Skip to comments.Muslims Call Comments by WMAL Host 'Hate-Filled'
Posted on 07/26/2005 8:56:48 AM PDT by Tumbleweed_Connection
A local radio talk show host touched off complaints from an Islamic civil rights organization yesterday after repeatedly describing Islam on the air as "a terrorist organization" that is "at war with America."
...the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, asked the station to take disciplinary action against Michael Graham, who hosts WMAL-AM's late-morning call-in program.
...station executive, Randall Bloomquist, said yesterday that Graham's comments were "amped up" but justified within the context of the program. He said the station, which is owned by the Walt Disney..., had no plans to reprimand Graham.
The show host touched off the flap during a discussion of the Muslim community's response to recent acts of terrorism. Graham suggested the fault lies with Muslims generally because religious leaders and followers haven't done enough to condemn and root out extreme elements. "The problem is not extremism," Graham said, according to both CAIR and the station. "The problem is Islam... We are at war with a terrorist organization named Islam."....
"It's amazing," said Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR's communications director. "I talked with Bloomquist and asked him if he would reprimand someone who used the n-word on the air. He said yes. I asked him if he would reprimand someone who read [approvingly] from the [anti-Semitic] 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion.' He said yes. So I asked him if he would do the same if someone had called Islam a terroristic organization. ...he said, it's all about context, but he never quite explained it to me."
Added Hooper, "The First Amendment allows people to be idiots and bigots. All you can do is embarrass people and have them defend their reputation. If WMAL doesn't feel embarrassed and doesn't want to defend its reputation in the face of anti-Muslim bigotry, then there's not much we can do about it."...
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"Islam on the air as "a terrorist organization" that is "at war with America."
What is not true about his statement?
I heard this show yesterday and Michael Graham was on fire. He was reasonable and reasoned and he laid out extensive factual evidence for his conclusion that Islam, as an institution, has become a world-wide terrorist organization.
I wish he would post a full transcript of his remarks on his website.
Today he had the CAIR guy on his show to rebut his remarks and Mr. Hooper said NOTHING! He could not address the London poll that showed over 20% of British Muslims would not turn in someone they knew was plotting a terrorist act, etc. It was amazing.
Just on and on about how unfair and bigoted it was, with no real attempt to address Michael's arguments.
Good Post, this was posted late last night, but needs posted again for more exposure. Our Freedom of speech is now called hate speech. We have all heard this before from CAIR, an organization with ties to Terrorists.
Thanks to Rep. Conyers and others of the Progressive Socialists, our Freedom of Speech has been compromised. The Good Lord has given us the ability to LOVE and to HATE for a reason, Our US Constituion allows us to express ourselves as to our viewpoint.
Must be nice for CAIR that they have the WaPo to carry their water for them.
Of course there's the old "can't shout "Fire!" in a crowded theater but that's not about free speech--it's not saying you can't use the word "fire", it's saying you can't create a panic that might endanger people's lives. When we get to the point where people can equate opinions they don't like hearing with yelling "Fire!" we are on our way to bannana republic status.
Mr. Hooper's claims are somewhere between disingenuous and just plain dishonest.
At a now-infamous Washington rally on Oct. 28, 2000, then-president of the American Muslim Federation Abdurahman Alamoudi shouted to a cheering crowd, "We are all supporters of Hamas." In the second phone interview, Mr. Hooper acknowledged being there but claims he did not hear Mr. Alamoudi.
In the media frenzy that followed, though, neither CAIR nor Mr. Hooper publicly criticized Mr. Alamoudi's avowed support of the terrorist organization.
Less than a year later, Mr. Hooper joined roughly a dozen leaders of various Muslim groups in staging a "sit in" in front of the State Department in June 2001. During the event, American Muslim Council Director Ali Ramadan Abu Zakouk "preached violence" by labeling the mass murder of innocent civilians in suicide bombing attacks as a "God-given right."
"The question of resistance to occupation is a God-given right. And the occupied people can use any means possible for them. They have no limitation," Mr. Zakouk explained. Mr. Hooper was listed as the contact person for the press release sent out in advance of the "sit in," though he first claimed he "did not remember" and later that he "did not hear" Mr. Zakouk's defense of suicide bombings.
Videotape footage of the event (provided by the Investigative Project), however, clearly shows Mr. Hooper standing barely a few feet behind Mr. Zakouk as the comments were made.
Without video or a published record noting his participation, it is impossible to know what other pro-violence, anti-American or anti-Semitic propaganda Mr. Hooper has personally witnessed. But there are plenty of examples of reprehensible rhetoric spouted either by CAIR officials or at CAIR co-sponsored events any of which Mr. Hooper, as longtime CAIR spokesman, would almost surely be aware of.
At the Islamic Association of Palestine's third annual convention in Chicago in November 1999, CAIR President Omar Ahmad gave a speech at a youth session praising suicide bombers who "kill themselves for Islam." "Fighting for freedom, fighting for Islam that is not suicide. They kill themselves for Islam, " he said.
The executive director of CAIR's New York chapter has made similar comments that would likewise fall under the heading of "violence preached." At an interfaith event shortly after September 11, CAIR-NY's Ghazi Khankan started with the obligatory disclaimer that "those who attack civilians are wrong," but then he explained that any Israeli adult was a "soldier" and thus not a civilian.
Mr. Khankan rationalized as follows: "Anyone over 18 is automatically inducted into the service and they are all reserves. Therefore, Hamas, in my opinion, looks at them as part of the military." Driving home the point that it's OK to blow up any Israeli adult, Mr. Khankan added, "Those who are below 18 should not be attacked." (When asked about this speech but not being told who gave it Mr. Hooper said, "I condemn it.")
CAIR co-sponsored a May 1998 New York conference titled, "Palestine: 50 Years of Occupation," where one of the guest speakers taught participants a song that included lyrics: "No to the Jews, descendants of the apes." Mr. Hooper insists that CAIR was not a co-sponsor of the event and added, "I don't even know if that happened." But an e-mail sent out to a Muslim e-mail list the day before the event clearly identifies CAIR as one of the 11 co-sponsors and audiotape of the conference (provided by the Investigative Project) recorded the anti-Semitic song. Even when given the opportunity by journalists to "call on the carpet" designated terrorist organizations, Mr. Hooper demurs.
When asked by The Washington Post in November 2001 if he would condemn Hamas and Islamic Jihad, Mr. Hooper responded, "It's not our job to go around denouncing." Asked by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in February 2002 to condemn Hamas and Hezbollah, Mr. Hooper called such questions a "game" and explained, "We're not in the business of condemning."
Asked in an America-Online-sponsored chat in August 1998 who was responsible the terrorists or America for the East Africa embassy bombings, Mr. Hooper wrote that, although he condemned the bombings, "a great deal of what happened is responsible due to misunderstandings on both sides."
Michael Graham is the Freeper "suspects":
I'm glad to see that the station is supporting him.
On Fox and Friends there was someone from the Heritage Foundation saying the Terror Imams should not deported for calling for jihad against the West. His thesis was they should be countered with the truth.
I will be following this story to see what happens to someone who does just that.
I agree! What isn't true about what he said? When are we going to wake up to the fact that we have a dangerous fifth column in our midst. After they nuke NY or LA? Deport the enemy aliens now! The cost will pale in comparison to rebuilding a major city and our economy after a nuclear or biological attack.
The truth about Islam keeps unearthing itself. CAIR can't bury it deep enough.
About time any and all media call islam what it actually is.
Hasn't the guy noticed that those who counter jihad with the truth tend to get slaughtered?
They're more interested in shouting down the messanger than addressing the cold, hard truth of the message.
If they're not willing to re-write their 'book', then Islam must be destroyed, root and branch. It is a religion - no, strike that - it is a CULT of blood, death and hatred.
Unfortunately, it will require a casualty-filled event before out govt wakes up to our unprotected border as well as the enemy in our midst.
"The question of resistance to murderous Islamofascism is a God-given right. And people can use any means possible for them. They have no limitation," Mr. Noumenon explained.
I certainly have.
Warning! This is a high-volume ping list.
So, how long has the UK been "occupied" by the infidels? Is that their answer on the 7/7 attacks? Are they resisting occupation? I think not.
What London poll? Where?
[[If WMAL doesn't feel embarrassed and doesn't want to defend its reputation in the face of anti-Muslim bigotry, then there's not much we can do about it."]]
Oh yes there is. You can start by purging Islam of the terrorists and hatemonges amoung yourselves. Then you can declare a fatwah against Osama Bin Laden, Simon al-Zawahri, and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. C'mon hoola Hooper, step up and let's see who's side you are really on. As a matter of fact, I think I will start a movement (petition) to see how many imams will step up and do the same...that is....issue a fatwah against these three islamic terrorist turds. In other words, a loyalty oath! Time put put up or shut the f$uck up. How many takers do you think we will have?
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