COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS - ILLINOIS CHAPTER      |      DEFENDING CIVIL RIGHTS. FIGHTING BIGOTRY. PROMOTING TOLERANCE      |      WWW.CAIRCHICAGO.ORG

Why we Support Chicago 2016
  About   |   Contact   |   Donate   |   Site Map   |   About Islam   |   Activist Corner   >> Today is Thursday, October 23, 2014  
Home
Our News
Our Multimedia
CAIR-Chi in the Press
Action Alerts
Press Releases
Events/Workshops
Media Monitor
Hate Watch
The Scoop
Civil Rights Center
Intern Center
Volunteer Center
Career Center
Resource Center
Report An Incident
Write to the Media
Request A Speaker
Make A Donation
Become A Member
Annual Events
Our Partners
Newsletter
Downloads
The Mobilizer Blog
MYLS Website
Our Old Site | Oldest
Contact us



DC Radio Host Says 'Islam is a terrorist organization'
Ask WMAL to reprimand Michael Graham for ‘hate-filled' remarks

July 25, 2005


ACTION REQUESTED:

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/25/05) - CAIR today called on a Washington, D.C., radio station to reprimand a talk show host who states repeatedly that “Islam is a terrorist organization.” American Muslims are also being urged to contact the station's advertisers to express their concerns about the host's Islamophobic views. CAIR says it has 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: randall.bloomquist@abc.com, ernie.fears@abc.com, chris.j.berry@abc.com

2. CONTACT the first of WMAL's advertisers: Mr. Dan Testa President TCI - Telcept Holdings, LCC 5554 Port Royal Road Springfield, VA 22151, TEL (703) 321-3030, 1-800-824-1001, Fax: (703) 321-5046, E-Mail: testad@tcicomm.com, routhierd@tcicomm.com, tcimail@tcicomm.com



- END -






  • None




 
 



28 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60604 | T: (312) 212-1520 | F: (312) 212-1530
| Our News | News Briefs | Action Alerts | Press Center | Events/Workshops | In the News | Volunteer Center | Media Monitor | Resource Center | Report An Incident |
Request A Speaker | Make A Donation | Downloads | Multimedia | The Scoop | Our Partners | Careers | Interns | Newsletter | Contact Us | Proud To Be Muslim |
All Rights Reserved. Copyright 2005-2011 © CAIR Chicago. Questions or Comments, Email info@cairchicago.org


Site Designed by AmrexMedia.com