When Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar stormed off the set of The View recently, incensed by comments made by guest Bill O’Reilly, few envisioned it would lead to the firing of Juan Williams at NPR. However, after answering several questions from Bill O’Reilly on his Fox News entertainment show, Juan Williams was fired by National Public Radio (NPR).
The comment NPR claims forced them to fire Juan Williams was:
“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. Now, I remember also that when the Times Square bomber was at court, I think this was just last week. He said the war with Muslims, America’s war is just beginning, first drop of blood. I don’t think there’s any way to get away from these facts.”-Juan Williams on the O’Reilly Factor
While the comment made by Juan Williams might be subtly xenophobic and severely flawed, it hardly seems worthy of termination. If Juan Williams declared his allegiance to Dutch politician Geert Wilders or Stop Islamization of America, it would be entirely different story altogether.
However, Juan Williams simply revealed he has an irrational fear of Islamic terrorists. But who doesn’t?
If the American people didn’t have an irrational fear of Islamic terrorists, would the United States be spending over $1 trillion a year on the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI Counter Terrorism Unit, missile defense shield, additional port security, NSA, CIA, 100s of additional Top Security intelligence communities employing more than one million Americans, the War in Iraq, the War in Afghanistan, the Global War on Terror, etc. etc. etc.?
Juan Williams was fired from NPR for expressing a viewpoint commonly held by the majority of Americans-that despite his better judgment, he still fears radical Islamic terrorists.
Now, it seems highly dubious that a radical Islamic terrorist would dress as a religious Muslim while flying anywhere in the United States. Terrorists generally don’t like to draw attention to themselves before they commit a crime. They need to blend in with the common culture. Terrorism requires a bit of subterfuge.
The firing of Juan Williams by National Public Radio (NPR) was so unsubstantiated, even Whoopi Goldberg and Bill O’Reilly agree. Both hosts called the firing of Juan Williams “ridiculous.”
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Steve Krakauer, Bill O’Reilly And Whoopi Goldberg Agree! Juan Williams Firing Is “Ridiculous”, Mediaite