Boston Radio Host Says Kill All Muslims; Islamic Civil Rights Group Calls for Host's Termination

Apr 23, 2004, 01:00 ET from Council on American-Islamic Relations

    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 pubs@cair-net.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