Beyond the Cusp

October 25, 2010

Juan Williams, Oh the Horrors!

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Just in case you just got back to planet Earth and this is the first news you’ve read, Juan Williams was fired for unacceptable opinions expressed while appearing on Fox News Channel. Appearing on “The O’Reilly Factor”, Juan stated, “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.” From what I have been able to gather from numerous sources, Mr. Williams is guilty of the most heinous of crimes, Islamophobia. Reading an article from the Nation I learned Islamophobia is the most dreadful and unwarranted of fears gripping those intolerant denizens who constitute Fox News Channel, the Tea Party movement, and the right of the political spectrum. Also news to me was, that Islamophobia is completely unwarranted thus making those guilty of such an egregious violations of acceptable ideas and behavior utterly indefensible, thus the immediate firing of Juan Williams for having such an unacceptable opinion that could only have been uttered at a place such as Fox News Channel.

Apparently, the numerous terror attacks committed by a reputed small minority of the followers of Islam are actually so inconsequential as to not warrant any degree of suspicions. The murderous attacks of September 11, 2001 do not merit any unease about flying with others who share the faith of those who committed such atrocities. The reaction by Juan William’s former liberal allies was to turn on him with the viciousness of a jealous baboon exercising dominance. The outright rejection of Juan Williams by the liberal elite at NPR and other left wing media outlets has been very educating, as commented by Mr. Williams in numerous interviews since the story broke. I guess we could call this Juan’s teachable moment, as per a phrase of the Obama Administration to describe many ills.

The whole of the events that have unfolded over this contentious statement and the varying responses from all sides has got me to thinking, what would have been the reaction of today’s media to Winston Churchill’s colorful language in reference to Germany, Hitler, and the Nazis leading up to WWII. Would the media elites who have condemned Juan Williams today have similarly treated President Roosevelt’s “December 7th 1941, a date that will live in infamy” speech after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Would today’s NPR see FDR as simply a racist warmonger who was ignoring all the innocent Japanese who had nothing to do with the bombing of our naval forces? Actually, listening to some on the extreme left who condemn the United States and President Truman for the use of the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki looking back from their smug safe place today, maybe they would have opposed our use of force against the Axis Powers in WWII. Maybe this has been more of a teaching moment for all of us to honestly see the left for being as bankrupt and without a moral compass to guide them in support of our native culture that has come under attack, something Juan Williams has noticed and is struggling to come to grips with that reality.

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