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The Fox television network has aired a public service announcement during its popular drama 24, urging Americans not to stereotype Muslims. The disclaimer aired during the show in early February about a counterterrorism unit in Los Angeles, which stars Kiefer Sutherland. In the show an upper-middle-class Muslim-American family is depicted as a terrorist sleeper cell involved in a plot to melt down nuclear reactors in the U.S. Members of the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) met with Fox officials in January to suggest how the show might avoid inciting suspicion of American Muslims. The disclaimer, read by Sutherland, said: “While terrorism is obviously one of the most critical challenges facing our nation and the world, it’s important to recognize that the American Muslim community stands firmly beside their fellow Americans in denouncing and resisting terrorism in every form.”


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