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The thought police are alive and well

POSTED: October 27, 2010 4:00 a.m.

Recently, “National Public Radio” terminated the contract of Juan Williams after comments the veteran journalist and news analyst made about Muslims on FOX’s “The O’Reilly Factor” a few days before.

  

Williams was commenting how he felt when he gets on an airplane. He commented: “When I get on a plane, if I see people who are in Muslim garb, I get worried . . . .I get nervous.”

  

For making a comment about his feelings, he gets fired?

  

NPR issued a statement saying: “His remarks were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices.”

  

Since 9/11, who doesn’t have that same feeling if they are boarding a plane and you see four or five guys dressed in Muslim garb? I sure have!

  

Juan Williams is not a bigot. He’s black and has written books about the civil rights movement in this country. I’m sure he’s thoughtful of others’ feelings. He gave an honest answer, maybe not what NPR would have wanted.

  

To have the “feeling police” tag you as a bigot or a racist is baloney.

  

In the Koran it openly declares to “kill the infidel (that’s every non Muslim.)”

  

To quote that is “free speech,” but a news analyst cannot honestly share his feelings and what his first response might be?

  

For NPR to fire him confirms it is a liberal organization. Why is it necessary for taxpayers to be forced to contribute tax dollars to fund the organization? This makes me wonder that Georgie Soros and the Council on American-Islamic Relations is behind this.

  

NPR is bowing to their request to be “Politically Correct.”

  

This makes me wonder that maybe many of us out here in flyover country have just about had our fill of “Political Correctness.”

  

Seems like I do a lot of that lately. . . . . that wondering thing.

   

Bob Turpen

Dawson County

 

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