Skip to comments.Maher to Guest Defending Islam in Wake of Boston Bombings: 'That's Liberal ####'
Posted on 04/20/2013 11:10:43 AM PDT by Kaslin
Bill Maher on HBO's Real Time Friday made a statement that will make the Right cheer as the left predictably cringes.
After his guest Brian Levin - the director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino - said of the Boston bombings and how it relates to radical Islam, "We have hypocrites across faiths, Jewish, Christian who say they're out for God and end up doing not so nice things," Maher marvelously responded, "Thats liberal bulls--t right there" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
Maher to Guest Defending Islam in the Wake of Boston Bombing: 'That's Lberal Bulls--t'
BILL MAHER, HOST: So you're obviously the perfect person to have here today. You study this all the time, the mind of crazy people who do horrible things. I'm always interested to know how people like the people we caught today up in Boston can have two minds going at the same time. I mean, if you read what the older brother wrote on his, on the internet, he said his world view: Islam. Personal priorities: career and money. And we see this a lot. I mean, the 9/11 hijackers went to strip clubs the night before they got on the plane.
BRIAN LEVIN, DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF HATE AND EXTREMISM AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SAN BERNADINO: Could I just interject? Look, it's not like people who are Muslim who do wacky things have a monopoly on it. We have hypocrites across faiths, Jewish, Christian who say they're out for God and end up doing not so nice things.
MAHER: You know what? Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. You know what? That's, thats liberal bullshit right there. I mean, yes, all faiths
LEVIN: There are no Christian hypocrites?
MAHER: No, there are.
LEVIN: You make a career on that.
MAHER: They just, they're not as dangerous. I mean, there's only one faith, for example, that kills you or wants to kill you if you draw a bad cartoon of the prophet. Theres only one faith that kills you or wants to kill you if you renounce the faith. An ex-Muslim is a very dangerous thing. Talk to Salman Rushdie after the show about Christian versus Islam. So, you know, Im just saying, let's keep it real.
LEVIN: Well, I guess I have a girl for you, Pam Geller you could maybe meet. No, I really disagree with you.
MAHER: I don't know what that means.
LEVIN: Well, shes an Islamaphobe. But, no I
MAHER: Im not an Islamaphobe. Thats wrong. I am a truth lover. All religions are not alike. As many people have pointed out, The Book of Mormon. Did you see the show?
LEVIN: No, it's hard to get tickets.
MAHER: Okay, can you imagine if they did "The Book of Islam?" Could they do that? Theres only one religion that threatens violence and carries it out for things like that. Could they do The Book of Islam on Broadway?
LEVIN: Possibly so.
MAHER: Possibly so? Tell me what color the sky is in your world.
LEVIN: Here's my difficulty with your premise here, Bill, and that is look at how religions over history have had things done in their name that have been terrible.
MAHER: Absolutely. But we're not in history. We're in 2013.
LEVIN: But what I would tell you
MAHER: You're right, during the Middle Ages, I would say Christianity was the bigger problem.
LEVIN: If I may, though. You are making an error in that Islam has over 1.4 billion adherents. Theres a heterogeneity to it. Are there extremists who are horrible people who would slit your throats? Yes. But there are also folks that are fine, upstanding people.
MAHER: Of course.
LEVIN: And I'm very worried you have a national audience where we're promoting Islamic hatred.
MAHER: No, you're wrong about that and you're wrong about your facts. Now, obviously, most Muslim people are not terrorists, but ask most Muslim people in the world, if you insult the prophet, do you have what's coming to you. It's more than just a fringe element.
Folks that are surprised by this shouldn't be, as this isn't the first time Maher has come out strongly against radical Islam.
In 2011, he told Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) that the Koran is a "hate-filled book" and that "the threat potentially from radicalized Muslims is a unique and greater threat" than from "right-wing militias and Timothy McVeigh types."
As for going after the hypocrisy of the Left, Maher last month said in regard to the high taxes he's now paying, "Liberals - you could actually lose me."
Is there hope for Bill Maher?
Is it possible the far more reasonable person that existed in the '90s with a program on Comedy Central called Politically Incorrect is starting to reemerge after more than a decade of hibernation?
You do know that praying for people like Mare is as much for you as it is for him. He makes my blood boil as much as anyone, can’t stand the guy. Praying for people like him helps me to let the negativity go and maybe it will help them become better people. It’s worth a try, anyway.
Most atheists (apparently including Maher) have no clue about the multiple millions, truly over a hundred million, that have died at the hand of an atheist ideology.
Their belief in their own self enlightenment helps them forget the cost of their delusions.
Thanks for the ping!
Is Hannity capable of eviscerating anyone (not named Colmes) in an argument?
I’m southern baptist
We aren’t taught praying for others benefits us
We pray for others cause its right
I will pray for our enemies as we kill them
If I remember in the course if events and all
Really...you have at it
Soon enough when it gets bad enough you might forget to
The Left will eventually follow the path of national socialism.
Step One is giving up pacifism.
Maher hints he could be at that point.
1. you say it was generous of the French king to allow those to practise a faith different from that of the monarch -- that generosity was not practised in England or the Scandanavian countries...
2. These were not Christians who defiled Churches.
2b. There were no "Roman mobs" -- do read your history, the Roman Empire ended in the West in 453 AD. And do learn some geography, this was France, not Roma
3. There was no murder -- evidently you didn't read in 1562-70, we have the wars -- now political-religious, so no, it was not a simple case of "persecution" --> The Huguenots were one side of a civil war, which they lost -- the losing side in a civil war gets killed.
Incorrect -- many of the founders were Deists and there were 4 Catholic signers, so it wasn't the reformers ideas
The framers of the constitution instinctively harked back to ancient Greece and Rome and set up their institutions based on Rome (the Senate for example or congressus) -- so do read up on history before commenting
Liberalism is a great set of warm, fuzzy ideals until you have to (a) pay for them or (b) die for them.
Highly indoctrinated. He reminds me of some of the post-Gorbachev communists that bought the party line so deeply. They were shell shocked to find it all a lie.
I have always found Bill Maher far more interesting to watch than Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity...
Bill shares much of the same skepticism and disgust that I have for our politicians and government.
Of course they committed terrible sins and we must disassociate ourselves from what they did back then but dont even try to deny that they were obeying scriptural injunctions! Perhaps YOU should study your Bible. Misinterpreted or not this is what the Bible says:
Exodus 22:20: He who sacrifices to any god, other than to the Lord alone, shall be utterly destroyed.
If you dont know what utterly destroyed means, heres clarification for you:
Deut. 13:6-10: If your brother, your mothers son, or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul, entice you secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods (whom neither you nor your fathers have known, of the gods of the peoples who are around you, near you or far from you, from one end of the earth to the other end) you shall not yield to him or listen to him; and your eye shall not pity him, nor shall you spare or conceal him. But you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. So you shall stone him to death because he has sought to seduce you from the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
Deut 17:2-7: If there is found in your midst, in any of your towns, which the Lord your God is giving you, a man or a woman who does what is evil in the sight of the Lord your God, by transgressing His covenant, and has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, or the sun or the moon or any of the heavenly host, which I have not commanded, and if it is told you and you have heard of it, then you shall inquire thoroughly. And behold, if it is true and the thing certain that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, then you shall bring out that man or that woman who has done this evil deed, to your gates, that is, the man or the woman, and you shall stone them to death. On the evidence of two witnesses or three witnesses, he who is to die shall be put to death; he shall not be put to death on the evidence of one witness.
Luke 19:27: But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence.
By the way, it is well documented that Christian killed Christian in very, very high numbers possibly in the multi-millions obeying orders from people such as Pope Innocent III who said, Anyone who attempts to construe a personal view of God which conflicts with Church dogma must be burned without pity. The Inquisition was an ecclesiastical court and process of the Roman Catholic Church setup for the purpose towards the discovery and punishment of heresy which wielded immense power and brutality in medieval and early modern times. The Inquisitions function was principally assembled to repress all heretics of rights, depriving them of their estate and assets which became subject to the ownership of the Catholic treasury, with each relentlessly sought to destroy anyone who spoke, or even thought differently to the Catholic Church. This system for close to over six centuries became the legal framework throughout most of Europe that orchestrated one of the most despicable religious orders in the course of mankind.
In the ages of faith, when the priest, was little less than a God himself, a curse from his lips was often more feared than physical torments. To even establish an accusation against a bishop itself required 72 witnesses; against a deacon was 27; against an inferior dignitary was 7, and for non-members of the clergy, 2 was sufficient to convict. Whole communities went mad with grief and fear of the thought towards being denounced to the Inquisition. It spread all over Europe. Men, women, and children, all legally murdered on evidence by a church, which today would only be accepted if the court and jury specifically composed of the inmates of a lunatic asylum.
Do some research. Things were pretty gory back then; the period wasnt called the Dark Ages for nothing. Christians had a few hundred years jump on the Muzzies but now they are trying to catch up. What Ive said here is documented and taught I learned this stuff over 50 years ago. You can deny it all you want but that doesnt change the truth.
same is happening in Europe
When a Christian says he is praying for his enemies, it is not really praying for good things or blessings, except for the blessing that God would open their eyes and soften their hearts. Were this to happen, then that enemy now potentially Not your enemy.
Christ came when almost All people then alive were enemies to Him, and he prayed for their forgiveness.
I do believe some bad times are coming for our country. Be praying Now for those that might come against you/us.
Have a blessed day.
That’s awfully revisionist. The Catholic Church has plenty of demons but I would also agree that a vast majority of them are in the past. I would just suggest that we don’t forget that power corrupts.
You are awfully ignorant.
You are Christian first before you are anything else. Jesus taught we are to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Doing this changes us and changes them as it puts God into the middle of the equation. This is not a passive exercise.
It pains me to say this, but, kudos to Maher on this one.
Sounds like a recipe to always be defeated and damn right it sounds passive
Are u male or female?
I’m gonna pass on all that
I’ve got faith God can sort it out