October 20th, 2010 22:03 EST
Analyst's Remarks on Muslims Hateful
A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today called on National Public Radio (NPR) to address analyst Juan Williams` statement that airline passengers in "Muslim garb" make him "nervous."
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The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said that during an appearance Monday on Fox`s "O`Reilly Factor," Williams backed Bill O`Reilly`s recent claim that "Muslims killed us on 9/11" and then said: "[W]hen 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."
Video: NPR Analyst Says `Muslim Garb` Make Him `Nervous`
SEE: Juan Williams - News Analyst
"NPR should address the fact that one of its news analysts seems to believe that all airline passengers who are perceived to be Muslim can legitimately be viewed as security threats," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Such irresponsible and inflammatory comments would not be tolerated if they targeted any other racial, ethnic or religious minority, and they should not pass without action by NPR."
He noted that media commentators who launch rhetorical attacks on Islam and Muslims normally do not suffer the professional consequences of those who similarly target other racial, ethnic or religious groups.