Skip to comments.CAIR: Paul Harvey Says Islam 'Encourages Killing'(Group Seeks On-Air Apology)
Posted on 12/05/2003 6:18:42 AM PST by veronica
Islamic Civil Rights Group Seeks On-Air Apology
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling for an on-air apology from syndicated radio commentator Paul Harvey who said on his Thursday program that Islam "encourages killing."
Harvey, who has 24 million weekly listeners on some 1,600 radio stations in this country and around the world, made that claim during his Thursday noon commentary.
In that segment, Harvey described the bloody nature of cock fight gambling in Iraq and said: "Add to the thirst for blood a religion which encourages killing, and it is entirely understandable if Americans came to this bloody party unprepared."
TO LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT, GO TO: http://www.paulharvey.com/ Click on the Thursday noon program. The section with the offensive quote begins at 6:53. The quote itself begins at 8:25.
"We had hoped that a respected broadcast professional like Mr. Harvey would not join the growing number of Islamophobic hate-mongers in our society," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "He falsely attributes to Islam two things that are specifically prohibited by our faith, murder and cruelty to animals." (Islam also prohibits gambling.)
Hooper quoted the Prophet Muhammad, who said one of the "biggest of (the great sins)" is "to murder a human being." (Sahih Al-Bukhari, 9:10) He also cited the Quran, Islam's revealed text, which states that when someone takes another's life, "it would be as if he slew all mankind." (Quran, 5:32)
On animal cruelty, the Prophet said: "A woman was punished [by God] because of a cat. She had neither provided it with food nor drink, nor set it free so that it might eat the creatures of the earth." (Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1047)
In another tradition related by the Prophet, a man was rewarded by God for helping a thirsty animal. The man, who had just climbed down a well to get water for himself, saw a dog panting and licking mud because of excessive thirst. He went down the well again and filled his shoe with water for the dog. God thanked him for that deed and forgave his sins.
After relating that story, the Prophet was asked: "Is there a reward for us in serving animals?" He replied: "Yes, there is a reward for serving any (living being)." (Sahih Al-Bukhari, 3:646)
In other Islamic traditions, the Prophet prohibited capturing young birds because of the distress caused to their mother, and rebuked his companions who burnt an ant hill.
Hooper also cited the Quran, which says: "There is no beast that walks on earth and no bird that flies on its two wings that is not [God's] creature ... Unto their Sustainer shall they [all] be gathered." (Quran, 6:38)
In 1999, Harvey issued an on-air apology to Muslims for remarks suggesting that Islam was a "fraudulent religion." The apology came after hundreds of concerned Muslims called, faxed and e-mailed both Harvey's office and that of ABC Radio Networks, his program's syndicator.
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 25 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: email@example.com; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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This will continue until the leftists -- including the sexual polymorph advocates -- achieve their goal of making "hate speech" illegal. At that point, they won't ask for an apology; they'll just call for prosecution. It's already happened in Canada...
Yes. And killing non-muslims is encouraged, unless they are "people of the Book" (Jews and Christians), in which case their lives are to be spared IF they pay a weekly bribe (called a "djidjia")to the muslim authorities (in my wife's native Morocco, this was done every Thursday).
There are lots of ignorant people out there (including people with PhD's), who say that muslims did not persecute Jews or Christians. According to these ignorant folk (mostly dreamy liberals), having someone come to your house every week and threaten you with "Cash, Conversion or de-Capitation" doesn't qualify as "persecution."
Isn't that sufficient condemnation?
It certainly isn't. If Baptists were planting bombs in the parking lots of mosques, and Billy Graham was praising it and calling for more while saying muslims eat the livers of Christian children as part of their Ramadan feasting, then other Baptists would be expected to specifically name, condemn and openly excommunicate Rev Graham, and demand that he be banned from every Baptist pulpit in the world.
If it is true that Hooper is in fact somehow enraged about memorials to suicide-killers in Ramallah, or the vile Jew-hating filth of the Arab press, then let me say that he is far too inarticulate to serve in his current post, claiming to "represent" the muslims community in the US.
See the Real History of the Crusades at
Unfortunately, Hooper wouldn't do it because Hooper is not a serious man.
So how come nobody knows where the battlefields are?
I'm sorry, but this BS has my blood pressure up. If 98% of the muslims are opposed to religious mayhem and butchery, why is the vast majority so ineffective in putting the violence-preaching people out? Hasn't Allah given them any strength at all?
That is a very valid point. At the risk of seeming like a tin-foil hat type, the ultimate goals of the more extreme left (of which the media is often a powerful and sometimes unwitting tool), can only be achieved through a complete upheaval of the existing order. It is in their best interest to foment chaos in every aspect of the current structure. If people can be convinced that there are fundamental problems with the existing order, they will be more receptive to radical changes.
From "The Real History of the Crusades" linked in post 45.
Couldn't be any clearer.
I am curious to know in what ways Paul Harvey has promoted feminism. Thanks.