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Fred Grandy, a former actor turned congressman whose criticism of radical Islam and its agenda for the United States was censored by his Washington radio station, might return to the air in Boston.
WND reported earlier this year when Grandy, who starred in the “Love Boat” television series and later represented Iowa in Congress for eight years, was forced to walk away from his popular morning drive-time radio talk show when the station’s management insisted he avoid discussions of radical Islam.
Grandy had invited Muslim activists onto his morning show, “The Grandy Group,” to debate the threat from the radical Muslim Brotherhood. He also hosted several U.S. security officials – including former CIA, FBI and Pentagon officials – who all warned the Brotherhood was infiltrating Washington through its U.S. front groups.
Already, in the United Kingdom, Shariah courts are given authority to resolve certain issues outside of ordinary judicial proceedings. Islamic law, as it is practiced in many Muslim countries, includes penalties such as the chopping off a hand for thievery and execution for adultery and abandoning Islam.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s stated goal is to restore the caliphate, the Islamic empire under Ottoman Turkish rule for five centuries, and expand it throughout the world.
Grandy told Katz that his wife was “the one running point on this,” joining the show every Friday.
“We had FBI agents calling after the show, [telling us] ‘We’re glad you’re talking about this. We’re not even getting this in our briefings,’” Grandy said.
The former congressman said the situation reached a climax in February after the show supported a large public forum on the agenda of radical Islam in the United States.
At the fourm, a number of experts discussed Shariah, Islamic fundamentalism and other topics.
“To our amazement, we got back to the station [and were] told to tone it down,” he said. But because of the importance of the issue, his wife continued raising questions, and was told “You’re off the show.”
Grandy said he was told to take or leave it and, “I left it.”
He said the station claimed the show was “too unbalanced,” even though the segment concerning radical Islam took approximately 20 minutes of a program that was on four hours a day, five days a week.
“This is a topic that is concerning people who want to aspire to the highest levels of government,” Grandy said. “This is not some kind of fringe discussion.”
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, routinely criticized Grandy for reading on air FBI reports and federal court documents identifying the group as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the federal Holy Land Foundation terror finance trial and a member of the “U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.”
“CAIR has been identified by the government at trial as a participant in an ongoing and ultimately unlawful conspiracy to support a designated terrorist organization – a conspiracy from which CAIR never withdrew,” wrote assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Jacks, who won an award from Attorney General Eric Holder for convicting the Holy Land terrorists.
“From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders,” said assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Kromberg in a separate terror case, “CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists.”
As a result, the FBI cut off all ties to CAIR’s national office and its 30 chapters around the country.
It was not the first time WMAL, which did not return phone calls at the time, has knocked a talk-show host off the air in response to CAIR complaints. Last decade, the station sacked Michael Graham, now a talk-radio host in Boston, for his outspoken views on radical Islam.