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60 Minutes
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New York, New York 10019

October 7,  2002

Dear Producers,

The airing of Sunday October 6th's segment included an interview with Reverend Jerry Falwell and his views on Islam and the Prophet Mohammad.  He describes the Prophet Mohammad as a “terrorist” and declares that a line has been drawn between the right-wing Christian Coalitions united with Jews against Muslims. 

Reverend Jerry Falwell chooses to use “divisive” rhetoric. He creates an “us” versus “them” scenario that only undermines the efforts of interfaith groups all across the nation who have been striving to unite after the tragic events of September 11. 

As Americans of different faiths reach out to each other, it exposes the Reverend Falwell’s philosophy, at odds with the rest of the nation.

He does a disservice to his followers and to the American people at large. 

He defames Prophet Mohammad, a beloved messenger of God, according to Islam.  He resorts to Islam- bashing and “name” calling instead of engaging in an intellectual discussion of differences. 

The Muslim Women’s League requests that the producers of 60 minutes offer a fair and balanced view of the American religious milieu where unity and cooperation are the current theme and trend among various faith organizations.

We urge you to air a follow-up segment with an interfaith panel of Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders who are currently working together to promote the common good. 

We would like to hear from well- known Muslim speakers such as: Dr. John Esposito, Dr. Aziza Al-Hibri and Dr. Maher Hathout.  We look forward to seeing the next airing of this follow-up segment.


Lena Al-Sarraf, MWL President

Muslim Women's League
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