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DC Radio Host Says ‘Islam is a terrorist organization’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/25/05) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on a Washington, D.C., radio station to reprimand a talk show host who states repeatedly that “Islam is a terrorist organization.” The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also urged American Muslims to contact the station’s advertisers to express their concerns about the host’s Islamophobic views. CAIR says it received complaints today from Muslim listeners who heard WMAL-AM’s Michael Graham state:

1. “Islam is a terrorist organization.”

2. “Islam is at war with America.”

3. “The problem is not extremism. The problem is Islam.”

4. “We are at war with a terrorist organization named Islam.”

When contacted by CAIR, WMAL’s Program Director Randall Bloomquist said he stands behind Graham. He said that while WMAL would not permit the use of the “N-word” or anti-Semitic slurs, Graham’s remarks about Islam do not require disciplinary action. “Such hate-filled and inflammatory remarks only serve to encourage those who would turn bigoted views into violent or discriminatory actions against ordinary American Muslims,” said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Reasoned discussion on issues related to terrorism should be encouraged, but extremist anti-Muslim rhetoric harms our nation’s image worldwide and serves as a recruiting tool for terrorists.” Hooper said CAIR is asking American Muslims and other people of conscience to contact WMAL advertisers and express their concerns about Graham’s remarks. Last year, CAIR challenged on-air remarks by Graham that seemed to make an implicit call for violence against Muslims.

He said: “I don’t wanna say we should kill ’em all [Muslims], but unless there’s reform [within Islam], there aren’t a lot of other solutions that work in the ground struggle for survival.” (Graham later claimed he was only referring to so-called “Islamists,” but the context of the quote indicated otherwise.) Graham also said: “Would you hire an Arab-Muslim group for a friend’s daughter’s Bat Mitzvah, I wouldn’t, if you would you’re a dope, that’s not bigotry, that completely reasonable smart discrimination.” Graham’s remarks were highlighted in the announcement of CAIR’s “Hate Hurts America” campaign designed to counter anti-Muslim hate on radio talk shows. SEE: http://www.cair.com/hatehurtsamerica/ CAIR recently released a nationwide television public service announcement (PSA), called “Not in the Name of Islam,” designed to highlight the Muslim community’s condemnation of terrorism and rejection of those who carry out terror attacks. (To view the PSA online, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/video/psa.ram )

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: rahmed@cair-net.org

NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a journalist’s window to the American Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called ISLAM-INFONET, receive news releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on issues of importance to our society. To SUBSCRIBE to or UNSUBSCRIBE from ISLAM-INFONET, go to: http://cair.biglist.com/islam-infonet/

 

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