But then again, there are those who make the case that we're applying a double standard to Muslims. Robert Wright writes:
Suppose Williams had said something hurtful to gay people instead of to Muslims. Suppose he had said gay men give him the creeps because he fears they’ll make sexual advances. NPR might well have fired him, but would Fox News have chosen that moment to give him a $2-million pat on the back? I don’t think so. Playing the homophobia card is costlier than playing the Islamophobia card.I think Wright might have a point, so I present his comparison so you dear readers can show me if I'm wrong. Is there a significant nafka mina between what Williams said and an imaginary scenario where Juan says that he's creeped out by men who are openly* gay because the only sort of men who generally hit on other men happen to be* gay?
I'm brought to consider Wright's view after reading Rabbi Shafran's piece defending Williams. Originally, I was on Williams' side too. But I think Shafran's poor defense has brought me to reconsider Wright's view. Shafran wrote: