And this is a freedom that entertainers have that, unfortunately, our politicians have to tip-toe around.
You’re not going to catch me cheering on Bill Maher, as a general rule.
The man is no friend to Christians, having made our beliefs a target of scorn and ridicule for years.
That being said, he’s not exclusive with his disdain for religion, and he has not held his tongue in the usual, liberal way, as far as protecting Islam from criticism.
Again, he’s no champion for Christ, but in a recent episode of “Real Time,” Maher came out hard against apologists for Islam, in forcing them to look at the differences between Christians in the world and followers of Islam.
On Friday’s broadcast, the recent terror attack in London, where four people were killed was the hot topic.
One guest, Louise Mensch, a former Conservative member of the U.K. Parliament, and current Heat Street columnist jumped to the defense of the Islamic community in London.
“The guy was British-born. His name was Adrian before his converted. And partisans of Russia were out in the streets saying it was an illegal immigrant who did it, trying to turn the London people against our Muslim friends and neighbors. And you’re not going to do that.”
“Let’s not pretend this has nothing to do with Islam, the religion,” he said.
“It doesn’t,” Mensch responded. “It has nothing to do with Islam the same way Timothy McVeigh had nothing to do with Roman Catholicism.”
Tim McVeigh seems to be all they have. He’s the go-to reference point whenever someone needs to talk about the violence of Christianity – that, and the Crusades.
“Every time some bomb goes off, before it goes off, somebody yells ‘Allahu Akbar!’” said Maher. “I never hear anybody go ‘Merry Christmas! This one’s for the flying nun!’”
Heh. Good one.
Of course, those who feel the need to cover for Islam won’t let facts slow them down.
“When Christians do anything like this, do we ever say, ‘Christian terrorism’?” asked Yale professor and author Timothy Snyder.
“No. But is Christian terrorism as big a problem?” asked Maher in response.
“If you lived in Oklahoma City in the 90s,” injected MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “We’re talking about London here.”
Seriously? I think we have enough problems in the now that gazing backwards is probably counterproductive, at this point.
You’ve got to have more than that.
“That’s a false equivalency,” Maher shot back. “Are there Christian terrorist armies like ISIS?”
“The IRA that blew up London for 15 years!” Hayes exclaimed.
“Yes. But that’s the past! We’re living in the now. There was also the Inquisition,” retorted Maher.
Nice way to get in front of that, because you knew it was coming, eventually.
“Are there Christian terrorist armies now. .. like ISIS, Al Qaeda, al-Shaabab, Boko Haram? Are there armies like that in the world that aren’t Muslim?” he asked. “Let’s not f–k around anymore! Can we get real?”
“I literally don’t agree with you,” Mensch said. “Russia is sending Chechen militants into ISIS trying to leverage this against a billion people.”
He made sense.
He made a lot of sense, but the contortionist views of the left won’t be easily bent.
It makes me wonder if they actually hear themselves.
When they’re alone at night with their thoughts, do they ever go back and question their rationale, in the face of reality? Are these real beliefs they have, or are they so bound to their ideology that the narrative is all that matters?
I’m cautious about handing out kudos to somebody who has been so vile and insulting to the very core of who I am, but I’ll just hang one on the end of a very long pole and extend it to Maher, here. He was right on the money.