Texas Radio Host Calls For “Blowing Up” Potential New York Mosque
Michael Berry, a conservative radio talker on KTRH in Houston,advocated blowing up any mosque that might be built near Ground Zero.
In his response to a caller named “Tony” who supported the right to build the planned mosque in New York — an effort that has come under rhetorical attack by anti-Islam extremists — Berry said: “No, no, Tony, you can’t build a mosque at the site of 9/11. No, you can’t. No, you can’t. And I’ll tell you this — if you do build a mosque, I hope somebody blows it up. . .I hope the mosque isn’t built, and if it is, I hope it’s blown up, and I mean that.”
“Calls for acts of violence against houses of worship must never be tolerated or excused,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We ask the FCC to demonstrate that incitement to violence is never acceptable on our nation’s airwaves.”
He said Berry’s call to violence against an American mosque is of particular concern, coming as it does after a bombing at a mosque in Jacksonville, Fla., earlier this month.
Berry claims he “did not advocate bombing any mosque,” because “the supposed mosque does not exist.” But he then apologized for saying it should be blown up.
While I stand by my disagreement of the building of the mosque on the site, I SHOULD NOT have said ‘I hope someone blows it up.’ That was dumb, and beneath me. I was trying to show “Tony” how much I opposed his opinion, but I went too far. For that, I apologize to my listeners.Click here for reuse options!
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