Muslims Attend Talk-Radio Workship

May 25, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times,0,7521101.story

On May 25, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "tired of hearing their religion bashed on talk radio, about 30 [CA] Muslims listened to insider secrets Saturday on how 'Rehan from Rancho Palos Verdes' or 'Maryam from Diamond Bar' can get a word in edgewise on the air... Most of the participants were longtime listeners of talk radio, but had never made a call. Instead, the Muslims said, they usually sit in their cars, seething as talk-show hosts generalize about how their faith is violent, hateful, backward and oppressive... [Leslie] Marshall, a Pasadena resident who has worked for a number of major-market television and radio stations and now freelances for MSNBC, said a double standard exists when abortion clinic bombers aren't labeled as Christian fundamentalists, extremists or terrorists, and suicide bombers in the Middle East always are identified as Islamic... 'The perception is Islam equals terrorism, and that hasn't gone away,' said Marshall, who is married to an American Muslim physician. And part of changing the perception is getting more peace-loving Muslim voices on talk radio."