Bill Maher’s blistering anti-Islamist rant: Accuracy is not politically correct

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WASHINGTON, May 10, 2014 — Bill Maher may be a major financial supporter of the Democratic Party, but he is anything but a blind follower.

Last Friday night, Maher used his usual brand of intellectual, scathing sarcasm to challenge his liberal guests about Islamic violence during a discussion of Nigeria’s Boko Haram.

Maher took his audience, and panelists Arianna Huffington and comedian Baratunde Thurston, off-guard when he pushed them on the role of Islam in justifying Boko Haram’s kidnapping of 300 young women and threatening to sell them on the open market. He questioned why liberals do not openly condemn Islamic violence, and pointed to the strong link between current day terrorist attacks and the religion.

Maher noted, “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.”

Both Huffington and Thurston challenged Maher, warning him against blaming an entire religion for the work of a few extremists.

Thurston’s statement that Islam does not have a monopoly on extremism prompted a swift retort from Maher, who noted, “Kind of, they do.” Maher pointed out that while other religions may have occasional instances of extremism, Islam seems to have large numbers of radicals.

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Maher’s reply to Thurston’s statement that Christians also commit acts of violence was equally scalding, “If this was the 14th century,” said Maher, “I would be coming down on the Christians because that’s when they were too violent.” Then he added, “Religions and cultures change.”

Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza then backed Maher, noting that most modern day terrorist attacks have some tie to Islam, making an odd team of Maher and D’Souza versus Huffington and Thurston.

Maher’s most scathing comment was in response to Huffington, after she asserted that it is dangerous for people to stereotype all Muslims as terrorists.

Maher noted, “Where it becomes dangerous is that liberals like yourself do not stand up for liberalism. Liberalism means, one, mostly, equality of women.”


Religion is one of Maher’s favorite topics, and in 2008, he released the movie Religulous, directed by Larry Charles, which provided a satirical look at the world’s religions. describes the movie, saying:

“Bill Maher made a comedy/documentary called “Religulous” that’s most famous for mercilessly mocking Christianity. But what people forget is that the last twenty-minutes or so of the film make a damning case against Islam. Bill Maher made a film that mocked Islam.”

The talk show host is notoriously liberal, and is also a rabid backer of the Democratic Party. In 2012, Maher publicly disclosed that he gave $1 million to President Obama’s Super Pac.

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Despite this allegiance, however, Friday’s show was not the first time Maher has attacked liberals or democrats. No one is safe from Maher’s inspection.

For example, in February, Maher challenged New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for what he called “slut-shaming from the left.” Maher slammed de Blasio as a hypocrite for firing Lis Smith, the woman poised to become his spokesperson, because she was dating Eliot Spitzer. According to Maher, de Blasio was painting Smith with a scarlet letter, although she had done no wrong and committed no crime. She was, he pointed out, an adult free to date anyone she wanted.

Maher is not known for treading lightly or for anything close to political correctness. His television show, Politically Incorrect, was cancelled by ABC in 2002 after nine years, when he called the U.S. more “cowardly” than the 9/11 attackers for using long-distance cruise missiles against them.

In 2003, Maher started Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO.

Maher obviously does not limit his attacks to democrats. Republicans are often targeted in derisive and even offensive ways. He has called Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann offensive names that make event their opponents uncomfortable, and even harangues their family members and supporters.

He verbally eviscerates his opponents, and frequently crosses the line between slightly scandalous humor and just plain bad taste.

While his delivery can be repellent, Maher does provide a reminder to those blindly following political ideology sprinkled with the fairy dust of celebrity politicians: don’t believe everything you hear. Just because your party says so, doesn’t mean it’s accurate.

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Lisa M. Ruth is Editor-in-Chief of CDN. In addition to her editing and leadership duties, she also writes on international events, intelligence, and other topics. She has worked with CDN as a journalist since 2009. Lisa is also President of CTC International Group, Inc., a research and analysis firm in South Florida, providing actionable intelligence to decisionmakers. She started her career at the CIA, where she won several distinguished awards for her service. She holds an MA in international relations from the University of Virginia, and a BA in international relations from George Mason University. She also serves as Chairman of the Board of Horses Healing Hearts, and is involved with several other charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and AYSO.
  • J.t. Coleman

    So.. is this supposed to make Maher some type of hero for overstating the obvious? When will people begin to accept the truth for the truth instead of accepting it because some celebrity agrees with it? While I am glad he stood for the truth on this issue, Maher is still part of the problem in this country.

    • Nyckid

      how is he part of the problem?

      • kjenkinsaf

        Because he’s a liberal and donates obscene amounts of money to the DNC. That’s how.

        • Nyckid

          better than donating to the repubs (aka Americans for theocracy)

  • TCloud

    So when did radical Christians start killing innocent people for no reason. Buddists,Taoist’s Hindu’s? The crusades aside Islam is all by itself on this one.

    • Celia

      Buddhist….Tacist…Hindus are cults. Christians believe in “Christ” that is where the word comes from. Christians do not kill anyone. Christians believe certain things are a sin, but people have a right to choose for themselves. They do not try to force anyone to accept Christ. They do not hate anyone, but pray for people to accept Christ. Muslim, Islam, is the cruelest so called religion out there. They treat women just awful, they stone gay people, they make children of the age of 9 go into marriage with old men. Hollywood just woke up to their beliefs. Most people have been so busy defending Muslims that they have not bothered to read their Koran and see what they believe. Some in America were even saying if they were living in America that they should be able to live by their laws here, then they discovered what their law said….shock, shock.

      • Don Bailey

        Celia, I beg to differ with you on a point. The Muslim God is not the one and the same as the Christian God. Originally, before the birth of Mohamed, the God of Islam was a moon god. In the Koran and the Hadith, Mohamed spells out how the most obedient Muslim, man, woman, and child, must live their life. Islam is a lifestyle at best, just as much a cult as any of those you listed above because no obedient Muslim dare break the law, because true believers watch each others every move.

  • thinkingabovemypaygrade

    Glad Maher could confront Arianna Huffington with the blatant fact that Islam is today’s basic semi political faith of violence. Of course, not all, but the quiet muslims are not standing up to the abusive/murderous ones.

  • JaneSmith100

    Wow, go Bill! Speak the truth to power as the left says, and in this case, very true!

  • Celia

    Hollywood has finally read the Koran and see how the feel about homosexuals. Hollywood has always known Christians believe it is wrong, but they are free to choose. Muslims have a very different take on it and Jay Leno just spoke out about muslim’s law. I think it is funny, how could they have not known?????

  • acmaurer

    A year ago, Bill Maher was seen in a video clip on YouTube excoriating radical Islam–calling the left’s ignoring of it the elephant in the terrorism room. It got pulled.

  • Dorothy Durham

    For once ,I can partially agree with Maher…We need to stop letting Muslims in our country unless they plan on becoming a good AMERICAN ,…Don’t try ro shove your terrible religious laws on us,And don’t tell me we worship the same God.Our God is an Awsome God,,He does NOT REWARD ANYONE FOR CRUEL AND BARBARIC actions

  • Matt Lankford

    maybe you should do some reading about the crusades before you condemn their actions or compare them to modern day. They were NOT afraid to defend Christians that were being slaughtered by muslims! Unlike today!

  • Pajama Boy

    Even an overbloated egotistical neoMarxist might be right twice a day.

  • Grumpy Cat

    Lisa M. Ruth started her career at the CIA, where she won several distinguished awards for her service and analysis.

    You mean like the “Geeky Numbers That Killed the Most Spies” award?

  • criticall

    Can you people possibly be any more ignorant? Reloigion is the problem, period!. The christians have spent the past 30 years molesting children and then hiding the perverts all over the world. Is this where YOU go for morality lessons? All the wars being fought on this planet are done so in the name of some non-existant extraterestrial father figure that that was created to combat our primitive fear of darkness and death. Religion is the last residue of our under developed cerebral cortex.