Conservative talk show host Michael Savage sued an Islamic rights group Monday for rebroadcasting on its Web site several excerpts from his radio show in which he called the Quran a "book of hate" and said Muslims "need deportation."
Savage, in a suit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, said the Council on American-Islamic Relations had violated copyright law by using the excepts in a campaign to persuade advertisers to stop sponsoring his show.
In the excerpts, Savage calls the Quran a "hateful little book," says Muslims "breed bombers" and asserts that the religion of Islam seeks to "convert or kill" nonbelievers.
The council, in rebroadcasting the excerpts, urges visitors to its Web site to complain to Savage's advertisers.
Savage, whose syndicated show is based in San Francisco, says in the suit that the excerpts are "stolen material" that were taken out of context. He said his comments were directed toward Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other "violent terrorists who mask their personal evil with a false religious aura."
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, called the lawsuit frivolous and said the Web site was entitled to use the segments because Savage is a public figure. (MORE)