Blog contained threats of violence like 'I want [Muslim] blood on my hands'
WASHINGTON, Dec. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced today that an anti-Muslim Internet hate site that contained a number of threats of violence targeting mosques, including the comment "I want [Muslim] blood on my hands," has been taken down by its hosting company.
CAIR said visitors to "Bare Naked Islam," hosted by WordPress.com, now see the message: "barenakedislam.wordpress.com is no longer available. This blog has been archived or suspended for a violation of our Terms of Service."
[NOTE: "Bare Naked Islam" was one of the major promoters of the campaign to pressure Lowe's to drops its ads from TLC's "All-American Muslim."]
Last month, CAIR called on the FBI to investigate the threats of violence targeting mosques posted on the blog and urged WordPress.com to remove it for violating the hosting company's terms of service (TOS), which prohibit blogs that "contain threats or incite violence towards individuals or entities." Articles and comments posted on "Bare Naked Islam" urged attacks on and desecration of American and European mosques.
CAIR has been monitoring "Bare Naked Islam" and filed a number of TOS violation reports with Wordpress.com.
[NOTE: At CAIR's request, WordPress.com last year deleted a similar blog that contained posts advocating burning mosques, making false bomb threats implicating Muslims, desecrating Muslim graves, and recommending the "proper way to shoot a muslim [sic]."]
"We welcome the removal of such a vicious anti-Muslim hate site and thank Wordpress.com for upholding its terms of service prohibiting calls to violence by bloggers," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "While we are strong supporters of First Amendment rights, the encouragement of violent acts goes beyond constitutional protections of free speech."
Awad said a number of recent reports have documented the growth and promotion of Islamophobia nationwide.
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