sad but true: NPR Fires Juan Williams Over “Muslim Remarks”

in another incident the underscores the plague of political correctness in our society, NPR has fired Juan Williams. see the videotaped remarks and the aftermath of those remarks here:

RealClearPolitics – Video – NPR Fires Juan Williams Over “Muslim Remarks”

a number of thoughts come to mind when observing this series of events:

in an attempt to be transparent and honest about who he is as a person, Juan Williams spoke about his own thoughts and perceptions of Muslims. so much for “dialogue”.

racial/ethnic tensions continue to exist due in large part to our inability as a society to openly discuss these issues. i understand that some discussions with some people are best not undertaken. discussions about prejudices that devolve into arguments with hate-filled speech are of no use; but when honest dialogue with people absent of malice cannot take place for fear of retribution from society, no progress can be made.

what makes this whole series of events involving Juan Williams disturbing is that the executives at NPR were acting as the thought police. Juan Williams did not speak with vitriol and hate-filled language when discussing his feelings, he was merely speaking openly and honestly about his fears. certainly, the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 represent a small percentage of all Muslims. indeed, the Muslims who attacked us on 9/11 were most certainly extremists. in fact, it may be said that those who attacked us on 9/11 were extremists first and Muslims second.

difficult as it may be, if people with opposing beliefs and viewpoints cannot discuss the reasons for their beliefs and work out reasonable common-ground without fear of societal or professional retribution, then we will continue to lose the battle of prejudice in our own society.

let us hope that someday we will be able to discuss our fears and prejudices and the reasons behind them without threat of disproportionate retribution.

–the civil commentator

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