Radio Host Calls Islam a 'Murderous Organization'
CAIR is calling on the nation's largest radio
network to apologize for anti-Islam remarks by talk show host and comedian
Jackie Mason, who recently called "the whole Muslim religion" a "murderous
organization" that teaches "hate, terrorism and murder."
Mason, who is also known for his right-wing and pro-Israel political
commentaries, made the remarks as guest host on a recent broadcast of the
Jim Bohannon Show, syndicated nationally by Westwood One.
The Jim Bohannon Show, http://www.westwoodone.com/talk_bohannon.htm
Jackie Mason's Home Page, http://www.jackiemason.com
During the broadcast, New York lawyer Raoul Felder, who is a frequent
co-author of Mason's commentaries, attacked the character of Islam's
Prophet Muhammad. He also said: "This (Islam) is a religion of hate, this
is a religion of murder."
Mason responded by amplifying Felder's bigotry.
He said: "This is amazing information that almost nobody is aware
of...everyone thinks that it's a legitimate religion that preaches love and
brotherhood…the truth of the matter is (that terrorists) are reflecting the
religion and following the religion…they are following the orders of the
religion directly from the Quran…in plain English, the whole Muslim
religion is preaching and teaching hate, terrorism and murder, and nobody
knows it, and its about time they found out about it…The Quran…is 50
versions of hate, venom, hostility, and murder…dedicated to terrorism…I
don't know how we can call it a religion in the traditional sense. It
should be called a murderous organization that's out to kill people."
In a letter to Westwood One, CAIR demanded a public apology to the Muslim
community and an opportunity to refute Mason's Islamophobic smears. The
letter stated: "It is this type of hate-filled propaganda that was used by
the Nazis as justification for their persecution of the Jewish community in
Germany." (CAIR also filed a complaint with the FCC.)
Earlier this year, CAIR announced a campaign designed to counter
anti-Islamic hate on talk radio. The campaign, called "Hate Hurts America,"
is based on the premise that the increasing attacks on Islam by talk show
hosts harm the United States by creating a downward spiral of interfaith
mistrust and hostility. As part of that campaign, Muslims were given
step-by-step instructions on how to monitor local and syndicated radio
programs, report anti-Muslim hate, file FCC complaints, and contact
advertisers to register their concerns.
Reports of anti-Muslim hate may be filed at:
IMMEDIATE ACTIONS REQUESTED: (As always, be firm, but POLITE.)
CONTACT Westwood One to demand that they 1) issue a formal and public
apology to the American Muslim community and 2) invite a Muslim guest on
the Jim Bohannon Show to refute Mason's defamatory remarks and to provide
accurate information about Islam.
Mr. Shane Coppola
President and CEO
40 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
Register Online for CAIR's Oct. 2-5 Banquet & Convention
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o Towards a Fair Portrayal of Islam and Muslims in the Media
o Civil and Human Rights in Times of War
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Florida University Accomodates Basketball Player's Hijab
The Florida office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) announced today that a female Muslim
athlete at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa will be allowed
to wear hijab on the basketball court. SEE: http://www.usf.edu
The 22-year-old Muslim convert left the USF basketball team and lost her
athletic scholarship last week after allegedly being told by her head coach
that she could not wear the religiously-mandated scarf during practices or
In a meeting today between the basketball player, university officials and
a representative of CAIR-FL, it was agreed that the team would accommodate
her Islamic attire and reinstate her scholarship. The university also
agreed to work with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on
any issues related to existing headwear policies.
"We thank the University of South Florida for its swift and decisive action
in resolving this issue," said CAIR-FL Communications Director Ahmed
Bedier, who took part in today's meeting. "An athlete should not be asked
to choose between engaging in healthy sporting activities and her
deeply-held religious beliefs."
Ahmed noted that the Prophet Muhammad himself recommended that children be
taught activities such as swimming, horseback riding and archery.
Contact the university to thank them for accommodating the Muslim athlete's
Islamic beliefs religious practices.
Ms. Judy Genshaft, Ph.D.
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave., ADM241
Tampa, FL 33620-6150
TEL: (813) 974-2791