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Bill Maher occasionally sleeps at a Holiday Inn Express, because he was speaking sense for a change on his HBO show ‘Real Time.’ Somebody mark the calendar.
When guest Professor Brian Levin tried to allege that religious extremism isn’t only a product of Islam, the longtime critic of Islamist extremism pounced:
“You know what, yeah, yeah,” Maher said. “You know what — that’s liberal bullsh*t right there … 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. There’s 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, I’m just saying let’s keep it real.”
The host also felt compelled to pre-empt a reflexive criticism that is a part of the political correctness that conditions nearly all public conversations.
“I am not an Islamophobe,” Maher said. “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? … OK, can you imagine if they did ‘The Book of Islam?’ Could they do that? There’s only one religion that threatens violence and carries it out for things like that. Could they do “The Book of Islam” on Broadway?”
Professor Levin replied ‘possibly so,’ implying that such a show was foreseeable in the United States and Maher duly refuted it.
“You’re wrong about that and you’re wrong about your facts,” Maher said. “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.”
Bill Maher’s argument follows upon multiple reports of a military presentation claiming that religious extremism can feed political violence. The identities of Evangelical, Christian, Catholic, Morman (sic) Americans, etc. are suspect, just like the various types of Islamist and jihadist ideologies animating violent terrorist groups.
The following image was taken from the Army presentation:
And of course, everyone recalls this goldie-oldie from the Department of Homeland Security:
“The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms [note: this was published on April 7th, 2009] and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.”
The Army presentation is yet more evidence that the U.S. government is all about preaching tolerance and diversity, except towards Christians and those that oppose big government. Tolerance should be for all — except for violent jihadists who seek to kill other human beings of any religious background.