Juan Williams loses his employment with NPR
Famous journalist Juan Williams has lost his position as one of the top news experts for National Public Radio on Wednesday evening after he made anti-Muslim and terrorism comments on Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor.
NPR stated that statements by Williams that he gets scared when he sees people at airports dressed in Islamic style clothes is inexcusable and interferes with the beliefs of NPR that people shouldn’t be prejudiced or discriminated against on the basis of their religion.
The 56 year old made those statements on Monday when Bill O’Reilly asked on his show whether he thought America was confused on how to deal with recent Islamic developments including the Ground Zero mosque issue.
Williams then made a reference on what Faisal Shahzad who is an American citizen originally from Pakistan said during his trial in a New York court for trying to bomb the Times Square that the war between America and Islam wasn’t over yet. Williams stated that those comments send shivers down his spine anything he remembers.
When Williams was asked on what he thought about the scrapping of his employment contract with NPR, he stated that he was still coming to terms with it and doesn’t want to talk about it for now.
O’Reilly is not a big fan of Muslims around the world after statements he made about the religion on The View when the Ground Zero mosque issues came up. He said that he didn’t agree with the Ground Zero mosque near the site of the World Trade Centre building because followers of the religion murdered Americans on September 11, 2001.
When Whoopi Goldberg tried to correct him by stating that the terrorists were just radicals and didn’t cut across all Muslims, O’Reilly stated that all Muslims were the same. This led to Goldberg and the other host, Joy Behar to boycott the show.