Thursday, November 1, 2007

Savage attacks on Islam and Muslims by Michael Savage

Dear Friends, As Salaam Alakium (Peace be upon you)

Savage remarks about Islam and Muslims by, you guessed it, MICHAEL SAVAGE.

To listen to bigoted statements by Savage, click here.

Please read below and take action.

Iftekhar Hussain

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/1/2007) - CAIR today called on radio listeners of all faiths to contact companies that advertise on Michael Savage's nationally-syndicated radio program to express their concerns about the host's recent anti-Muslim tirade.

Savage, whose "The Savage Nation" airs on more than 300 radio stations nationwide, screamed attacks on Muslims, Islam and the Quran during his October 29, 2007, program. A number of concerned listeners contacted CAIR about Savage's attacks on Islam.

Savage's shouted anti-Muslim attacks included:

"I'm not gonna put my wife in a hijab. And I'm not gonna put my daughter in a burqa. And I'm not gettin on my all-fours and braying to Mecca. And you could drop dead if you don't like it. You can shove it up your pipe. I don't wanna hear anymore about Islam. I don't wanna hear one more word about Islam. Take your religion and shove it up your behind. I'm sick of you."

"What kind of religion is this? What kind of world are you living in when you let them in here with that throwback document in their hand, which is a book of hate. Don't tell me I need reeducation. They need deportation. I don't need reeducation. Deportation, not reeducation. You can take C-A-I-R and throw 'em out of my country. I'd raise the American flag and I'd get out my trumpet if you did it. Without due process. You can take your due process and shove it."

"What sane nation that worships the U.S. constitution, which is the greatest document of freedom ever written, would bring in people who worship a book that tells them the exact opposite. Make no mistake about it, the Quran is not a document of freedom. The Quran is a document of slavery and chattel. It teaches you that you are a slave."

To listen to these and other bigoted statements by Savage, click here.

Michael Savage has a long history of rhetorical attacks on Muslims and other minorities. In 2004, Savage stated: "I think [Muslims] need to be forcibly converted to Christianity...It's the only thing that can probably turn them into human beings." In 2006, he called for a ban on Muslim immigration and recommended making "the construction of mosques illegal in America."

SEE: Savage Says Ban the Construction of US MosquesSEE ALSO: Michael Savage (Media Matters)

"Michael Savage obviously cares little about the safety or civil rights of American Muslims, but the stations that carry his hate-filled rants do care about listeners' attitudes toward advertisers who pay to air commercials during his program," said CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin. "Americans of all faiths should take a few minutes to contact any local station that broadcasts Savage's inflammatory tirades to say they will not buy the goods or services of his advertisers."

Rubin added that hate-filled words can and do lead to violent actions against American Muslims. She said there have been several recent apparently bias-related incidents targeting mosques, Islamic institutions and Muslim individuals nationwide.

In Ohio, Nazi swastikas and the phrase "white power" were spray-painted on a Toledo Islamic school and rocks were thrown at worshipers outside a Columbus mosque. In Texas, a shot was fired into a mosque. In New York, a Muslim woman was badly beaten in a bias attack. In California, arsonists torched one mosque and a group of men attacked another. In Maryland, vandals slashed the tires of vehicles owned by a Muslim activist.

CAIR's latest annual report on the status of American Muslim civil rights showed a 25 percent increase in the total number of complaints of anti-Muslim bias from 2005 to 2006.

SEE: The Status of Muslim Civil Rights in the United States - 2007

In the past, CAIR has been successful in challenging anti-Muslim hate on radio and television programs.

Florida TV Station Drops Anti-Islam ProgramMuslim Group Calls for Imus Advertiser, Guest BoycottCalif. Radio Station, Host Apologize to MuslimsDC Radio Host Fired Over Anti-Islam RemarksMN Radio Station Thanked for 'Muslim Jeopardy' Skit ApologyMSNBC Apologizes for 'Imus' RemarksJackie Mason Calls Islam a 'Murderous Organization'Muslims Launch 'Hate Hurts America' Radio CampaignCalifornia Radio Station Apologizes for Islamophobic Skit

IMMEDIATE ACTIONS REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE. Hostile comments can and will be used by Savage to further defame Islam and Muslims.)

1. FIND OUT which station carries Michael Savage's program in your area. LISTEN to the program and write down the contact information for both local and national advertisers. CONTACT those advertisers to POLITELY inform them that you and your friends and family will not purchase their products or services as long as they continue to subsidize a hate-filled program.

For a partial listing of radio stations that air Michael Savage's program, click here.

2. CONTACT Talk Radio Network, Michael Savage's syndicator, to express your concerns about his hate-filled attacks on Muslims, Islam and the Quran.
Mr. Mark MastersChief Executive OfficerTalk Radio NetworkP.O. Box 3755Central Point OR 97502Phone: 541-664-8827 or 541-474-2297Fax: 541-664-6250 or 866-876-5075

3. SEND COPIES of all correspondence to CAIR at: E-Mail or fax to 202-488-0833.

4. ORGANIZE local coalitions with friends of the Muslim community to challenge Savage's hate rhetoric.