Savage Loses in Court - Help CAIR Fight Bigotryþ
From: The Staff at CAIR (info@...
Dear CAIR Supporter,
Over the years, Muslim radio listeners nationwide have complained to
CAIR about talk show host Michael Savage's vicious attacks on Islam.
You asked us to take action, and we did. In retaliation, Savage sued
CAIR, but last week his lawsuit was thrown out of court. Today, CAIR
is asking you to help us continue our fight on your behalf. Hate
speech should not be accepted in our society, and Savage should not
succeed in silencing our voices.
We hope you will join us in celebrating what many are calling a huge
victory for freedom of speech.
Last year during a nationally-syndicated radio broadcast, host
Michael Savage screamed attacks on Muslims, Islam and the Quran.
Savage's anti-Muslim rant included: "I don't wanna hear anymore
about Islam. I don't wanna hear one more word about Islam. Take your
religion and shove it up your behind. I'm sick of you."
To listen to Savage's anti-Muslim rant, click here
As you know, CAIR's response to these attacks, coupled with the
efforts of other like-minded organizations, cost Savage advertisers
like Sears, Sam's Club and GEICO Insurance. He told reporters that
he lost more than $1 million in revenue.
In response to our anti-hate campaign, Savage sued CAIR. He claimed
that our replaying of his bigoted remarks infringed on
his "copyright." We simply believed people had a right to hear and
judge his hate-filled words for themselves.
THE GOOD NEWS: In a ruling issued on Friday, Federal Judge Susan
Illston dismissed Savage's lawsuit against CAIR.
In her ruling, Judge Illston wrote that the lawsuit Savage filed
was "a dispute about...the protections of the First Amendment,
protections upon which plaintiff (himself) relies for his livelihood
and the airing of his radio program." Judge Illston also implied
that the lawsuit may have been brought in an effort to "harass" CAIR.
See: District Court Spanks Michael Savage
We could not have won this case without the help we have received
from supporters like you. Despite this legal victory, our work
continues. Savage's attorney has been quoted in the media as saying
they plan to file another complaint against us.
Freedom is not free. Justice does not defend itself. Lawsuits are
costly. This case, part of defending the truth about muslims and
their faith , has channeled resources away from our normal civil
rights and advocacy work. Michael Savage's malicious words are not
only directed at Muslims. He has issued on-air insults against
immigrants, African-Americans, women, and most recently autistic
children, who he called "brats" and "morons."
See: In Wake of Protests, Advertisers Don't Want to Support 'Savage
CAIR needs to continue shining a public spotlight on people like
Michael Savage who do not speak for the majority of Americans, and
who only serve to divide America along religious, ethnic and racial
Ahmed Rehab told the San Francisco Chronicle that CAIR will continue
to stand up to Savage's bigotry and will not be bogged down by his
knack for retaliatory fluff lawsuits.
Such lawsuits are often a strategy designed to deplete our much
needed funds and weaken our ability to defend the truth and fight
for justice. Savage has had his say. Now you can have yours. While
he tries to destroy your community organizations through frivolous
lawsuits, you can redouble your efforts to help build them through
your immediate action today. This is your fight.
Your financial support TODAY will help ensure that CAIR is able to
provide work on your behalf for many years to come.
The Staff at CAIR
P.S. We attribute this legal triumph over hate both to the support
of people like you and other groups who believed in our work. We
were represented in court by the well-respected law firm of Davis
Wright Tremaine and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. We
coordinated media coverage of this issue with organizations such as
Hate Hurts America and Brave New Films.
Donations to CAIR are tax-deductible and zakat eligible
CAIR is a not-for-profit organization recognized as tax-exempt under
U.S. Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).
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