If there is a major backlash for former NPR’s news analyst Juan Williams over his comments, why isn't there for Lincoln University Associate Professor Kaukab Siddique for his anti-Semitic comments? (Editor’ note: While CBN may not be seen as an objective news source, this video is only posted so people can hear what Siddique said at an anti-Israel rally this past Labor Day in Washington, D.C.)
While some are decrying former NPR’s news analyst Juan Williams’ comments about Muslims, there isn’t a lot of big media attention or criticism thrown at Muslim college professor who calls Zionism a “hydra-headed monster” that needs to be destroyed.
While Williams was fired from NPR when he told FOX News’ pundit Bill O’Reilly that he gets nervous when he sees Muslims in a plane, Kaukab Siddique, an associate professor of English at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, can’t be fired because he has tenure, The Blaze reported of CBN’s coverage
The Blaze report, just four days ago!
While attending a Washington, D.C., Labor Day rally against Israel, Siddique, in all of his anti-Semitism glory, said:
“We must stand united to defeat, to destroy, to dismantle Israel — if possible by peaceful means. Perhaps, like Saladin, we will give them enough food and water to travel back to the lands from where they came to occupy other people. …
“For the Jews, I would say see what could happen to you if the Muslims wake up. And I say to the Muslims, dear brothers and sisters, unite and rise up against this hydra-headed monster which calls itself Zionism. … It is obvious to us that Zionism is racism. It is obvious to us that Zionism is genocide. It is obvious to us that Zionism is terrorism. …”
Now let’s compare to what Williams’ said:
“I mean, 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 a 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.”
And Williams went on to say that “not everyone in a religious group — Christian or Muslim — should be lumped together with extremists,” reported The Associated Press
Associated Press article.
What Williams said is a hell of a lot tamer and not as evil than Siddique’s spewed hatred. But somehow public opinion doesn’t think so or there will be major backlash, just like what Williams is unfairly getting.
And unlike Williams, Siddique, a Holocaust denier, can’t get fired. The university said it can’t control Siddique’s private life and he has tenure. And since Siddique has tenure, like most tenured professors, he can’t get fired, unless he’s caught murdering someone, and even then it’s iffy.
But in an e-mail to The Philadelphia News
The Philadelphia News article, Siddique said that he’s not anti-Semitic or hostile to the Jews and that he apologizes to anyone that he has offended. Yes, apparently there is nothing hostile when calling for the destruction of the home of a group of people that he has also called racist and a hydra-headed monster.
So somehow this does not seem fair that Williams can be blasted by so many for stating his opinions, yet he still calls for tolerance, but meanwhile Siddique can call for the destruction of Israel and no one says “boo.”
Maybe this is too much out-of-the-box thinking for some, but do you think that maybe just this once we can get our priorities in order?
This column originally appeared on SodaHead.com
My column on SodaHead.com today.