By: Jonathan Harris
Most of you have probably heard about both the Juan Williams debacle with NPR, and Bill O'Reilly's episode on The View. If not, I'll briefly summarize. Last week, Bill O'Reilly was a guest on The View. After making the comment, "Muslim's killed us on 9-11," both Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off the set in protest. This week Juan Williams made the comment, on the O'Reilly Factor ironically, that he gets "nervous" when he sees people in Muslim garb on an airplane. Here's his full comment:
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.
Unfortunately for Juan, this comment got him fired from National Public Radio because it was perceived as bigoted. There are a couple points I want everyone to consider when analyzing these stories.
- "Radical" is not a Belief-System
- Most "Muslims" and "Christians" are Humanists
- Terms Must Be Defined