“A Muslim response to Juan Williams”, on Washington Post

“A Muslim response to Juan Williams” by Akbar Ahmed from the Washington Post’s On Faith:

We need to see Juan Williams’ remarks in the context of the heated political environment within which Muslims live today.

This heat has been further intensified because of the November elections. And it is in this context that the recent events over the last couple of weeks and months can be understood: from the Ground Zero mosque crisis, to Pastor Terry Jones wanting to burn the Koran, to the fact that about 20 percent of Americans believe that President Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim.

The attacks on Muslims also play into the critics of Obama. We now see that he has been pushed into a corner with the news that he will decline to visit holiest of holy sites of the Sikh faith during his trip to India because it was suggested that an image of him wearing the Sikh headdress would [inaccurately] play into conspiracy theories that he is a Muslim. The fact that it is a Sikh temple and not a Muslim center is not even relevant. This debate is no longer rational.

This crossing of the border of rationality is why Williams remarks were, to me, were disappointing. He says he is “worried and “nervous” on being on a plane Muslims. This smacks of profiling. It is especially disappointing because Williams is known for his work on the 1960s civil rights movement and is sensitive of the need to give dignity to minorities. So how can a member of the minority community then single out another minority community and label it as he did?

Read the entire article here.



3 responses to ““A Muslim response to Juan Williams”, on Washington Post

  1. Voice of Reason

    Juan Williams should not be fired. He expressed his opinion and he should be challenged and debated. And, I’m sorry to say, it’s a fear that can be justified.

    When Muslim extremists, disguised as civilians, are responsible for most attacks with planes (Pan Am, Shoe Bomber, 9/11, Lockerbie, Underwear Bomber) it’s easy to see why people have these feelings. Feel free to disagree with me but it’s true.

    Also, while Juan’s comment probably did not help American/Islamic relations, his firing is only going to widen the divide.

  2. When Akbar Ahmed wonders, “how can a member of the minority community then single out another minority community and label it as he [Juan Williams] did?” I can only respond that Mr. Ahmed seems to forget that one minority (Jihadist Muslims) have been raining down terror on the US. The US was attacked, Mr. Ahmed, by an element of a single minority group. This is a minority group within a minority group. If I were part of this mainstream minority group, I would make sure the line was clear that an extremist element was hijacking me and my people’s values and identity. Where was the condemnation after 9/11?? We are in such a divide in this country because the lines have not been clearly defined. In other words, non-Muslims (or at least this non-Muslim) don’t understand why the Muslims cannot rise up and condemn what to us non-Muslims appears to be such a horrific way of expressing a love of God. NPR is just one of those entities that are more interested in fitting in to the politically correct style of our time than trying to understand the world that we truly live in. It is good to talk about our fears. Only then will we be able to overcome them. Juan Williams was expressing what a vast majority of the US feel. The politically correct censors at NPR have shown the country what is really wrong with the national debate on this issue. Let’s have rational and free discussion, not knee-jerk censorship. Shame on NPR!

  3. Voice of Reason

    Well said Chad, well said. It’s Political Correctness that is preventing us from having any real conversation on the issues.

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