Muslims Launch ‘Hate Hurts America’ Radio Campaign
A prominent national Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group today announced a new campaign designed to counter
anti-Muslim hate on radio talk shows.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the campaign, called
“Hate Hurts America,” is based on the premise that the increasing attacks
on Islam by conservative talk show hosts nationwide is not only offensive
to Muslims and other people of conscience, but also harms the United States
by creating a downward spiral of interfaith mistrust and hostility.
“We believe that hate-filled rhetoric not only leads to attacks on and
discrimination against American Muslims, but also harms our nation by
fostering a climate of intolerance and bigotry,” said CAIR Communications
Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed.
As part of the “Hate Hurts America” effort, Muslims will be 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. (See guidelines below.)
Ahmed said CAIR will also issue periodic alerts through its e-mail and fax
lists to inform Muslims and others about which radio advertisers they need
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide and