From CAIR Press Release
Muslim civil rights group files FCC complaint over incitement to violence
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/27/10) -- A prominent national Muslim civil
rights and advocacy organization today filed a Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) complaint against a radio talk show host in Texas who
yesterday advocated bombing a proposed New York City mosque.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said
Houston radio host Michael Berry (KTRH-AM 740) made that call to
violence on his May 26 program.
In his response to a caller named "Tony" who supported the right to
build the planned mosque in New York -- an effort that has come under
rhetorical attack by anti-Islam extremists -- Berry said: "No, no,
Tony, you can't build a mosque at the site of 9/11. No, you can't. No,
you can't. And I'll tell you this -- if you do build a mosque, I hope
somebody blows it up...I hope the mosque isn't built, and if it is, I
hope it's blown up, and I mean that."
Hear Michael Berry's Call to Violence
[Berry has in the past been a guest host for nationally-syndicated
broadcasters like Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly.]
"Calls for acts of violence against houses of worship must never be
tolerated or excused," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad
Awad. "We ask the FCC to demonstrate that incitement to violence is
never acceptable on our nation's airwaves."
He said Berry's call to violence against an American mosque is of
particular concern, coming as it does after a bombing at a mosque in
Jacksonville, Fla., earlier this month.
SEE: Lt. Gov. Tours Mosque that was Bombed
Awad noted that the planned New York mosque is being opposed by a
collection of anti-Islam hate-mongers, one of whom recently launched
an Islamophobic bus advertisement campaign in that city.
SEE: NYC Woman's Ad Crusade - Say No to Islam (Video)
CAIR recently expressed concern about a "growing atmosphere of
anti-Muslim sentiment" nationwide.
SEE: Tea Party Leader Says Muslims Worship 'Monkey-God'
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encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims,
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NEW YORK (CBS, 5/27/10) -- They're controversial bus ads some say are
An activist Manhattan woman is paying for the campaign detractors
believe is bent on encouraging Muslims to abandon their religion.
CBS 2 HD took a look at the woman behind the controversy and the
backlash it's generating.
"It's about the violent ideology of Islam. Yes, yes!" Pamela Geller said...
"This is a combination of bigotry, hatred and an individual using the
current climate we're in to advance their own cause," said Faiza Ali
of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
And it isn't just Islamic groups who are worried about the ad campaign
and the online anti-Muslim vitriol. The folks over at the
Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith also think they see a
"This kind of language, this kind of characterization has no place in
our society. It muddies the waters rather than really allow us to move
forward," said ADL regional director Ron Meier...