Act Now Against Emerson’s
Defamation of Muslim Leader
IL: While at the Islamic Society of North America’s
annual convention in Chicago, the Muslim Public Affairs
Council September 2 called self-proclaimed terrorism expert
Steve Emerson’s defamation of renowned Muslim American
leader Dr. Maher Hathout in the New Republic Online and
a series of Fox News Channel appearances “an un-American
attempt to stifle free and open debate.”
MPAC also called on Muslim Americans and all people of conscience
to contact both the New Republic Online and Fox News to
demand that Hathout receive equal air time to the vicious
and baseless attacks.
Emerson’s latest vitriol follows an announcement by
the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations that
it will honor Hathout, who is Senior Advisor to MPAC and
chairman of the Islamic Center of Southern California, with
its prestigious John Allen Buggs Award for his outstanding
human relations work.
Hathout, who has dedicated his life to the service of God
and country, is an internationally renowned leader of mainstream
Islam, and the author of “In Pursuit of Justice: The
Jurisprudence of Human Rights in Islam” and “Jihad
vs. Terrorism” -- a set of books intended to educate
both Muslims and non-Muslims about Islam’s unwavering
opposition to oppression, terrorism, and tyranny. Hathout
is recognized by the vast majority of American Muslims as
one of the founding fathers of American Muslim intellectual
thought and tradition, and a leading advocate of nonviolence.
The hollow allegations broadcast in more than one million
American homes -- without challenge -- charge Hathout with
being a “Hezbollah apologist”. Throughout his
written and oral diatribe, Emerson displays a shocking disregard
to the cherished American values of democracy, such as the
right of dissent with honest and constructive debate.
SEE: “Counterproductive Counterterrorism: How Anti-Islamic
Rhetoric is Impeding America’s Homeland Security”
1. DEMAND THAT PRODUCERS AT FOX NEWS CHANNEL PROVIDE DR.
HATHOUT WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAR ON THE NETWORK AND
SPEAK FOR HIMSELF. Steve Emerson has appeared at least five
times on the network in the last 48 hours with vicious and
false accusations against Dr. Hathout, and called for the
LA Commission on Human Relations to reverse its decision
to honor Hathout.
HANNITY & COLMES
Senior Coordinator Producer: Dan Cohen
Phone: (212) 312-3000
FOX & FRIENDS
Executive Producer: David Clark
Phone: (212) 301-5352
2. WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR TO THE NEW REPUBLIC CHALLENGING
EMERSON’S FALSE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST DR. HATHOUT.
THE NEW REPUBLIC
Phone: (202) 508-4444
Editor in Chief: Martin Peretz (email@example.com)
Executive Editor: Peter Scoblic (firstname.lastname@example.org)
3. THANK THE LOS ANGELES COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS FOR
RECOGNIZING HATHOUT’S LIFELONG CONTRIBUTIONS TO BUILDING
MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AMONG ALL PEOPLE.
L.A. COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS
Executive Director: Robin Toma
Phone: (213) 974-7611
Hall of Records - Suite 1184
320 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012