Juan Williams talks political correctness, freedom of speech and liberal agenda
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On August 5, 2011, award winning journalist Juan Williams spoke with CBN’s 700 Club regarding political correctness, freedom of speech and the conservative and liberal agenda. Williams made national headlines in October 2010 when his contract with NPR was terminated for remarks he made on the Fox News program “The O’Reilly Factor.” The comments made by Williams that resulted in controversy are as follows, “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.”
NPR responded with a statement that Williams’ comments were “inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undetermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.” NPR continued to state that journalists cannot make a personal opinion on a controversial issue public. Since Williams’ termination with NPR he has lent his voice as a political analyst on Fox News. He has also recently authored the book “Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate” where he contends that the both liberal and conservative agendas use “political correctness” to serve self indulgent purposes that effectively squash debate.
Juan Williams spoke with Gordon Robertson of CBN News and discussed his termination from NPR. Gordon Robertson began by asking, “If you had said, ‘When people talk about Jesus, I get nervous.’ Would you have been fired?”
Williams responded, “No. I think they felt it was somehow politically incorrect at this moment to speak about Muslims. It is crazy that they felt I was a bigot, when in fact, all I was doing was telling the truth. I have that feeling at airports. “
Williams also spoke about Molly Norris, a cartoonist who drew outrage after participating in “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day,” which took place on May 20, 2010. The campaign challenged censorship and was to promote freedom of speech after the Comedy Central show “South Park” was under fire for creating an animated version of Muhammad on the show. Death threats were reported and Molly Norris was targeted as she drew cartoons for the campaign.
Speaking about Norris, Williams stated, “When you asked about Jesus that was interesting. There is a woman in Seattle, a political cartoonist by the name of Molly Norris, and she said we can draw caricatures of Jesus Christ and you can say anything you want about Christians, but why can’t we have a “Draw Mohammed Day?” He continued, “She was besieged by so many death threats, she is still in hiding more than a year later.”
You may see Juan Williams interview in the video player to the left.