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CA Radio Station ‘Appreciates’ Support of Anti-Muslim Racist

(LOS ANGELES, CA, 2/1/2006) – On Thursday, February 2, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP)* will hold a news conference outside KFI-AM 640 radio to urge that station officials repudiate anti-Muslim hate programming.

WHAT: Interfaith Leaders Urge KFI Radio to Repudiate Anti-Muslim Hate Programming
WHEN: Thursday, February 2, at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Outside Clear Channel Building (Corner of Olive and Lima), 3400 West Olive Ave., Burbank, CA
CONTACT: ICUJP – Thia Stephan 626-683-9004, 323-377-8828, E-mail: icujp@pacbell.net; CAIR-LA – Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334 e-mail: socal@cair.com

ICUJP says the news conference was prompted by an e-mail from a KFI employee thanking an anti-Muslim white supremacist for his support.

In a message headlined “Don’t listen to Muslims,” a person identified as “Daniel” wrote to KFI:

“I heard about the campaign against you by the Muslims. I ask you to ignore them. This country is for White Christians and if they don’t like it they and their ugly families can go back to their dirty countries. The host was just being truthful.”

Michelle Kube, executive director of KFI’s Bill Handel Show, replied to the hate message by writing: “Thanks for the support! We appreciate it!”

CAIR-LA recently called on KFI to reprimand Handel for mocking the deaths of hundreds of Muslims taking part in the pilgrimage to Mecca. In that same broadcast, Handel also referred to Islam as a “strange religion.”

SEE: Muslim Group Asks Radio Host to Apologize (AP) http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-muslims-radio-skit,1,5300813.story

To listen to Handel’s remarks, go to:
http://www.cair-net.org/audio/handel.mp3
Handel has a history of making Islamophobic remarks. In March 2004, he aired a skit that claimed Muslims have sex with animals, avoid bathing and are obsessed with killing Jews. KFI was forced to apologize after many Muslims responded to a CAIR alert about the incident.

SEE: California Radio Station Apologizes for Islamophobic Skit, http://cair.com/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=1049&theType=NR

ICUJP: Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace was created to support the work of Faith Leaders from Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Bahá’í and other backgrounds who say “Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence.”

Grounded in many diverse faith traditions, and honoring prophetic perspectives of non-violence, ICUJP’s activities promote critical examination, from the faith perspective, of the costs of violence at home and in the world. ICUJP members are spiritual and secular leaders urgently committed to building a progressive interfaith movement devoted to actions for justice and peace.

ICUJP Sponsoring Communities Include: All Saints Church (Episcopal, Pasadena) American Friends Service Committee (Pacific Southwest Regional Office), Baptist Peace Fellowship, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, California Peace Action, Center for the Advancement of Nonviolence, Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church (Altadena), Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church- (Social Action Alliance), Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, Immaculate Heart Community, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church (Pasadena), Pax Christi (Los Angeles), Physicians for Social Responsibility (Los Angeles), Progressive Christians Uniting (PCU), Progressive Muslim Union, Santa Monica Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, South Coast Interfaith Council, Southern California Ecumenical Council, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), St. Camillus Catholic Church, Temple Kol Tikvah (Woodland Hills), United Methodist Church (Peace with Justice Committee),Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles

 

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