National Public Radio's firing of Juan Williams tells you all you need to know about the radical, and thoroughly intolerant, left. Williams is a liberal, but still, he isn't liberal enough. The idea that he would acknowledge a mere thought of discomfort at the idea of people in "Muslim garb" on airplanes in a post-9/11 world became a firing offense. It didn't matter that he prefaced it with all the perfunctory and politically correct disclaimers about not being a bigot and we shouldn't blame all Muslims for terrorism.
Today's left is void of any principles whatsoever. They can be as astonishingly offensive and insulting as they want toward Christians, and no one gets punished. The indefatigable Catholic League provides the documentation.
On April 30 on NPR's "Fresh Air," substitute host David Bianculli raved over the leftist musical satirist and Harvard math professor Tom Lehrer for his Catholic-mocking 1965 song "The Vatican Rag." It has lyrics like this: "Get in line in that processional, step into that small confessional, there a guy who's got religion'll tell you if your sin's original." Lehrer also sang, "So you get down on your knees! Fiddle with your rosaries! Bow your head with great respect, and -- Genuflect! Genuflect! Genuflect!"
The NPR host raved over how on the recording, he loved "how the audience often explodes with joy -- sometimes in reaction to a rhyme, sometimes to the music and sometimes because of the sheer audacity of the subject matter."
Now imagine an NPR host raving over the "sheer audacity" of a Muslim-mocking ragtime song satirizing all that bowing to Mecca and the ritual prayers -- without them getting fired within 24 hours.
On July 19, 1997, NPR weekend anchor Scott Simon was also a Lehrer cheerleader. "I think 'The Vatican Rag,' do you mind me telling you, is your most thoroughly brilliant song?" he proclaimed to this anti-Catholic bigot. "There is a combination of shock and horror and laughter on first reaction at that song. It's just extraordinary."
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