(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/5/05) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)today applauded a decision by an advertiser on a Washington, D.C., radio station
to drop its commercials from a program that Muslims say promotes Islamophobic hatred. CAIR said the advertiser dropped its ads from WMAL-AM’s Michael Graham program
after receiving complaints from concerned Muslims. In an e-mail, a representative of the advertiser stated: “I have asked that our ad be pulled from this show, I personally agree with your comments although I also believe the world
takes many types of people, some ignorant, some extreme.” (The name of the advertiser is being withheld to prevent a backlash from Graham’s supporters.)
Graham was suspended without pay by the station for stating repeatedly that “Islam is a terrorist organization.” His suspension came after CAIR urged Muslims to contact WMAL and its advertisers. (A replacement host for Graham made similarly Islamophobic comments when he falsely claimed that the Quran,Islam’s revealed text, teaches Muslims to lie.)
SEE: “WMAL Suspends Talk-Show Host for Comment on Islam” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/28/AR2005072802241.html
“We thank the advertiser for refusing to subsidize religious bigotry and again urge that Graham’s temporary suspension be made permanent,” said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Hooper said CAIR is calling on Washington-area Muslims to contact other WMAL advertisers to urge that they too drop their commercials from the program. A complete list of WMAL advertisers may be viewed at: http://cair.com/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=275&theType=AA
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