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Juan Williams talks Muslims & terror in O’Reilly clip that got him fired by NPR

Here are Juan Williams’ comments, in full, on Monday’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” in which The Daily Caller‘s Mary Katharine Ham also makes an appearance. Among his comments are admonitions that Americans should be careful not to lump in moderate Muslims in with extremist Muslims, but that we also can’t deny the truth that acts of terror are being committed in the name of Islam:

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,” he said. “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’re identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous….

[Faisal Shahzad] said the war with Muslims, America’s war is just beginning, first drop of blood. I don’t think there’s any way to get away from these facts. …

Wait a second though, wait, hold on, because if you said Timothy McVeigh, the Atlanta bomber, these people who are protesting against homosexuality at military funerals, very obnoxious, you don’t say first and foremost, we got a problem with Christians. That’s crazy…

And, these exchanges with O’Reilly, in which he again stresses the need to be careful with rhetoric and judgments:

O’REILLY: Juan, who is posing a problem in Germany? Is it the Muslims who have come there or the Germans? […] Who’s causing the problem?

WILLIAMS: I think — I think — no, no, wait. See, you did it again. It’s extremists. It’s people who refuse to —

O’REILLY: It’s not extremists.

WILLIAMS: It’s a German society. They are the ones causing that problem…

WILLIAMS: But, Bill, here’s a caution point. The other day in New York, some guy cuts a Muslim cabby’s neck and says he’s attacking him or you think about the protest at the mosque near Ground Zero —

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WILLIAMS: I don’t know what is in that guy’s head. But I’m saying, we don’t want in America, people to have their rights violated to be attacked on the street because they heard a rhetoric from Bill O’Reilly and they act crazy. We’ve got to say to people as Bill was saying tonight, that guy is a nut.

O’REILLY: He is a nut. And I said that about the guy in Florida — who wanted to burn the Koran. I came down on him like crazy.

WILLIAMS: Correct. There you go.