senators, particularly members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, to express opposition to the creation of an International Studies Advisory Board that could be part of the Senate counterpart to H.R. 3077, the Education Reauthorization Act now being drafted by the HELP Committee.

Section 633 of the Education Reauthorization Act calls for the creation of an advisory board consisting of at least two appointees that represent national security agencies overseeing curricula, course materials and the recruitment of faculty that accept federal government money for international studies. While Asian, African, European, and Latin American area studies programs will be affected, Middle Eastern studies programs are the real target of the advisory board.

The advisory board could serve to stifle academic freedom by suppressing any views that are not viewed as supportive of Israel and in line with Muslim-bashers like Daniel Pipes, who has been actively pushing for the oversight board.

Pipes faced a storm of criticism when he launched Campus Watch, a web site that included "dossiers" on professors and academic institutions thought to be too critical of Israel or too sympathetic to Islam and Muslims.

In a January 13th Washington Post article, Pipes claimed "Middle East studies have not served us well" and that the board will serve to "....supervise the distribution of government funds…..of what he considers to be the radical Middle East studies lobby centered in universities such as Columbia, Georgetown and the University of Chicago."

H.R. 3077 passed the House floor with little notice of academic freedom concerns.

"At a time when Congress is pushing for democracy and academic freedom in the Middle East, it is critical that we uphold these values in our own universities," said CAIR Governmental Affairs Coordinator Hasan Mansori.

Action Requested:

1) Contact the Chairman of the HELP Committee today and ask that section 633, which creates the advisory board, be removed from H.R. 3077 in the Senate bill. Send copies of correspondence to the other members of the committee.

Contact:

Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Chairman
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
428 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6300

Tel: (202) 224-5375, Majority Staff: (202) 224-6770, Minority Staff: (202) 224-0767 FAX: (202) 228-5044

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2) Contact the committee member who represents your state and ask that section 633 be removed from H.R. 3077 in the Senate bill. Send copies of correspondence to the other members of the committee. Click here for list of committee members.

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