Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Fight Savage’s Anti-Muslim Hate Speech

It’s time to stop the anti-Muslim hate speech. We begin with super-bigot demagogue Michael Savage. Yes, I believe in freech speech. Yes, I love Voltaire’s dictum, “I may disagree with everything you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” But we don’t have to pay for it. Hate speech creates an atmosphere of fear that leads to crimes created by a mob mentality.  In the 1930s, Henry Ford bought a newspaper and used it to spew anti-Jewish propaganda–that was so vindictively anti-semitic that Adolf Hitler praised Henry Ford in Mein Kampf and later gave him a medal. The renegade Catholic priest, Fr. Joseph Coughlin, used a radio show to spew such anti-semitic bigotry across the airwaves. So successful was this anti-Jewish propaganda here in the land of the free that, even as the Nazis began their anti-Jewish campaigns in the ’30s, polls showed that 50% of Americans believed Jews brought at least some of this treatment on themselves! (Source for that statistic: The Jewish Americans series on PBS.  It is worth watching.)

Now, this same kind of bigotry campaign is targetting Muslims. We cannot stand back and let it happen.  Those of us who are Christians have specifically religious obligations to stop it: including the commands against bearing false witness, the commands to love neighbors and enemies, the command to treat others as we would want to be treated.  Some of us come from traditions that have known our own persecution–and in that history we would have wanted others to speak out on our behalf. Now our Muslim sisters and brothers need that kind of courage from us.  This is not about whose religion is right or wrong. This is not about questions of soteriology (exclusive, inclusive, etc.), but about simple truthtelling and defending the rights and dignity of our neighbors and fellow citizens.

We begin by taking on the demagogue Michael Savage.  See the following video. Then go to NoSavage.org and take action: email him and call his talk show to protest. Contact his sponsors and urge them to pull out or we boycott their products–we do not have to pay for his hate speech. (One major sponsor has already pulled out.) Does Savage have free speech? Absolutely. In this country, he can spew whatever bile he wants without fear of arrest. But we DON’T have to give him a microphone. Do something. Fight back against this bile, now.

January 18, 2008 - Posted by | civil liberties, interfaith, Islam, peacemaking, prejudice, religious liberty, U.S. politics


  1. Yuck. Fox calls him a “superstar”. Free speech – telling lies and inciting violence. Lock him up and lose the key. I hope his voice is silenced – he’s an ignorant demon.

    Comment by steph | January 19, 2008

  2. Well, see, Steph, if we arrest him for his views, whose to say they won’t arrest me for my views when they are unpopular. No, bigots have free speech, too. But we CAN and SHOULD remove their microphones by removing their financing. It’s already working. Now, SEVERAL of Savage’s sponsors have pulled out just since yesterday! If we keep this up, he’ll soon be off the airwaves.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | January 19, 2008

  3. No, I know you can’t lock him up but he’s repulsive. Good news now though. And good on you, too.

    Comment by steph | January 19, 2008

  4. I would hate to live with the fear and frustration that must be behind that anger. Unfortunately, as the economy declines and the desperate search for scapegoats begins in earnest, I expect to see more, rather than less, of this hate mongering.

    Comment by eyemkmootoo | January 20, 2008

  5. 84-WHAS’s decision to air Michael Savage was the last straw; I no longer listen to WHAS. As if airing Rush Limbaugh and Coast to Coast AM wasn’t enough, they kicked the local talk-show veteran Elliott off the air to allow 3 hours of Savage Nation. They have no soul!

    His program is like a gory horror film – no one in their right mind should WANT to sponsor it or take it in. But by gosh there are too many people who love to be offended every now and then.

    Comment by Jeremy | January 21, 2008

  6. I wouldn’t yell and scream it, but his message is correct. Islam is not a “peaceful religion”, they only make peace until they gain enough strength fr war. Look what happens in Israel. There Muslims call for peace until they are armed to strike at Israel, then Israel strikes back at them, the militant groups run back to their strongholds and negotiate “peace” until they are strong enough to make another strike at Israel!

    In England and Europe while the the numbers of Muslims were low, they had “peace” but as the numbers of Muslims increased the Muslim populations have grown more belligerent! In the US there are camps being set up in places where Muslims have been reported for firing AK-47s and such on the property. I seem to recall at least one such compound in Ohio in the news fairly recently.

    They also have the tendency to try to implement sharia law in the nations where their populations grow enough.

    I would not think that belittling some one for their religion would be productive, but we also cannot be ignorant of the devices the Koran espouses for dealing with infidels! The Koran says it’s ok to lie to an infidel and to kill them if they do not convert! it says that a Muslim should not have a Christian or Jewish friend!

    Such beliefs are not conducive to a free and open society. One or the other is going to have to convert to the other’s side, or the two sides are going to clash by force.

    Comment by Dave | April 17, 2008

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