Juan Williams Fired For Remarks On Muslims

(WASHINGTON TIMES)

A top House Republican said Friday the party will ask Americans whether to cut off funding for NPR after the radio network fired commentator Juan Williams this week for his comments about Muslims.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, said the GOP will add cutting funding for NPR to its ""YouCut"" program, which asks constituents what federal programs they would want to slash.

Mr. Cantor said NPR's firing of Mr. Williams, who said in an interview on Fox News this week he feels uncomfortable when he sees someone wearing tradition Muslim religious attire get on an airplane, is ""over-reaching political correctness,"" and said it is ""chipping away at the fundamental American freedoms of speech and expression.""

""NPR's decision to fire Juan Williams not only undermines that, it shows an ignorance of the fact that radical Islam and the terrorists who murder in its name scare people of all faiths, religions, and beliefs,"" Mr. Cantor said.

While in the minority, Republicans' YouCut program has been mostly advisory. The House GOP caucus has tried to offer the cuts as amendments to bills, but has been shut down procedurally by the Democratic majority.

But if Republicans win control of the House, the program could have real teeth. In their ""Pledge to America"" campaign agenda, House Republicans said they will hold weekly votes on specific spending cuts, and mentioned YouCut as part of that initiative.

Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina planned to introduce legislation to end federal funding for NPR, the Associated Press reported. DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton said the senator would expand upon his proposal in a statement on Friday.