Juan Williams surely didn't mean to slander Christians when he disputed Bill O'Reilly's assertion that "Muslims killed us on 9/11." Appearing on Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor October 18, Williams told the host: "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."
It would be especially crazy in the case of McVeigh. Although raised a Roman Catholic, the Oklahoma City bomber claimed no theological justification for his crime. In a letter he sent to the Buffalo News just before his 2001 execution, he described himself as an agnostic. (By contrast, Atlanta bomber Eric Rudolph has asserted religious motives, as do the funeral protesters of the Westboro Baptist Church, whose behavior, while foul, is nonviolent.)