Michael Graham, conservative writer and radio talk show host, has been suspended from his job at WMAL in DC without pay for comments he made on the radio and in a piece he wrote for Jewish World Review in which he harshly criticized Islam. La Shawn Barber linked up to the piece yesterday. In it, Graham wrote:
I take no pleasure in saying it. It pains me to think it. I could very well lose my job in talk radio over admitting it. But it is the plain truth:
Islam is a terror organization.
For years, I’ve been trying to give the world’s Muslim community the benefit of the doubt, along with the benefit of my typical-American’s complete disinterest in their faith. Before 9/11, I knew nothing about Islam except the greeting “asalaam alaikum,” taught to me by a Pakistani friend in Chicago.
Immediately after 9/11, I nodded in ignorant agreement as President Bush assured me that “Islam is a religion of peace.”
But nearly four years later, nobody can defend that statement. And I mean “nobody.”
Like Michelle Malkin, I don’t consider all Muslims terrorists nor do I believe that Islam is a terrorist organization. But Graham (who perhaps could have worded his piece a little better) wrote what a lot of people (and I’d bet a good deal of his listeners) are feeling right now towards Islam. It’s a shame that instead of letting him stick around to defend his comments, the station he worked for saw fit to handle this issue in the manner they did.
People in this country are getting beyond fed up that honest people like Michael Graham, who dared speak openly and frankly about his feelings on Islam, are being punished without reason while some imams across the country get to spread hate and ‘death to America’ in their mosques freely. It’s time to stop being politically correct and to start recognizing the enemy we face. How many times does that need to be said?