Ask Dr. Laura to apologize for anti-Muslim tirade
CAIR today called on nationally-syndicated radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger to apologize for an "anti-Muslim tirade" on her November 17th program. ("Dr. Laura's" radio program is heard by 12 million listeners on some 270 stations nationwide.) Muslims who contacted CAIR said Schlessinger's remarks crossed the line from legitimate commentary on terrorism to Islamophobic bigotry.
The offensive comments came in response to a mother who asked whether her 16-year-old daughter should take part in a Catholic High School class field trip to a local mosque. The purpose of the field trip was to have the students in a "moral themes" class learn how "Muslims are treated" in America.
Schlessinger said in her response: "This is a class on morals. What is the point of going to a mosque?...You're joking of course…How many Americans have tortured and murdered Muslims…I think you ought to stand up against this class and this teacher. This is despicable. You tell him you are willing to go to the mosque only if it is one that has done its best to route out terrorists in its midst…instead of complaining…I am horrified that you would let her go…I am so sick and tired of all the Arab-American groups whining and complaining about some kind of treatment…What culture and what religion were all the murderers of 9/11…they murdered us….That's the culture you want your daughter to learn about?"
(To listen to Schlessinger's response, go to: http://www.drlaura.com/listen/ Click on November 17, and then on "Dr. Laura 9." There is a charge for access.)
"Dr. Laura's anti-Muslim tirade demonstrates a level of hostility toward Islam that should be of concern to her program's audience and sponsors," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "It has been our experience that one-on-one interactions with ordinary American Muslims are the best way to dispel Islamophobic stereotypes and promote religious tolerance. It is a pity that Dr. Laura would interfere with that learning process by dissuading a student from visiting a mosque."
Hooper noted that Schlessinger also confused Arab-Americans and Muslims in her comments. (Many Arab-Americans are Christian.)
In 2002, CAIR sent a letter to Schlessinger asking for a clarification of her on-air claim that there is a "Muslim plan" to take over the world. When Schlessinger's extremist views have been confronted in the past, she has often responded by attacking the source of the challenge, instead of dealing with the substance of the complaints.
ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE. Hostile comments WILL be used to further defame Islam and Muslims.)
Contact Dr. Laura to ask that she apologize for her remarks and engage the American Muslim community in a positive dialogue.
Dr. Laura Schlessinger
15260 Ventura Blvd, Suite 500
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403-5307
Paul Harvey says Islam encourages killing
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling for an on-air apology from syndicated radio commentator Paul Harvey who said on his Thursday program that Islam "encourages killing."
Harvey, who has 24 million weekly listeners on some 1,600 radio stations in this country and around the world, made that claim during his Thursday noon commentary.
In that segment, Harvey described the bloody nature of cock fight gambling in Iraq and said: "Add to the thirst for blood a religion which encourages killing, and it is entirely understandable if Americans came to this bloody party unprepared."
TO LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT, GO TO: http://www.paulharvey.com/ Click on the Thursday noon program. The section with the offensive quote begins at 6:53. The quote itself begins at 8:25.
"We had hoped that a respected broadcast professional like Mr. Harvey would not join the growing number of Islamophobic hate-mongers in our society," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "He falsely attributes to Islam two things that are specifically prohibited by our faith, murder and cruelty to animals." (Islam also prohibits gambling.)
Hooper quoted the Prophet Muhammad, who said one of the "biggest of (the great sins)" is "to murder a human being." (Sahih Al-Bukhari, 9:10) He also cited the Quran, Islam's revealed text, which states that when someone takes another's life, "it would be as if he slew all mankind." (Quran, 5:32)
On animal cruelty, the Prophet said: "A woman was punished [by God] because of a cat. She had neither provided it with food nor drink, nor set it free so that it might eat the creatures of the earth." (Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1047)
In another tradition related by the Prophet, a man was rewarded by God for helping a thirsty animal. The man, who had just climbed down a well to get water for himself, saw a dog panting and licking mud because of excessive thirst. He went down the well again and filled his shoe with water for the dog. God thanked him for that deed and forgave his sins.
After relating that story, the Prophet was asked: "Is there a reward for us in serving animals?" He replied: "Yes, there is a reward for serving any (living being)." (Sahih Al-Bukhari, 3:646)
In other Islamic traditions, the Prophet prohibited capturing young birds because of the distress caused to their mother, and rebuked his companions who burnt an ant hill.
Hooper also cited the Quran, which says: "There is no beast that walks on earth and no bird that flies on its two wings that is not [God's] creature…Unto their Sustainer shall they [all] be gathered." (Quran, 6:38)
In 1999, Harvey issued an on-air apology to Muslims for remarks suggesting that Islam was a "fraudulent religion." The apology came after hundreds of concerned Muslims called, faxed and e-mailed both Harvey's office and that of ABC Radio Networks, his program's syndicator.
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:
Contact Paul Harvey to ask that he apologize on-air for his remarks.
Mr. Paul Harvey
333 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60601-4005
Phone: (312) 899-4085
Fax: (312) 899-4088
PAUL HARVEY'S SPONSORS MAY BE LOCATED AT: http://www.paulharvey.com/sponsorlist.shtml
CAIR launches Eid u-Adha voter registration drive
CAIR today announced plans for a major voter registration drive designed to coincide with Eid ul-Adha. Eid ul-Adha will occur on February 1 or 2, depending on the sighting of the new moon.
CAIR is calling on Islamic communities nationwide to register Muslim voters at the festivals commonly held following Eid prayers. These festivals draw thousands of Muslims in each community and offer an excellent opportunity to distribute voter registration materials.
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