Trend-setting radio talk show host Michael Savage has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Council on Islamic-American Relations, and has accused the organization of being a “political vehicle of international terrorism” that seeks to do “material harm to those voices who speak against the violent agenda of CAIR’s clients.”
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in California, seeks damages equal to the ongoing donations from CAIR supporters “who expect CAIR to act in this manner in exchange for continuing financial support” as well as “actual damages according to proof.”
A spokesman for Savage indicated the top-rated talk show host would have no further comment, saying the text of the lawsuit itself would answer questions.
The focal point of the lawsuit is a series of audio clips CAIR has been using in its promotions and fundraising efforts.
Those comments from Savage’s show include his criticisms of Islam and Muslims, including:
“I’m not gonna put my wife in a hijab. And I’m not gonna put my daughter in a burqa. And I’m not getting’ on my all-fours and braying to Mecca. And you could drop dead if you don’t like it. You can shove it up your pipe. I don’t wanna hear any more about Islam. I don’t wanna hear one more word about Islam. Take your religion and shove it up your behind. I’m sick of you.”
But the lawsuit maintains such comments, taken in context, are Savage’s verbal expression of the feelings of many Americans.
Another statement targeted by CAIR, and subject of the lawsuit, was:
“What sane nation that worships the U.S. Constitution, which is the greatest document of freedom ever written, would bring in people who worship a book that tells them the exact opposite? Make no mistake about it, the Quran is not a document of freedom. The Quran is a document of slavery and chattel. It teaches you that you are a slave.”
CAIR, however “expropriated” Savage’s comments, including those from the Oct. 29, 2007, show and used them “for fund-raising purposes” and “in a manner designed to cause harm to the value of the copyright material in the long and short term,” the lawsuit said.
“Michael Savage’s right to speech is protected by both the First Amendment and in Savage’s view is also biblically required. “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3:7-8). It is essence of freedom that voices can be raised strongly and without fear of illegal retaliation,” the claim continued.
“CAIR attempted to silence Michael Savage by stealing his work, misrepresenting it and then seeking to have advertisers drop his show. This is a violation of Michael Savage’s rights to speech and to his religious beliefs,” the action said.And the action noted the FBI has concluded the IAP is “a Hamas front … (that is) controlled by Hamas, it brings Hamas leaders to the U.S., it does propaganda for Hamas.”
The action seeks a jury trial, plus “general and special damages” for the actions that were “wanton, willful and malicious.”
* Savage, of course, lives in the land of the free and has a huge audience behind him. Also, the producers of his radio station are not cowards like so many others who cave in the moment a Muslim in Bangladesh gets a cough. That’s why we have this awful situation here in India:
Indian Muslims to meet on Taslima row
* A shameful act by a corrupt, shortsighted government. India won’t protect her, so Taslima sees herself forced to rewrite her book and take the offensive passages out. Not that a Muslim would ever read it, but when the imam’s and the mufti’s call for jihad and the Muhammedan mob goes ape shit in the streets and does what good Muslims always do, the politicians run for cover. A bit like the despicable Dutch wankers who withdraw their support from Ayaan Ali Hirsi.
NEW DELHI – Hardline Indian Muslim groups said they would meet on Sunday to decide whether to keep up demands for the expulsion of Bangladesh author Taslima Nasreen, hounded into hiding by protests against her.
The Milli Ittehad Parishad, an umbrella alliance of 12 Muslim groups, on Saturday announced the meeting, a day after Nasreen promised to remove passages from her autobiography that some Muslims found offensive.
“The Milli Ittehad Parishad has called a meeting to take a unanimous stand on Taslima Nasreen,” Siddikulla Chowdhury, general secretary of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, one of the member organisations, told AFP.
The dozen groups have been demanding her deportation from India for “hurting the religious sentiment of Muslims in India.”
* Muslims have a long tradition of ‘hurting the religious sentiments’ of all other religious groups in India by bombing their religious festivals and a history of jihad with more than 100 million skeletons in the closet. India would be well advised to tell the Muslims to shove it. But they won’t.
Nasreen, who has lived in Kolkata since 2004, said on Friday she hoped the move to take out the controversial passages from her autobiography “Dikhandito” or “Split into Two” would enable her to to live peacefully in India.
The federal government has pledged to protect Nasreen and moved her to a safe house outside New Delhi last weekend after thousands of Muslims rioted in her adopted home city, demanding her ejection from India.
But the government warned her not to make any statements that might “hurt the sentiments of our people” â€” a reference to India’s 140-million-plus Muslims.
A feminist author is to rewrite her autobiography after she was forced to flee from Muslim extremists who placed a bounty on her head.
Taslima Nasreen, 45, a former doctor, said today that she hoped that the move would appease fundamentalist groups and end a controversy that forced her to leave Calcutta last week.
Ms Nasreen had claimed that the religious references in Dwikhandito, which means Divided, are sourced from “universally accepted” books on Islamic history.
Today she relented under pressure and said that “controversial lines” relating to Islam from the autobiographical novel would be removed.