Did Muslim Lobby get “Gopher” Fired?
Former TV actor and Congressman Fred Grandy says he was fired from his job as a talk radio host because of pressure from CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Grandy says it happened after his wife had some choice words for radical Islam on his radio show.
Officials at radio station WMAL in Washington D.C. say morning host Fred Grandy resigned on his own, but Grandy says he was essentially forced to leave after his wife, also an outspoken critic of radical Islam, was cut from his program.
Grandy supporters are accusing the station of being “Sharia-compliant,” a reference to Islamic law, and with caving in to pressure from the Council on American Islamic-Relations (CAIR), a Muslim lobbying organization that combats what it calls “Islamophobia” in the media.
Grandy's wife, Catherine Mann, says it's a sad day when ""You're not allowed to talk about what's happening in your country." A spokesman for CAIR says it had nothing to do with Grandy's resignation.
Grandy is a former Republican Congressman from Iowa, and a former TV actor remembered for his role on the long running 1970s TV show "The Love Boat."
This is the second time WMAL has cut someone for making or allowing controversial statements about radical Islam on the air. In 2005, Michael Graham was fired after describing Islam as a “terrorist organization” and refusing to apologize for it.