Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Freedom Under Attack

In the Islamic tradition of Salman Rushdie and and Theo van Gogh, radio show host Michael Graham has been fired from his job thanks to Islamic pressure group CAIR. The story, thanks to Rebecca at Jihad Watch, outlines the story. Following that is a letter from Hugh FitzGerald on organizing a boycott of the station that sacked Michael Graham. What? Will they kill the man next?

We urge you to forward this story to those you know. If you live within the listening area of WMAL, let the station know you don't want Hamas front-men telling you how to live and what you can hear on your radio. Pass the word. Whisper if you're afraid.

CAIR Crows over Graham Firing

"CAIR Hails Firing of Michael Graham" from CNS, with thanks to Andy Bostom.

An Islamic civil rights group Monday praised the firing of a Washington, D.C., radio talk show host it criticized for claiming that "Islam is a terrorist organization."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) welcomed Michael Graham's ouster from WMAL following his initial suspension without pay for controversial remarks against Islam.

"Just as Michael Graham has the right to hold bigoted views, so, too, does our society have the right to live free of hatred and incitement," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad in a statement.

"We are saddened that Michael Graham would not take responsibility for his hate-filled words, but we do welcome WMAL's action as a step toward reducing the level of anti-Muslim bigotry on our nation's airwaves," said Awad...

Posted by Rebecca at August 23, 2005 05:56 PM

What can be done by way of getting not only the attention of WMAL, and its owners, but of all other stations? Appeals to morality or decency will not work. Economic damage can work. How can such economic damage be inflicted? Possibly by all those who are outraged making clear that those who continue to advertise on WMAL, whatever the program, will see their goods and services relentlessly boycotted. This could be announced by a group of listeners at a press conference -- that they will not tolerate this kind of censorship. At the press conference they can quote from Qur'an, Hadith, and Sira about the advice to strike "terror" into the hearts of enemies, and other useful passages (e.g., 9.29). Let the local news, let the newspapers, report. And report too on the boycott, and the urging of others to join that boycott.

It it is a matter of numbers, and of determination. Are there not enough people willing, inside and outside of the WMAL listening area, who are willing to boycott every single one of the companies that advertises on WMAL? Everyone should be delighted to do so.

So who lives in Washington who comes to this site, and who is willing to organize, and announce, such a boycott? It costs nothing, after all. It costs only the intent to choose Goods & Services X rather than Goods & Services Y, Company A over Company B, all based on the fact that Y, and B, both continue to advertise on WMAL.

Posted by: Hugh [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 23, 2005 08:21 PM

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