(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/29/04) – Following complaints from Muslim viewers, a
host of ABC’s “The View” talk show has apologized for a remark she made
about the Quran, Islam’s revealed text.
On Wednesday’s episode of “The View,” host Joy Behar said in a discussion
of who airline passengers should sit next to on a plane: “You want somebody
who’s calm, you don’t want somebody who’s reading the Quran as you’re going
Behar’s apology came one day after the Washington-based Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued an alert urging viewers to e-mail
ABC’s Audience Relations Department and express their concerns about the
insensitive nature of the remarks. CAIR issued the alert after receiving
complaints from Muslims who watched Wednesday’s program.
In her apology, Behar stated: “Yesterday I said something on the air and I
received all these letters from people. I really did not mean to offend any
religion yesterday. I was talking about being on a plane and how if someone
is reading a Holy Book I get scared because it looks like they know
something. I mentioned one particular religion, it could have been any
person, any prayer book and I upset people and I’m sorry about that. I
don’t mean to be disrespectful to any religion.”
“We thank all those viewers who took the time to express their concerns to
ABC, and we also thank Ms. Behar for her swift and sincere apology,” said
CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 regional offices and chapters nationwide and