Rich Tucker

The U.N. alone cannot prevent the spread of nuclear technology. Especially since Russia and China -- each interested in winning favor with Iran -- have vetoes in the Security Council and can block any meaningful action by the U.S.

Note that these callers considered the U.S. to be a threat to world peace, a violator of human rights, a country that ought to be checked by the U.N. and Iran. It may make these callers angry to hear it, but the U.S., in spite of its failings, is the global champion of peace, the strongest defender of human rights and the country that polices rogues and international institutions. To say otherwise can only be described as unpatriotic.

Another topic that’s supposedly off-limits is whether or not Islam preaches violence.

Radio talk show host Michael Graham says it does. “Islam has, sadly, become a terrorist organization,” he announced on Washington’s WMAL back in July. Graham’s comments enraged the Muslim pressure group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations). It demanded “disciplinary action.”

Graham’s statement was controversial, but at least he attempted to back it up. If WMAL cherished free exchange, it would have given a CAIR representative airtime and allowed him to correct Graham’s statement. If what he’d said was so offensive and wrong, refuting it shouldn’t have been difficult.

Instead, CAIR demanded an apology. When Graham refused, WMAL fired him. “We are saddened that Michael Graham would not take responsibility for his hate-filled words,” CAIR’s executive director said, “but we do welcome WMAL’s action as a step toward reducing the level of anti-Muslim bigotry on our nation’s airwaves.” What a sad viewpoint. Instead of having an exchange in the arena of ideas, CAIR wants anyone who expresses ideas it disagrees with pulled off the air.

There will always be things we shouldn’t talk about, at least on radio and television. But we’ve got a problem when certain topics are essentially forbidden. Let’s have free and open discussions -- and save the green slime for reruns of “You Can’t Do That on Television.”


Rich Tucker

Rich Tucker is a communications professional and a columnist for Townhall.com.