National Public Radio has just killed two birds with one stone with the firing of its ten-year analyst Juan Williams for comments he made on Fox News. Williams had shared his feeling that he gets nervous when he sees fully garbed Muslims board an airplane. NPR took the remark out of context as a pretext for firing him.
By firing Williams for making a comment deemed insulting to Muslims, NPR facilitated radical Islamists in enforcing sharia law against ‘defamation’ of Islam. And it paid back the far Left multi-billionaire George Soros for his $1.8 million donation to NPR by dismissing an employee for the ‘fireable’ offense of expressing his feelings on the hated Fox News channel.
Here is what Juan Williams said on “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday night that caused NPR to get rid of him:
I mean 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 an airplane, I got to tell you, 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.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is said to have exerted pressure on NPR to fire Williams. This should be no surprise. CAIR has links to the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, whose web site states:
intellectual freedom can’t be cited in matters related to beliefs.
During a sermon in response to the Danish Muhammad cartoons that so infuriated the Islamic world a few years ago, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, demanded action from the United Nations in accordance with sharia-based conceptions of blasphemy.
For its part, the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations has previously intimidated certain radio stations that have broadcast criticisms of Islam or depicted Muslims in what they consider to be a negative light. CAIR regularly monitors conservative broadcasts, and has distributed guidelines to broadcasters about what they should and should not say about Islam. And consistent with the Islamists’ strategy to leverage United Nations resolutions declaring “defamation of religions” to be a violation of intrnational law, CAIR has used the American legal system to bring, in its words, “a defamation lawsuit against those who make false claims against the Muslim community.”
CAIR’s national communications director Ibrahim Hooper appeared on the Fox News show “America Live” yesterday and defended NPR’s action.
Hooper proclaimed during his interview with Megyn Kelly:
I think everyone is recognizing now that perhaps it wasn’t a good fit between the network and Mr. Williams…[Williams] was increasingly leaning towards the right and NPR obviously has a more liberal viewpoint and there wasn’t a good fit there, so perhaps this was the breaking point
Really? Who exactly is “everyone?” Ibrahim Hooper’s fellow Islamists plus George Soros and his Media Matters’ parasites?
In this case, people across the political spectrum (except the extreme Left) have expressed outrage against NPR’s decision. Even Whoopi Goldberg, who walked off the set of “The View” last week to protest Bill O’Reilly’s statement about Muslims having attacked us on 9/11, said that NPR made a mistake in firing Williams.
Hooper tried to deflect Megyn Kelly’s questions about whether CAIR has contributed funds to NPR or had exerted pressure on NPR to fire Williams, although he admitted that CAIR had contacted NPR to express its concerns:
Well it was, we didn’t ask NPR to take specific action. We just asked the network to address the concerns about-
When Kelly pressed Hooper as to whether CAIR was happy with the decision, the CAIR communications director replied:
Well, we’re pleased that the network addressed Muslim concerns…you know, it was good that they addressed Muslim concerns on the issue of airline profiling. Again, we get a number of these reports every year, and it’s something that is a big issue in the Muslim community, and when someone in a mainstream media setting seems to legitimize airline profiling that is of concern to us.