KHOW guest host Pate on Muslims: "It's a violent community ... They have honor killings ... [T]hey will kill their own wives; they will kill their own daughters"

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On the August 8 broadcast of 630 KHOW-AM's The Peter Boyles Show, guest host Lou Pate joined a caller in denigrating Muslims and the Islamic faith. Pate asserted that Muslims "don't respect women at all" and joked that "they're a peaceful, benevolent, kind people, the Muslims are ... [I]f they like you, they'll cut your head off with one swing instead of a jagged edge that takes seven or eight." Pate also agreed with the caller's description of the Muslim community as "a sick race"; said the "Muslim community ... [is] a violent community," adding, "They have honor killings ... that they condone. They will kill ... their own wives; they will kill their own daughters"; and claimed that "genital mutilation [is] quite common there."

As Colorado Media Matters noted, while guest-hosting the January 26 broadcast of Newsradio 850 KOA's The Gunny Bob Show, Pate also repeatedly denigrated Muslims, claiming that Islam is "a violent religion" that "condones the killing of innocents." Colorado Media Matters has also documented a trend of anti-Muslim rhetoric by other Clear Channel Communications media personalities in Colorado, including KHOW hosts Peter Boyles and Dan Caplis, and Newsradio 850 KOA hosts "Gunny" Bob Newman and Mike Rosen.

From the August 8 broadcast of 630 KHOW-AM's The Peter Boyles Show, with guest host Lou Pate:

PATE: Good morning. Thanks for holding. How can I help you?

CALLER: Well, we're dealing with the Muslim world today.

PATE: Mm-hmm.

CALLER: Would you say that's right?

PATE: I would say we are dealing with the problem of the Muslim world today, yes.

CALLER: OK, there you go. They're not necessarily too keen on women.

PATE: No, they don't respect women at all.

CALLER: I don't think we want a president over there running around in a burqa.

PATE: Do you realize --

CALLER: For the same reason, you don't see too many high-ranking female officers over there who leave military bases and go into the civilian sector because they, even if they were a colonel, or a light, or a --

PATE: They still have to wear the garb.

CALLER: That's right. And [unintelligible] --

PATE: I've got a problem with that. Just for the record, [caller], I've got a problem with that.

CALLER: OK.

PATE: I wouldn't -- you know, I, I almost wish I was a female just so I could join up and walk around that town in, in western clothing. I, you know --

CALLER: It wouldn't happen.

PATE: I, I, I would do it. They'd have to throw me in jail.

CALLER: They would.

PATE: Because it's just a shame that our, our, our military --

CALLER: And our government would back them up.

PATE: -- our female military officers have to wear that crap.

CALLER: Well, they're not too keen on blacks either, unless, of course, they are a Muslim.

PATE: No, they are not.

CALLER: So, there you go.

PATE: But, but, but, [caller], they're a peaceful, benevolent, kind people, the Muslims are.

CALLER: Sure they are.

PATE: [laughs] As -- but, you know what? If they like you, they'll cut your head off with one swing instead of a jagged edge that takes seven or eight.

CALLER: Well, you might, you might remember -- who is it? Mr. Khrushchev --

PATE: Mm-hmm.

CALLER: -- said, "We won't fire a shot; we'll kill you from within."

PATE: Right. Right. Well --

CALLER: We have the enemy within with Muslim community. Hell, there's over 400,000 of them in Detroit.

PATE: So you think that the Muslim community -- well, they, look, look: Muslim community it, it's a violent community. They have honor killings --

CALLER: They back their brothers.

PATE: -- that they, that they condone. They will kill, they will kill their own wives; they will kill their own daughters.

CALLER: They mutilite, or mutilate their own females.

PATE: And genital, sexual genital mutilation quite common there.

CALLER: Right, it's a sick race.

PATE: Yes.

CALLER: And that's my final comment.

PATE: It -- well, it's a religion. It's not a race, it's a religion. But thank you, [caller], that's a good point.

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