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Muslim group protests 'Raghead Cadaver' comment on Imus program


(RNS) The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a national Muslim civil liberties organization, is protesting comments made on talk show host Don Imus' program, which is nationally broadcast on radio and on television network MSNBC.

According to the Washington-based CAIR, on Nov. 19 an on-air personality pretended to be a "senior military affairs adviser" on the "Imus in the Morning" program. He referred to a wounded Iraqi who was shot and killed by a U.S. Marine in a mosque as a "booby-trapped raghead cadaver."

In a letter to NBC President Neal Shapiro, CAIR national communications director Ibrahim Hooper wrote, "We are firm defenders of the First Amendment, but these hate-filled and racist remarks can only serve to legitimize anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bigotry in our society and could lead to further discrimination against members of the Islamic and Arab-American communities."