Target: Roger Ailes, president of Fox News Channel
Goal: Apologize for religious prejudice in programming and prevent this from occurring in the future
Fox News is at the heart of a lot of controversy in the U.S., due primarily to the fact that despite claiming to be a “news network” and that they are “Fair and Balanced,” they invariably support conservative political movements and policies while denouncing anything they consider to be liberal. While almost every televised news program in the U.S. endorses one political party or the other, Fox News has proven itself as the most irresponsibly biased, especially when dealing with religious issues. Fox News hosts have contended many times that terrorism is defined as the violent behavior of radical Muslims, despite centuries’ worth of examples of other forms of terrorism.
Fox News hosts like Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly have claimed on air that terrorism is a distinctly Muslim activity, and they have used that assertion as “evidence” that Islam is a dangerous religion. There is no question that gross generalizations like this are the real danger, and that wantonly encouraging religious prejudice will likely lead to further violence of some kind in the future.
American children with Muslim parents are afraid to identify with their religious upbringing because of such rampant prejudice. To imply that a particular faith lends itself more to violence and extremism is simply incorrect, as it is easy to see that terrorism spawned from all kinds of beliefs throughout history, from each and every religion and each and every political belief. Fox News must be held accountable for this slander and must prevent it from occurring in the future.
Dear Mr. Ailes,
Comments made about religious extremism by your news broadcasters are incorrect and dangerously prejudicial. Multiple Fox News hosts have contended that terrorism is most closely associated with the Muslim faith; this is not only wildly inaccurate, but the implications are damaging to the overall health of our society. History can provide many, many examples of terrorism that have nothing to do with Islam, or any kind of religion for that matter.
One of the great and beautiful things about America is our tolerance of all religions and beliefs. Many of our Christian denominations would have been chased out of the country if it wasn’t for our Constitutional right to believe what we want. By asserting that Islam breeds terrorism, which is entirely incorrect, you are attacking the foundations of religious freedom. Stop this prejudice before it causes any more hostility between our fellow Americans.
[Your Name Here]
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