Muslims See Hypocrisy on Hate Speech

Radio host's slur seen as evidence of US double standard
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2007 6:20 PM CST
Muslims See Hypocrisy on Hate Speech
Radio talk show host Michael Savage is seen at his home Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, in Tiburon, Calif. Savage has sued an Islamic civil rights group Monday for copyright infringement. He said the Council on American-Islamic Relations violated his rights by wrongfully using a 4-minute segment of his Oct. 29...   (Associated Press)

After radio host Michael Savage took potshots at Islam, the relatively muted response has left Muslim Americans with a question: Where's the outrage? A handful of advertisers have pulled out, but the reaction is nowhere near as strong as it was, say, when Don Imus made an anti-black slur, the Christian Science Monitor notes. Savage is not alone voicing anti-Muslim sentiments, and many see a double standard at play.

 “There's a much greater public level of acceptance of denigrating Muslims,” one advocate said. Anti-Islam sentiment is rising in the US, with unfavorable opinions of Muslims up to 35% from 29% in 2002, according to a Pew poll. The situation echoes the bias against Japanese Americans during WWII, said a prof at Northeastern. (Read more Michael Savage stories.)

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