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Paralyzed by Fear

by RightHandMan

I disagree with Juan Williams about 95% of the time he speaks. Nevertheless, I enjoy watching him debate with Bill Kristol and Britt Hume from time to time because he is honest. Juan believes in his liberal ideas and argues them pointedly. He doesn’t start calling people names, walk off sets, or subscribe to crazy political theories. Juan is an honest liberal.

Apparently being an honest liberal no longer meets the minimum standards for NPR. Juan, the long time FoxNews contributor, was ousted at NPR for making the following statement on the Bill O’Reilly show.

“When I get on a plane … if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they’re identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried, I get nervous.”
First, if we were take a poll in America asking whether or not the citizens agree with this statement, how do you think it would come out? I have no doubt that Juan would find himself in the overwhelming majority. America’s PUBLIC radio wouldn’t know anything about American sentiment though.

How many of you think that Juan would have been fired if he had said, “Whenever I stop by a gas station in rural West Virginia and it is surrounded by a bunch of white kids wearing Cartharts or John Deer clothing, I get a little nervous.” Of course he wouldn’t.

It’s not like NPR hasn’t alienated a large group of people before.

Michelle Malkin points out this bit that got 0 people fired.

As Juan said, this country has been paralyzed by political correctness. When Bill O’Reilly stated that Muslims attacked us on 9/11, a whole media storm was created. The statement is completely correct. He didn’t say or imply that ALL Muslims attacked us, or that most Muslims attacked us, but that Muslims attacked us. To what degree of specificity are we to demand of ourselves whenever being critical? When debate, a necessary staple in a democratic society, has such strict and inflated parameters it cannot be properly exercised.

Frankly, I’m sick of being told that Muslims aren’t extreme by people who aren’t Muslim. If these liberals truly cared about injustice, they would be crying out against the treatment of women in the Muslim world. They are not.

Moderate Muslims aren’t doing much to call out the extremes of their religion either. I don’t know one Christian who didn’t oppose the Westboro Baptist Church when they began disgracing the burial of fallen soldiers. In fact, many of the counter protest were Christians. Many groups even refer to the Westboro Baptist Church as a “cult”. Christians came out against the pastor who thought it was smart to burn the Koran noting the double standard present.

The fact is Juan Williams and Bill O’Reilly aren’t getting in the way of the Muslim image in America; that transgression belongs to the Muslims. They have the ability to repair that image by simply coming out against those that degrade it within the religion. When cartoonists are hunted down for drawing Mohammed, and women are treated as second class figures, and people dance in the streets celebrating terrorist attacks, and when homosexuals are stoned in the streets, there needs to be retaliation in the community. That cry has not come.

There is one voice in the Muslim community being heard and it shouts “BEWARE!” Political correctness has us operating in fear masquerading as tolerance. Forbearance means little when imposed by dread, and sovereign thought is dispelled in the arena of restriction.


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Filed under: bill o'reilly, Islamic Radicalism, juan williams, koran, michelle malkin, npr, rush limbaugh, Westboro baptist church

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  • Steve Dennis October 22, 2010 at 4:40 AM

    Good post! I agree that we have become too poltically correct in this country. It is amazing to me that people hosting a show can get up and walk out simply because a person had the gall (in their minds) to remind the American people that it was Muslims who attacked us on 9/11. These people are so afraid to offend Muslims that they no llonger want the truth about 9/11 told. They find it more acceptable to claim that George Bush blew up the WTC than they do putting the blame where it belongs.

  • October 22, 2010 at 7:07 AM

    Excellent post. The second half sentiments a post I made earlier today, if you will allow me a shameless plug.

    A mosque was bombed in Pakistan today. One would think there would be outrage from the muslim community when one of their own churches is bombed, but, not a word. I got a tweet suggesting this story to me. So I went to the first place I would expect to find this story, the Arab News Online, a Saudi web-site that covers all Arabic world news, from the middle east to America to Indonesia. Guess what, not a mention of this bombing.

    Until they show me otherwise, I am going to assume ALL muslims condone the actions of the supposed "extreme" muslims.

  • Right Hand Man October 22, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Thank for the comments guys. Fleece, I can speak for John and myself on this one – we both love your posts, so feel free to plug away. If you ever need help with anything, let us know.

  • Teresa October 22, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    Great post! This Muslim butt kissing has got to stop! Juan Williams is an honest liberal, unlike most, and didn't deserve this ousting by NPR. But, maybe, this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship between Juan and conservatives? I sure hope so.

  • Right Hand Man October 22, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    I apologize to everyone. My links didn't work…which really hurt my points.

    Thanks for the support Teresa.

  • Matt October 22, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    Great post, RHM. Political correctness is a disease, honesty is the cure, but, as Williams discovered, the left tolerates no deviation from the "party line."

  • John Carey October 23, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    Excellent post Right. How are we to move forward and address the key issue of our time no matter how controversial if political correctness censors our words which in turns stifles any progress? This goes against everything our founders desired in terms of free speech. We must be able to have these discussions!