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Press TV – ‘Savage Nation’ fueling Islamophobia in US Sunday, 17 August, 2008

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Sat, 16 Aug 2008 12:28:17 GMT
By Ashkan Kazemian, Press TV, Tehran

Michael Savage

A recent lawsuit filed by radio host and author Michael Savage against Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is one of the latest acts of racism against Muslims in the United States.

Savage, who is often criticized for his fascist and racist opinions, sued Washington-based CAIR for copyright infringement, saying the council had rebroadcast over four minutes from his radio show The Savage Nation on their website as an example of the bigotry and hatred against Muslims in the US.

The excerpts had placed the San Francisco-based host’s hateful comments against Islam, Muslims and their holy book, Qur’an, on their website. Savage had also linked CAIR to terrorist organizations.

A federal district court in California dismissed Savage’s suit in July, maintaining that the use of limited portions of the material for commentary and criticism falls within copyright law’s fair use exception.

Savage’s lawsuit against CAIR was dismissed in July.

However, the incident has indicated that there is a good deal of effort in US media to somehow make a connection between Islam and terrorism.

In his show, Savage linked CAIR with the September 11, 2001 attacks, proving that there are radio and TV programs which can freely express racist ideas just as there are magazines which freely publish insulting images of the Prophet of Islam and a Guantanamo Bay that desecrates the Qur’an.

CAIR and Muslims have not been the only targets of Savage’s talk shows. He was recently condemned by all but one San Francisco Board of Supervisors for his anti-Mexican immigrant radio commentary.

In line with Savage’s accusations, the federal government has recently claimed that CAIR had once provided Hamas with $12 million in funds. Savage’s claim was also backed by US Republican Sue Myrick, who says “Groups like CAIR have a proven record of senior officials being indicted and either imprisoned or deported from the United States.”

Her comments come while CAIR vice-chairman received the ACLU’s 2003 Liberty’s Flame Award ‘for contributions to the advancement and protection of civil liberties.’

It seems that Savage’s lawsuit is more than just a copyright violation case. He has cleverly used the federal court as a means to attract more listeners to anti-Islam comments on talk shows such as his, which are backed by authorities as a sign of support for the so-called freedom of speech.

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1. Tony Kondaks - Sunday, 17 August, 2008

For anyone who loves freedom, the defeat of the Savage lawsuit is a cause for celebration.

Savage hookwinked us all by telling us that this lawsuit was a cause for free speech. Yeah, it was about free speech but it was CAIR’s free speech that was being infringed, not Savage’s. Indeed, if Savage had prevailed, first amendment rights would have lessened for all of us.

America is such a great country that we even extend free speech to questionable organisations like CAIR.

Michael Savage is an ENEMY of free speech:

http://tinyurl.com/27ladx

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