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Bill O’Reilly needs a Muslim hug
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by Amer Zahr
June 11th, 2014 (5 Comments)
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Someone needs to give Bill O’Reilly a hug. And that someone should be a Muslim.

In 2010, Bill O’Reilly told us, “There’s no question that there is a Muslim problem in the world.” As a peaceful, loving person, I believe a tender embrace could change his mind.

In all fairness, O’Reilly is not that unique among his coworkers.

Over the past many years, Fox News has been at the forefront of the smear campaign against Muslims. The company has spent time labeling Barack Obama as a former Muslim, a secret Muslim, and a foreign Muslim. Being a Muslim of any kind is not okay over there.

Herman Cain, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, famously said that he would not appoint any Muslims judges or cabinet members if elected president. After suspending his campaign and dropping out of the race, Fox News hired him a contributor. Making sweeping, bigoted comments against Muslims might make you a tough hire for most jobs. At Fox, on the other hand, it lights up your resumé.

Eric Bolling, another Fox News host, told us in 2012 that President Obama “answers to the Quran first and to the Constitution second.”

Dick Morris, a former contributor, once said that the Park 51 Islamic Community Center near Ground Zero was planning to “train the same kind of terrorists” that attacked the U.S. on 9/11. He also warned that the building would be a “command center for terrorism.” Bill O’Reilly said the building would contain “condos for Al Qaeda.”

Of course, it goes without saying that just about everything spoken about Muslims on Fox News is false or purposely misleading. But the scariest thing is how ignorant all the hosts and contributors are. It seems that the only stuff the people working at Fox News know about Muslims is what they’re learning about Muslims on Fox News.

After Barack Obama secured the release of American solider Bowe Bergdahl, the people at Fox News didn’t really know what to do. I mean, how could they trash Obama for bringing home an American prisoner of the Taliban, even if the president is a secret, former, foreign Muslim. They actually should have been thankful that our president’s middle name is Hussein. That’s probably why the Taliban negotiated with him. Having a Muslim president can have its perks.

Nonetheless, the Fox News people were at a loss for words. But then, President Obama took to the Rose Garden with Bowe’s parents, including his father, who was donning a long, flowing beard. Bill O’Reilly’s prayers were answered. Maybe Jesus does watch Fox News. O’Reilly quickly took to the airwaves and said that Bowe’s father Robert “looks like a Muslim.” After receiving some criticism, the next night he expounded and articulately told us, “The reason I said that Robert Bergdahl looks like a Muslim is because he looks like a Muslim.”   Now, although he never specifically said as much, O’Reilly’s tone kind of made it sound like being a Muslim was not a good thing.

Furthermore, as far as we know, his father didn’t convert to Islam. And neither did the former prisoner. I mean, it’s not like he changed his name to Bowe Abu Bergdahl.

I truly believe that Bill O’Reilly and his friends at Fox News just need more exposure to our loving ways. So, if you’re a Muslim and you come across Bill O’Reilly, please stop, smile, stretch out your arms, and give him a big Muslim hug. For the Muslim women out there, I know that it might be against sharia law to hug a man you’re not related to. But in this case, you can consider it charity. Bill needs it. It could change his life.

And if you’re a Muslim man, bring Bill in for a nice, close, firm embrace. But let’s avoid the whole male cheek-kissing thing. He’s not ready for that yet. Oh, and if you do have facial hair, rub your cheek up against his a little bit. Show him that a beard, even when it’s on an actual Muslim, actually isn’t all that bad.

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* Amer Zahr is a Palestinian American comedian, writer, professor and speaker living in Dearborn, Michigan. He is also the editor of "The Civil Arab."

Comments (5)
  1. Fox News should be renamed “Sucks News”!

  2. “There is no question that that there is a muslim problem in the world” yet most of the major wars were started and fought by Christians mainly the United States, Russia, France, Germany, Great Britain and lets not forget the longest war in the history of mankind, now exceeding over 65 continuous years, the Israeli Occupation which was started by Jews.

  3. Nariman Khalaf ... June 12th, 2014 - 07:04

    very nice!

  4. The reaction regarding his beard is ridiculous and racist. Funny how if he was a person on the show “Duck Dynasty” they’d have no problem with his beard. Sad how people will discriminate on such petty and irrelevant things.

  5. Funny how people over there in the US can say whatever they like about Muslims and go unaccountable! I live in Palestine, and don’t dare making such hateful, sinister comments about anyone of any religion. We don’t have bespoke rules and boundaries here, but we know what to say and when. I thought the US was far more advanced with watching your mouth in and not slandering religions in public. I’m obviously wrong, or the rules are very lax when it comes to Muslims?


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