On HBO’s “Real Time” on Friday night, host Bill Maher entertained CSU-San Bernardino professor Brian Levin, director of the Center for Study of Hate and Extremism, who maintained that despite the events in recent days, religious extremism isn’t only a product of Islam.
But Maher took issue with that claim, calling it “liberal bullshit” and said there was no comparison.
“You know what, yeah, yeah,” Maher said. “You know what — that’s liberal bullshit 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.”
Levin referenced outspoken Islam critic Pamela Geller as an example to refute Maher’s claim. But, Maher argued there was no comparison and denied he was Islamophobic.
“I am not an Islamophobe,” Maher replied. “I am a truth lover. All religious 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?”
Levin said “possibly so,” to which Maher seem dismiss his entire argument going forward.
“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.”
Throwing a shoe at someone is considered an extreme insult in the Arab world.
Q:I'm sure some good must have logically come from that country in the time since it's founding. No country is totally bad. The USA is pretty cool a lot of times and I think it's founding was a mistake. But Israel's behavior towards Palestinians has been downright evil. I'm glad they are getting what they deserve and the Palestinians are getting what's theirs. Peaceful co-existence is the ideal and I'll be happy when Israel and Palestine can both be at peace, ie when Netanyahu is out of office.
You think the founding of America was a mistake. The founding of America was a mistake? America is a mistake? What is it like in your world, it must be a strange place of magic and fantasy, either that or you are one of dumbest people I have ever interacted with.
1. Israel is making a major effort to maintain the fabric of civilian life in Gaza, despite the situation of current hostilities. The IDF today (18 Nov) opened the Kerem Shalom crossingfor movement of food, medicine and other goods from Israel despite the ongoing rocket attacks on the Israeli population and previous attacks on the crossing.
The Kerem Shalom crossing opened on Tuesday morning (20 Nov) to allow the transfer of 120 trucks of humanitarian aid. However, when it wastargeted by rocket fire from Gaza, the IDF was forced to close the crossing to ensure the safety of all those working at the crossing and passing through it. Only 24 trucks of humanitarian aid managed to make it through the crossings prior to the rocket strikes.
Trucks waiting at Kerem Shalom crossing (Photo: IDF Spokesperson)
2. The Erez crossing was open today (18 Nov), as on every other day of Operation Pillar of Defense. Seventy foreign journalists entered Gaza today by way of Erez, 26 Gazans entered Israel for medical treatment, and 23 foreign nationals, representing NGOs who until now had been prevented by Hamas from leaving the Gaza Strip, departed.
Food and Housing Security
1. Gaza is not experiencing food scarcity. Israel is not blocking entrance of goods into Gaza, except for weaponry and dual-use materials. Construction materials can be imported to Gaza under the supervision of international organizations.
2. Israel is continuing the yearly supply of five million cubic meters (1,320,860,250 gallons) of water to Gaza, despite the rocket attacks on Israeli cities and towns.
3. UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency) reports (17 Nov 2012) that despite some displacement of families due to hostilities, “there hasn’t been any need to provide emergency humanitarian assistance or to open UNRWA facilities as emergency shelters.”
1. Between January-October 2012, approximately 14,500 patients and their accompanying chaperones entered Israel from Gaza for medical treatment. 99% of the medical requests by Palestinian residents of Gaza were approved by Israel.
2. The World Health Organization has reported a ten-day slowdown in referral process for Gaza patients due to disagreements between the Ramallah and Gaza Health Ministries.
3. Gaza hospitals are currently operating at 80% capacity (17 Nov), slightly higher than routine periods.
4. Israel is not blocking entrance of medical supplies into Gaza. Requests submitted by the international community are answered within 24-72 hours of submission, almost always positively, and Israel has opened the Kerem Shalom passage for transit of medical materials and other goods, despite the danger to personnel at the crossing.
5. At present, there is a shortage of some medical supplies in Gaza due to disagreements between Hamas and the PA, and budgetary difficulties of the Palestinian Authority.
6. UNRWA reports that all of its 21 health centers are open and functioning. Of UNRWA’s 12,000 staff members in Gaza, only one person has sustained injuries in the hostilities, and those are minor.
1. Israel is supplying 125 megawatts of electricity to the Gaza Strip from the power station in Ashkelon despite the rocket attacks on Israel’s population, and on Ashkelon itself.
2. Gaza continues to suffer from power outages due to a deliberate policy of Hamas, which opposes import of fuel from Israel. As a result, the Gaza power station is operating at 20% capacity.
Does anyone remember the game ‘Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?’ Well,
I propose a new game; it will be called “Where In The World Is Palestine?”
I also propose a picture book called “Where’s Palestine?”
Of course there would be no solution to either the game or the book, and the player or reader would just be left puzzled.
When we find something to be the holiest of holy we try to bomb the crap out of it.
I don’t get it, this dip doesn’t look so terroristic…
I am sorry.
by BEN SHAPIRO:
Today, a hard left-wing pro-Hamas rally took place in Tel Aviv. Attendees included Elizabeth Tsurkov of the Hotline for Migrant Workers. Useful idiot Tsurkov also writes for the anti-Israel rag 972mag.com. She tweeted:
The rally apparently broke up shortly thereafter, thanks to rocket sirens warning of incoming ordinance … from Hamas-controlled Gaza. The delicious irony of leftist stupidity exists, even in Israel.