American Muslim Strategies Asks Disney to Stop Airing Hate

January 19, 2019

Mr. Robert Iger
Chairman and CEO
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

Dear Sir,

I Would like to bring your attention to a program being aired on the A&E Networks, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, which seems very hateful, discriminatory, and Stereotypes several religions. Leah Remini Aftermath reality series. This is apparently the third season. The program has a dangerous impact on several religions and its adherents in our society. Scientology, Jehovah’s Witnesses, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and other Christian denominations. It’s content has incited hate that led to violence and murder.

I am sure you and The Vission Of Disney is above this. But sir, the Church of Scientology has had hundreds of threats of death, violence and vandalism because of the show. Such as a church in Twin Cities being set on fire, another church having a car driven purposefully through their front window, etc. Since the Jehovah’s Witnesses episode was announced there have been five of their Kingdom Halls burned down.

In the Past 30 years I have been on many faith and community Advisory Boards To Law Eforcement. Sheriff, DHS, FBI, LAPD, City Attorney, DEA. Etc.

As Communty partners Many of our discussions and action items revolved around Preventing Violent Extremism. In Most cases if not all media played a big role in dehumanizing the other. Sadly Active shooter training by law enforcement is normal for institutions today.

The great legacy of Disney should not be apart of the research models of what leads To hate, violence and murder.

As a past cochair Of LAPD Muslim Forum I respectfully request that you look into this matter urgently . I look forward to hearing from you and will pass on your response to the community.

Sincerely Yours,

Mahomed Akbar Khan
American Muslim Strategies.
10866 Washington Blvd. 311
Culver City. CA. 90232

Dressed in black, tactical-style gear and armed with an assault weapon, 21-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire at the First Baptist Church killing 26 people and wounding 20 others. This was the deadliest mass shooting in an American place of worship and in the history of Texas. A local resident, Stephen Willeford, wounded him with gunfire. Kelley drove off and died soon after of a self-inflicted gunshot. #StopTheHate

Los Angeles Faith Community Demands Disney CEO Bob Iger #StopTheHate in Emergency Press Conference

In the wake of a religious hate crime resulting in the death of a young church staff member, Los Angeles faith leaders have come together to call upon Mr. Robert Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, to end the hate propaganda purveyed by A&E Networks. They will be gathering in a press conference outside of Disney Studios in Burbank on Tuesday, January 29 at 4:00pm.

A&E Networks, a co-owned subsidiary of the Disney Company, has elected itself a purveyor of religious hate propaganda through its airing of Leah Remini’s “Aftermath” show, which has endangered the religious freedom and lives of millions across several faith groups.

A staff member of the Church of Scientology in Sydney, Australia was murdered earlier this month by someone directly influenced by A&E’s religious hate programming. It is the latest in a long line of murders at American and foreign houses of worship, further evidence of the dangerous link between hate speech and violence which has been identified by the Council of Europe and many other sources.

Reverend Dr. Cecil L. Murray, Pastor Emeritus, First AME Church of Los Angeles raised this issue with Mr. Iger in his letter of December 13, 2018, who offered no response. Rev. Murray warned in that letter, “Do you have to wait until something worse happens to stop this hate-mongering?” Not 3 weeks later, something worse did happen: murder.

Rev. Shane Harris President and Founder of The People’s Alliance for Justice, joining with Rev. Murray and the Church of Scientology, called upon media outlets to: “think beyond their pocket books to embrace places of worship and those housed within in support of love and peace.”

Disney has remained silent on the subject of A&E’s anti-religious hate campaign. 

Anti-religious rhetoric must end. People are being murdered in their houses of worship. Hate campaigns are behind this. As a purported purveyor of wholesome television and film, Disney should be leading the way towards a more peaceful, moral world, not promoting hate propaganda.

The late and great Walt Disney himself was a devout Christian. Walt was also eminently respectful of people of all faiths. He stated:

“I believe firmly in the efficacy of religion, in its powerful influence on a person’s whole life. It helps immeasurably to meet the storms and stress of life and keep you attuned to the Divine inspiration. Without inspiration, we would perish.” – Walt Disney

Is Bob Iger choosing to betray Walt Disney’s vision and legacy, at the very company he founded to carry it out?

We are Baptist, we are First AME, we are Scientologists, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists and many more denominations. We are united. And we are here to say: shame on you Disney for supporting hate, when love is what conquers all. We ask you to meet with us. If we do not hear from you, we will be forced to demand an international boycott of Disney through the power and reach of our combined faiths.

Charter on Journalistic Ethics in Relation to Respect for Religion or Belief


Journalists are accountable for the social and political consequences of their actions and have a duty to maintain the highest ethical and professional standards.

Journalists shall scrupulously endeavor to report the truth; respect the right of the public to know the truth; ensure that any information they disseminate is fair and objective; promptly and prominently correct any material inaccuracies; and afford the right of reply in appropriate instances.

The media is responsible for any material released through it.


The public’s right to information is a fundamental right and cornerstone of a free and democratic society. Thus the media exercises an essential role in the society that requires a great sense of responsibility to the public. Freedom of speech, freedom of information and freedom of the press represent the heart of democracy. A free, independent media is critical to ensure transparency and an open and robust democratic society; it is instrumental to the development and strengthening of effective democratic systems.

A responsible media recognizes the vital necessity of the free flow of information and the impact it has on shaping public perception. It is mindful of its ethical responsibility to the public and its need to respect and defend human rights.

A responsible media has the right and the duty to report and to comment on all matters of public interest with respect to the rights and freedoms of individuals and institutions. It advances understanding and participation in the democratic process for all.

A responsible media freely expresses personal or group opinions within the limits of the pluralistic contest of ideas. It accepts that freedom of expression may be subject to restrictions and limitations when other fundamental rights are endangered. It takes special care to not violate other fundamental human rights and takes individuals’ rights to privacy, honor and dignity into account while fostering the free flow of information.

A responsible media respects prevailing ethical and moral standards and avoids pandering to the lurid or profane.

A responsible media fosters the public’s right to know and right to freedom of expression. It aims at promoting the free flow of information and transparency, and adheres to the principles promoting and upholding respect for human dignity and religious beliefs as reflected in the United Nations Resolution Combating Defamation of Religions.

A responsible media strives for peace, democracy, social progress and respect for human rights. It recognizes, respects and defends diversity of opinion. It opposes discrimination based on any grounds.

A responsible media makes earnest efforts to reduce ignorance, promote greater understanding, alleviate cultural and religious insensitivity among peoples, and facilitate dialogue among nations.

A responsible media ensures that the display and dissemination of images complies with the same requirements and the highest ethical standards as for written or oral presentations.


A responsible media serves as a watchdog to safeguard fundamental rights. It does not, therefore, fuel or engender discrimination based on ethnicity, religion, cultural traditions or similar grounds. It recognizes and respects diversity and minority rights.

A responsible media avoids discriminatory or denigrating references to religious beliefs and spiritual values.

A responsible media does not refer to religions or religious institutions in a prejudicial, biased or pejorative context; when religious references are essential to the reported matter or facilitate understanding, they are made accurately, fairly, impartially and respectfully.

A responsible media refrains from reinterpreting, misinterpreting, analyzing, assessing or examining religious beliefs or the expression of these beliefs. Instead, it maintains a strict duty of neutrality and objectivity—accepting what the religion puts forward as its true beliefs without disapproval, contempt, condescension, bias or ridicule. 

A responsible media does not intrude on sacred matters relating to creed, religious rites and religious institutions. It refrains from encouraging or instigating discrimination, derision, scorn or hatred based on religion or belief.

A responsible media provides a fair and prompt opportunity for reply to inaccuracies and stereotypes regarding religious organizations or affected members when reasonably called for.

A responsible media avoids religious stereotyping and does not associate any religion or belief with human rights violations or terrorism.

A responsible media balances fundamental human rights, including the right to be free from discrimination based on religion or belief, with the right to freedom of expression and the public’s right to know. It shows special sensitivity when dealing with religious issues to avoid any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on religion or belief that has as its purpose the nullification or impairment of human rights.


A responsible media never promotes religious hatred. It scrupulously avoids engendering hostility toward religions and their members likely to lead to imminent violence or systematic deprivation of human rights.

A responsible media refrains from provoking aggression, hatred, discrimination and any form of violence directed at individuals and organizations because of their religious beliefs and association. It remains alert to the grave danger associated with condoning or encouraging violence, discrimination, hatred and intolerance on religious grounds.

A responsible media eschews inciting foreseeable violence, inflaming hatred, stigmatizing religions and their followers, and engendering inequality on grounds of religion or belief. It is sensitive to avoid affronting religious beliefs and contributing to conflicts between religions and their members due to religious differences.

Media refers to all forms of the press, through print, audiovisual or electronic media, or any other means and all journalists who impart information through the press.