The recent sentencing of Egyptian University of South Florida student Ahmed Mohamed has sparked anti-Muslim hate speech across the Tampa Bay area and in particular on mainstream news sites.
(On June 13, 2008, Ahmed Bedier reacted to Mohamed's guilty plea deal, you can read it here)
It didn't take long for readers of Media General's Tampa Tribune interactive online news website TBO.com to spew (and fuel) anti-Muslim hate calling for violence against Muslims in response to ELAINE SILVESTRINI article Former USF Student Gets 15 Years For Aiding Terrorists (12/18/08). Some readers called for "killing" Muslims, "kicking every Muslim out of the country" and Muslim "Hunting Season Opens Soon."
TBO.com policy is to screen and moderate comments, however the site is known to ignore anti-Muslim hate speech. This trend is not healthy as it fuels hate that could incite violence against Americans who happen to be Muslim.
ACTION: TELL THE TAMPA TRIBUNE TO STOP FUELING ANTI-MUSLIM HATE
Politely contact the publisher and executive editor at the Tampa Tribune and ask that they not provide a forum that fuels racist and/or religious hate speech on their website. While we should all respect free speech, mainstream news organizations must not fuel hatred or incitement against any group.
Remember to reference the "TBO.com reader comments" to the 12/18 article "Former USF Student Gets 15 Years For Aiding Terrorists."
Click Here to email the editors now or copy and paste the below email addresses
Denise Palmer, Publisher: firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Coates, Executive Editor: email@example.com
HATE SPEECH AT TBO.COM
Below is a sampling of the troubling reader comments, to read all the comments on the TBO.com site, click here.
Posted by ( jetter1048 ) on 12/18/2008 at 03:29 pm.
Who here thinks all of us Americans need to get together and kick every Muslim out of this country??
Posted by ( skirtchsnbadguy ) on 12/18/2008 at 08:11 pm.
google "fitna video". Eye opening! These filthy muslims need to be dealt with swiftly!-------------
Posted by ( gng ) on 12/18/2008 at 08:30 pm.
Kill the bastards!!!!!!!!
Posted by ( TOMMYSOAP ) on 12/18/2008 at 01:48 pm.
I am still waiting for any rational excuse why Filthy Islam should be allowed to exsist in the West?----------
Posted by ( AnitaE ) on 12/18/2008 at 01:51 pm.
Why do these muslim idiots think their religion is the only religion? Get the hell out of the USA and live your demented lives in your own country.
Posted by ( 91stormvet ) on 12/18/2008 at 02:22 pm.
Allah Snackbar!! Hunting Season Opens Soon! Wake Up INFIDELS! lol
Execute him and send only his head back to his mother in Egypt.
Posted by ( worriedman ) on 12/18/2008 at 09:13 pm.
They should chop his head off and drag his body through the streets just like they have done to our soldiers. War is war.
Posted by ( northofcuba ) on 12/18/2008 at 02:25 pm.AnitaE - you don't get it, you and I are infidels. They can't just live and let live. You either join them or die, that simple.
Posted by ( kellieB ) on 12/18/2008 at 02:53 pm.
Having lived in the ME for many years,I can confidentially say that they scare the hell out of me. They call us "Dhoomi", the same slang they use for blacks, jews and christians....we are nothing to them, less than dirt and they are blessed if they kill us.One day we might wake up here in the USA and realise just what a danger these people really are.
Posted by ( succatash ) on 12/18/2008 at 05:59 pm.
THEIR SELF BLOWN UP BODIES SHOULD BEIDENTIFIED THROUGH DNA.......AND THEIR FAMILIES SHOULD PAY FORTHEIR CRIMES.... THEY DON'T CARE FORTHEIR OWN LIVES, OR OURS, PERHAPSTHE'LL CONSIDER A LITTLE MORE THECONSEQUENCES OF THEIR MINDLESS ACTIONS IF THEIR LOVED ONES WERE TO PAY THEPRICE OF THEIR ACTIONS
Posted by ( TOMMYSOAP ) on 12/18/2008 at 05:09 pm.
mlamarca; If you think the US Constitutions religious clause extends to so called "religions" that promote unequal rights, slavery, and death to apostates, I have a nice bridge to sell you.