Council of Anti American Islamic Radicals more outraged over radio host remarks then hundreds of Hajj deaths
Muslims can bar non Muslims from Mecca and vote for suicide bombers but talkshow can't say Islam is a "strange religion"
Race to the Kabah
This game helps children:
MIM: Bill Handel has said he will apologise for his Kaaba stampede comments when Muslims apologise for some of the atrocities committed by them....
Arab outrage over his radio remarks was widespread-but not a word was heard against the Saudi negligence which has made such deadly stampedes as much a part of the annual hajj as the stoning of the Kaa'ba itself!
Given that Muslims take yearly Hajj deaths in their stride - one marketing idea is a line of T-Shirts with slogans like "I survived the Hajj" "I got stoned at the Kaa'ba" and "Don't tread on me".
CA Muslims Seek Reprimand For Radio Host Who Mocked Hajj Deaths
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
CAIR ACTION ALERT #485
CA MUSLIMS SEEK REPRIMAND FOR RADIO HOST WHO MOCKED HAJJ DEATHS
Host jokes about ‘annual stampede report,' calls Islam a ‘strange religion'
(ANAHEIM, CA, 1/26/2006) - The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today called on a local radio station to reprimand one of its talk show hosts for mocking the recent deaths of hundreds of Muslims taking part in the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.
On January 12, morning host Bill Handel said:
Handel: "And what happens every year when you have a zillion Muslims...ah, you get stampedes, as I said earlier. You get, you know, hundreds of thousands of people pouring across and all you need is one...one little word: ‘Mohammad up there is a Jew.' (Imitates people screaming) Ahhhh! And they start screaming, right? Or, I think there's a fire here. Or...mouse on the floor, and everybody goes crazy..."
Handel: "...What they need is sort of ‘Mahmoud Nolan in the Sky' to control all this." (Note: Mike Nolan does the traffic report for KFI from his helicopter.)
Man with heavy accent: "This is Mahmoud Nolan. Hajj in the Sky. There is an accident...Ali lost his sandal on the on-ramp to the Martin Luther King, Jr. freeway..."
Handel: ". . .that's our annual stampede report from the Hajj, which we do every single year right here on KFI, and thank you to Mahmoud in the Sky."
Handel also referred to Islam as a "strange religion."
To listen to Handel's remarks, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/audio/handel.mp3
Muslims says Handel has a history of making Islamophobic remarks. In March 2004, he aired a skit that claimed Muslims have sex with animals, avoid bathing and are obsessed with killing Jews. KFI was forced to apologize after many Muslims responded to a CAIR alert about the incident.
"The deaths of hundreds of people engaged in religious observances is no laughing matter," said CAIR-LA Communications Director Sabiha Khan. "KFI needs to distance itself from Mr. Handel's unbelievable insensitivity by issuing a formal apology and a reprimand."
Hajj is one of the "five pillars" of the Islamic faith. (The other pillars include a declaration of faith, daily prayers, offering regular charity, and fasting during the month of Ramadan.) Pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for those who have the physical and financial ability to undertake the journey.
For background on other incidents of anti-Muslim hate on talk radio, go to:
CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-LA, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be firm but POLITE. Hostile comments WILL be used to further defame Islam and Muslims.) Contact KFI and Clear Channel Communications, the station's parent company, to demand that they apologize to the American Muslim community and reprimand Bill Handel for his Islamophobic remarks.