Let me first state that I have never, ever like Bill Maher. I find him an abrasive, ultra-progressive to the point of communist, Christian hating, a-hole. His brand of “humor” isn’t funny and there is a lot more I could say about him but that would be getting off topic. All of that being said, it doesn’t mean that he won’t root out a kernel of truth every once in a while. Like an instructor I once had who said, “Even a blind squirrel occasionally finds a nut.” So too did Maher jump into a topic with an enlightened stance.
On his show, Real time with Bill Maher, earlier this month Maher used his show to challenge his guests about Islamic violence while they were discussing Nigeria’s Boko Haram. Maher’s guests at the time were Arianna Huffington, whom we all know, comedian Baratunde Thurston, whom I’ve never heard of, Dinesh D’Souza, a political filmmaker who released 2016: Obama’s America base of his books and Matt Welch, the editor in chief of Reason Magazine (a libertarian magazine).
Maher read the statement of the leader of Boko Haram who paraphrased Islam giving him the right to sell the Nigerian girls that he had kidnapped. Maher said, ““There’s no mention here of connecting this to the religion, which is always what I am seeking to do because I think that’s the elephant in the room. And that in the religion at large, women are seen as property, second-class at best, often as property. Shouldn’t that be brought to light in this debate as well.”
This split his guests right down the middle; Welch and D’Souza siding with Maher and Thurston and Huffington on the other. He sought to spark a debate on Islam and its relation to the people and he succeeded. He successfully argued that Islam is a culture of violence and we ought to hold the people who engage in this and use their religion as a cover to continue to kill and subjugate others responsible for the teachings that are giving them the “permission” to engage in this type of behavior.
Huff and puffington warned him against blaming and entire religion for the work of a few extremists and Thurston sought to tie that radical violence to Christians, to which Maher responded, “If this were the 14th Century I would be coming down on the Christians because that is when they were too violent… Religion and cultures change.” Maher is off a bit on his timeline, but he is clearly referencing the Inquisition when countless people were put to death by religious zealots between the 13th and 15th centuries. He is not making a reference to the Crusades which were fought against Islam between the 11th and 17th centuries (roughly 1095-1798). It is clearly pointed out, and not lost on this author, that the vast majority of terror related activities around the world have something to so with Islam or are tied to Islam and the people, i.e. the liberals on the left want to either ignore that fact or push it under the rug as unimportant. “Where it becomes dangerous is that liberals like yourself do not stand up for liberalism. Liberalism means, one, mostly, equality of women, free speech, no death threats…” said Maher.
I may not agree with most of his points of view, but on this one he has hit the nail on the head. There can only be so long that the liberals use the ostrich method to ignore the fact that more and more sectarian violence and terrorism is coming out of the Muslim world and it is directed at not just Jews and Christians, but at all non-Islam believing people. When the 84% of the Muslim world believes that the correct punishment for apostasy is death, we are looking into the face of an absolute evil and repressive political movement parading as a religion of peace.
Multiculturalists be damned, there sometimes is a wrong way to do things and to continue to say that all the people aren’t responsible for the actions of a few are wrong when those actions of the few are supported by most of the adherants to the religion. You cannot let people tacitly support the murder and subjugation of others and call them peaceful, misunderstood, or any other bull…and Maher seems to understand this at its core. I may not agree with 99.9% of the things that come out of his mouth, but in this instance he is right and liberals everywhere ought to take a step back and look at the actions and words of those they are defending before that violence spills over into their own backyard.