The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on the nation’s largest radio network to apologize for anti-Islam remarks by talk show host and comedian Jackie Mason, who recently called “the whole Muslim religion” a “murderous organization” that teaches “hate, terrorism and murder.”
The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group said Mason, who is also known for his right-wing and pro-Israel political commentaries, made the remarks as guest host on a recent broadcast of the Jim Bohannon Show, syndicated nationally by Westwood One.
During the broadcast, New York lawyer Raoul Felder, who is a frequent co-author of Mason’s commentaries, attacked the character of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. He also said: “This (Islam) is a religion of hate, this is a religion of murder.”
Mason responded by amplifying Felder’s bigotry.
He said: “This is amazing information that almost nobody is aware of…everyone thinks that it’s a legitimate religion that preaches love andbrotherhood…the truth of the matter is (that terrorists) are reflecting the religion and following the religion…they are following the orders of the religion directly from the Quran…in plain English, the whole Muslimreligion is preaching and teaching hate, terrorism and murder, and nobody knows it, and its about time they found out about it…The Quran…is 50
versions of hate, venom, hostility, and murder…dedicated to terrorism…I don’t know how we can call it a religion in the traditional sense. It should be called a murderous organization that’s out to kill people.”
In a letter to Westwood One, CAIR demanded a public apology to the Muslim community and an opportunity to refute Mason’s Islamophobic smears. The letter stated: “It is this type of hate-filled propaganda that was used by the Nazis as justification for their persecution of the Jewish community in Germany.” (CAIR also filed a complaint with the FCC.)
Earlier this year, CAIR announced a campaign designed to counter anti-Islamic hate on talk radio. The campaign, called “Hate Hurts America,” is based on the premise that the increasing attacks on Islam by talk show hosts harm the United States by creating a downward spiral of interfaith
mistrust and hostility.
As part of that campaign, Muslims were given step-by-step instructions on how to monitor local and syndicated radio programs, report anti-Muslim hate, file FCC complaints, and contact advertisers to register their concerns.
Reports of anti-Muslim Hate may be filed at:
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
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