…after all, this life is what, 80, 90, 100 years if we’re lucky? And the here after is eternal?
Psh, of course one should be ashamed of their faith and hide it. Silly silly muslims, identifying first and foremost as muslims. Didn’t you know that being american is the be all and end all of life? And will get you oh so far in the akhira?
O’Reilly has been looking for support for his own remarks on a recent episode of ABC’s The View in which he directly blamed Muslims for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off the set in the middle of his appearance.
Williams responded: “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.”
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I honestly can’t blame someone for being nervous flying on an airplane with muslims. Yes, it sucks, but we’re only human.
But all the pundits who are whining and wringing their hands over his firing (when they were gleeful over the firing of Octavia Nasr) are missing WHY this statement is so offensive.
What I can blame Mr. Williams for is the stupidity of the comment implies that someone who “looks” muslim, identifies themselves publicly as one, is somehow inherently wrong to do so. Look at this:
…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.”
He’s not thinking, oh, they’re muslim, I hope they’re not radical. He’s thinking, oh, there are some muslims who are serious about their faith, and hold it in high regard and that’s a problem.
That, my dear readers, is the crux of the problem.
And aside from all that, logically, a smart terrorist would do everything in their power – shave, dress “western,” speak english, perhaps even change their name – so as not to draw attention to themselves, if they were planning a terrorist attack.
ps – I love NPR.