CAIR VIEWS CONSERVATIVE COMMENTARY AS 'INCITEMENT'
An Islamic advocacy group is urging its supporters to call a Washington, D.C., radio station to "express your concerns about the Islamophobic attitudes" expressed by conservative columnist and author Cal Thomas.
In a commentary on news-talk WTOP radio Monday morning, Thomas discussed the car-bomb terror attacks recently thwarted in the United Kingdom. The eight Muslims arrested in connection with the plot include several physicians.
"How much longer should we allow people from certain lands, with certain beliefs to come to Britain and America and build their mosques, teach hate, and plot to kill us?" Thomas asked.
He also compared Muslims to a "slow spreading cancer" that must be stopped.
In its message to supporters, the Council on American-Islamic Relations described Thomas''s remarks as "incitement." The message included the name and work telephone number of WTOP's vice president of programming.
In recent years, CAIR has issued a number of "incitement watches" which CAIR''s critics view as efforts to squelch free speech.
On Tuesday, July 17, CAIR plans to host a panel discussion in Washington on "the increasing anti-Muslim rhetoric within the conservative movement in the United States."
The panelists will include David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union, and Parvez Ahmed, CAIR chairman.
The discussion will focus "on the negative impact of [anti-Muslim] views on religious tolerance in America and on relations with the Muslim world," CAIR said.
BACKGROUNDER: Cal Thomas has in the past recommended the ethnic cleansing of all Palestinian Arabs from Israel. He is now using the same kind of rhetoric in his attacks on American Muslims.
SEE CAIR’s 2001 NEWS RELEASE:
CAL THOMAS RECOMMENDS ETHNIC CLEANSING OF PALESTINIANS
Islamic group demands Tribune Media Services apologize, drop column
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/6/2001) - A prominent American Muslim advocacy group today called on Tribune Media Services (TMS), one of the nation's leading information syndicators, to drop a column by commentator Cal Thomas after he recommended the ethnic cleansing of all Palestinian Arabs from Israel.
Thomas' most recent column states: "It should now be clear that Israel cannot tolerate a huge Arab population within its borders, so a political decision must be made. Most Arabs and Palestinians appear to be nonviolent but it can be difficult to tell the difference...Israel should declare its intention to transfer large numbers of its Palestinian residents to Arab nations. . .Eviction is a better avenue to stability. Will it happen? Probably not. Should it? Yes."
In a letter sent to TMS President David Williams, Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) wrote that those views "would be more at home in the Nazi-era publication Der Sturmer than in newspapers subscribing to Tribune Media Services."
Hooper also wrote: "Perhaps Mr. Thomas will next recommend avoiding the costs and drain on resources associated with the elimination of a racial minority by instead setting up cheap and efficient extermination centers. After all, it seems Thomas believes Palestinians are a genetically inferior stock that must be prevented from polluting Israel's racial and religious purity.
“Thomas' racist and quasi-genocidal scenario raises some interesting issues. Is he recommending the transfer of his fellow Christians along with Muslim Palestinians? What about the children of a Jewish mother and an Arab Muslim father? Will the "one drop" rule apply? Some of these details could no doubt be worked out by obtaining a copy of Germany's Nuremberg Laws. . .”
Hooper told TMS that this is not the first time Thomas has offended the sensibilities of his readers. In the past, he questioned the honesty of the Prophet Muhammad and even called Islam itself "murderous." (Los Angeles Times Syndicate) "Unfortunately, when we challenged those bigoted views, we were told that no action would be taken because of the revenues generated by Thomas' column. This is no longer a matter of money, but of moral duty," wrote Hooper.
Along with the demand to drop Thomas' column, CAIR called on TMS to issue a public apology for distributing the writer's "fascistic" views.