NPR commentator and Fox News Channel analyst Juan Williams' comments on the O'Reilly Factor that people in Muslim garb on airplanes make him feel nervous has drawn the criticism of the Council on American Islamic Relations.
Williamswas supporting O'Reilly, whose comment on ABC's The View that "Muslims killed us on 9/11" prompted two of the show's hosts to walk off the set in protest.
"[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," Williams said.
CAIR is asking NPR to "address" the issue.
"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."