National Public (Liberal) Radio has fired commentator and columnist Juan Williams for remarks he made about Muslims.
Part of the story from NPR:
NPR News has terminated the contract of longtime news analyst Juan Williams after remarks he made on the Fox News Channel about Muslims.
Williams appeared Monday on The O’Reilly Factor, and host Bill O’Reilly asked him to comment on the idea that the U.S. is facing a dilemma with Muslims. [It is, isn’t it?]
O’Reilly has been looking for support for his own remarks on a recent episode of ABC’s The View in which he directly blamed Muslims for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off the set in the middle of his appearance. [Thereby raising the quality of the show exponentially.]
Williams responded: “Look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”
Is that out of line? It certainly isn’t out of step with what a lot of normal people think. Is that the problem? NPR is out of step with what normal people think?
Mennonites, by the way, also dress in distinctive garb because of religious tenets. So far Mennonites haven’t done much to make us wonder if they are going to try to blow up the airplane. I could say the same about Hasidim and Buddhist monks, whom I have also seen on airplanes. Since it is a little harder to identify members of the sect called the LCWR – unless you can spot their lapel pin and get a look at their shoes – we probably won’t worry about them being on our airplanes.