Press Release Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations
Boston Radio Host Says Kill All Muslims; Islamic Civil Rights Group Calls for Host's Termination
Friday April 23, 7:18 pm ET
WASHINGTON, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called for the termination of a Boston-area radio talk show host who allegedly said, "Let's kill all Muslims."
CAIR made that demand after receiving a complaint from a concerned Muslim who heard WTKK-FM (www.969fmtalk.com) host Jay Severin's Thursday afternoon program. WTKK-FM General Manager Matt Mills told CAIR that in a discussion about how Severin claims Muslims want to take over America, even if it takes centuries, Severin said, "I've got an idea, let's kill all Muslims."
"I have spoken to Jay Severin and he knows we take this seriously and do not condone offensive remarks toward any religious groups and he will be apologizing on his show Monday afternoon," said Mills in an e-mail. "He did not intend to offend anyone."
Yet, Mills also acknowledged to CAIR that if Severin had said the same thing about African-Americans that he would no longer be on the air.
"We believe a mere reprimand and apology is insufficient and demand that he be taken off the air as he would be if he had attacked any other religious or ethnic group," said CAIR's Chairman of the Board Omar Ahmad.
Ahmad added that such hateful rhetoric has a direct impact on the American Muslim community. He cited examples of anti-Muslim incidents that took place recently in Texas, such as a shooting at a Denton mosque, an e-mailed threat against the Islamic Center of El Paso (tge Deo arrest in this case), arson attacks on Muslim businesses in San Antonio and racist graffiti scrawled on the interior of a Lubbock mosque.
The alarming increase of hate crimes against the Muslim community required CAIR today to issue a security advisory for American Muslims. The "Muslim Community Safety Kit" booklet, designed to help local Islamic leaders protect institutions and individuals, may be obtained by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 202-488-8787.
Last week, CAIR announced a new campaign designed to counter anti-Muslim hate on radio talk shows. The campaign, called "Hate Hurts America," is based on the premise that the increasing attacks on Islam by talk show hosts harm the United States by creating a downward spiral of interfaith mistrust and hostility.
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
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Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations