CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Talk show host Bill Cunningham, whose nickname is the Cunning Ham, has riled up the Islamic community by saying on the air earlier this week that the goal of their religion is "sex with children for eternity." Cunningham's weekday radio show on 700 WLW-AM goes into national syndication on 325 stations later this week. He takes over Matt Drudge's Sunday night radio time slot at the end of the month.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is irate and demanding a rebuke of Cunningham from Clear Channel, the station's corporate parent. So far, nothing, says CAIR's Cincinnati executive director Karen Dabdoub. Cunningham was on the air railing against Islamic militants Tuesday when he said their goal was to die violently, meet virgins in paradise, and diddle kiddies. The way he constructed his sentence appeared to make child sex a tenet of the Muslim faith.
"The great war of this generation's time is the war against Islamic fascists . . . They do not live for life, they live for death. Only through death can they believe they can be with those 72 virgins in heaven and have sex with children for eternity, which is the goal of that religion."
CAIR said the remark promotes anti-Muslim hatred and will have a negative impact on America's image overseas. Cunningham's comment unquestionably will be spread far and wide by the Internet over coming days. CAIR has an audio clip of Cunningham's remark and called it evidence of increasing evidence of intolerance against members of the Islamic faith in the United States.