22 April 2013

Bill Maher: I am not an Islamophobe, I am a truth lover.

 Here's an excerpt.
Levin: It's not like it's people who are Muslim who do wacky things have a monopoly on it. We have hypocrites across faiths...
Maher: You know what, that is liberal bullshit right there. 
Levin: There are no religious hypocrites? You made a career on that.
Maher: They're not as dangerous. There's only one 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 on 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. 
Levin: I have a girl for you, Pam Geller, you can maybe meet.
Maher: I don't know what that means.
Levin: Well, she's an Islamophobe.
Maher: I'm not an Islamophobe, That's wrong. I am a truth lover. All religions are not alike.
Bill Maher is right: It's time to drop the liberal bullshit.

All religions are not the same. Let's stop pretending like they are.


Stephen said...

Now, now... let's not be culturally insensitive. ;-)
Steve Weeks

wjkolar said...

All religions are basically the same. What is different is that in our western culture religion is moderated buy secular influences. This is one reason it is so important to maintain a separation between religion and state.

Pocketguy said...

Does Yark or anyone else have an example of people killing others in the name of Buddhism? (I suspect that religions really are different and it will be hard to find one.)

The Crusades are a ready example of murder in the name of Christianity, so I don't need an example of that.

wjkolar said...

The hard line Buddhists monks who are mostly seen in the Political stage and protests have been the main force driving the hatred against Tamils in Sri Lanka. In their preachings and prayers, they have taught one and only one thing to the Sinhalese majority; "This island belongs to Sinhalese only and everybody else need to be eliminated.".

Continue reading at NowPublic.com: Form of Buddhism that preaches violence and hatred in Sri Lanka | NowPublic Photo Archives http://www.nowpublic.com/world/form-buddhism-preaches-violence-and-hatred-sri-lanka#ixzz2S72yEhQh

IdeaMan said...

All religions are dangerous, but Muslims take their religion more seriously which makes their religion more dangerous. I believe its because the requirements of Islam for the individual are modest and achievable as opposed to other religions which have requirements for individuals that are impossible or impractical. Muslims are never forced to compromise as individuals on their requirements and therefore never forced to question any of the wisdom in their religion as a result of trying to follow that religion. The social requirements of Islam are impossible (zakat does not provide enough revenue for the government) but Muslims blame someone else for that failure and not the religion itself.

Brucker said...

I see Yark Hutprancer beat me to it, but if Maher specifically means that Islam is the only major religion in the 21st century that does this sort of thing, I'd agree. If he's trying to imply Islam is the only religion like that ever, he's clearly wrong. As people love to point out, we Christians had the Crusades and the Inquisition among other lesser-known historical incidents, and if one assumes that the ancient Israelites actually followed the letter of the Mosaic Law, then there was plenty of stuff like that in their early history.

I was quite impressed with the insightfulness of this Daily Show segment which compares Islam to an unruly teenager, and points out that most major religions seem to go through an "awkward phase", so to speak.