by Chris Stevenson
Muslims today couldn’t have it any better if their 72 virgins made an advance house call. It seems to some of us that not only are certain factions of them blowing up buildings, airplanes and school buses, you can’t even be in fear of them doing these anymore. At least you can’t say it in public.
Will they be the first religious group to actually outlaw a human emotion? Be afraid, be very afraid.
Recently political commentator/author Juan Williams was fired by National Public Radio for a statement he made on the 19th Century Fox show the “O’Reilly Factor.” Seemingly O’Reilly-possibly still smarting from seeing a black and white behind walk out on him on national TV-set Williams up: “I mean, look Bill [O’Reilly], I’m not a bigot, you know the kind of books I’ve written on the civil rights movement in this country, but when I get on a 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.”
Make no mistake about it, it was a dumb thing to say on a nationally televised broadcast, not that none of us ever felt that way, especially with 9/11 still fresh in our minds. But Muslims have as of late pulled off a miracle almost as chimerical as the parting of the Red Sea; that is they got much of the nation in a pro-Muslim, overly-accommodating behavioral mode. They have split public opinion of them to the point that many Americans are now bending over backwards to be open-minded to their every whim. Obviously much of this is due to fear of an Arab-Muslim tantrum and backlash that will result in lives lost somewhere in the world if not here, than a concern over religious intolerance.
Much of this is began when a Muslim Imam (Dr. Feisal Abdul Rauf) voiced the idea of a Mosque or Cultural Center a couple of blocks from Ground Zero a few weeks ago. A plan that in my opinion was full of Shiite; an insensitive request made at a bad time. Surprisingly many Americans either formed or got on a pro-Muslim public-opinion bandwagon, suddenly many became open-minded and ready to defend Islam. But on this one, not me.
On the other hand Williams-once a well-known progressive journalist-has been angling for a Fox job for months, especially through his cutting remarks about the First Lady (must be some bizarre conservative rite-of-passage) Michelle Obama. Having dealt with Fox for so long he must have some clue that Fox’ 2nd largest stockholder is Muslim (Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, whom coincidentally is among Abdul Rauf’s funders). As talk radio’s Joe Madison said “what if Williams got on a plane with that guy?”
As it turns out, the whole thing was a setup in Williams favor; soon after his ouster from NPR he was immediately offered a contract for $2 million with who else but TV’s most divisive network. In the long run it may be another historic moment for the black right, they make great pets. In the immediate term sentiments are split along party and racial lines, but if I were Williams I’d keep my suitcase packed. For “Fair and Balanced” all he needs do is consult Marc Lamont Hill. Guys like O’Reilly and Glenn Beck and their producers can’t stand opposing views anymore than normal people like hearing the sound of fingernails across a blackboard, and that goes double for black views.
Chris Stevenson is a syndicated columnist, his articles also appear in the Challenger Community News. Follow him on Twitter, Btweetz.com blackcommentator and Facebook, you don’t have to join either. Watch his video commentary Policy & Prejudice and The Network for clbTV. Respond to him on the link below.