CAIR Asks Radio Host to Apologize

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) asked for an apology from the host of a Los Angeles radio show for making fun of the Hajj stampede that killed hundreds of Muslims last month.

CAIR Asks Radio Host to Apologize

At least 363 pilgrims were killed and hundreds wounded in the Jan. 12 deadly stampede during the devil-stoning ritual.

The U.S.-based rights group demanded an official apology from KFI-AM 640 host Bill Handel, who made fun of the pilgrims' deaths during a segment he called the "Annual Stampede Report."

CAIR says that Handel imitated the pilgrims screaming and then joked that Muslims should use a helicopter to monitor Hajj traffic, as is done in Los Angeles with the freeways.

The group quoted Handel as saying: "This is Mahmoud Nolan. Hajj in the Sky. There is an accident. ... Ali lost his sandal on the on-ramp to the Martin Luther King Jr. freeway."

"The deaths of hundreds of people engaged in religious observances is no laughing matter," Sabiha Khan, CAIR's spokeswoman, said in a statement.

"KFI needs to distance itself from Mr. Handel's unbelievable insensitivity by issuing a formal apology and a reprimand."

In March 2004, KFI issued an on-air apology after CAIR filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission following a skit that claimed Muslims have sex with animals, don't bathe and hate Jews.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16