For committing the crime of being honest and reflecting an opinion held by the vast majority of Americans on (curses be upon them) FOX news, uppity Juan Williams has been duly dispatched by his journalistic masters over at NPR. Apparently they have been itching to have him removed for fraternizing with the enemy, but his exchange with (curses be upon him) Bill O’Reilly was a word too far. This was the horrendous exchange:
O’REILLY: Continuing now with our lead story, danger from the Muslim world.Joining us from Washington FOX analysts Mary Katharine Ham and Juan Williams.So, Juan, I got to tell everybody, own up to this, that talking points memo was really written by Alan Colmes.
So, where am I going wrong there, Juan.
JUAN WILLIAMS, FOX NEWS POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, actually, I hate to say this to you because I don’t want to get your ego going. But I think you’re right. I think, look, political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don’t address reality.
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 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.
But I think there are people who want to somehow remind us all as President Bush did after 9/11, it’s not a war against Islam. President Bush went to a mosque –
O’REILLY: Well, there isn’t any theology involved in this at all from my perspective, Juan. But you live in the liberal precincts. You actually work for NPR, OK?
O’REILLY: And it’s not about — it’s about politics as I said. But — my analysis is that this Israel thing and that liberals feel that United states is somehow guilty in the world, of exploitation and backing the wrong side, and it makes it easier for them to come up with this kind of crazy stuff that, well, you can’t really say the Muslims attacked us on 9/11.
WILLIAMS: No, but what Barbara Walters said to you –
O’REILLY: Were they Norwegians? I mean, come on.
WILLIAMS: Wait a second though, wait, hold on, because if you said Timothy McVeigh, the Atlanta bomber, these people who are protesting against homosexuality at military funerals, very obnoxious, you don’t say first and foremost, we got a problem with Christians. That’s crazy.
O’REILLY: But it’s not at that level. It doesn’t rise near to that level.
WILLIAMS: Correct. That’s — and when you said in the talking points memo a moment ago that there are good Muslims, I think that’s a point, you know?
O’REILLY: But everybody knows that, Juan. I mean, what are, in 3rd grade here or what?
Juan Williams, who wept tears of joy onscreen when Obama was elected, can hardly be called a right wing extremist. But in the world NPR and the secular Left inhabits, association with perceived conservatives is as bad as actually being one – and actually being one is the worst thing possible. And so Juan Williams was summarily lynched for leaving the liberal plantation and consorting with the enemy.
As I have pointed out previously, the Left’s agenda is fundamentally antithetical to free speech. Not content to argue their points and allow the most reasonable arguments to win hearts and minds (possibly because Left wing arguments are rarely ‘reasonable’), the Left seeks to silence all who do not follow lockstep with a particular rigid ideology. Any straying from the party line or association with undesirables can result in dismissal, being verbally pilloried or worst of all, being labeled a bigot.
And it is more than apparent that for the Secular Left, the word “bigot” is code for “someone we want to silence”.