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Bill Maher stands by anti-Muslim remarks

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Bill Maher showed up on CNN to talk about comments he made on Real Time regarding the “alarming” number of “baby Mohammeds” in England. Maher told Wolf Blitzer that he felt no need to “apologize for being a proud Westerner”, or for being worried that “Muslim people in these [Western] societies are having babies” at a faster clip than non-Muslims.

He clarified: “And when I say Westerner, I mean someone who believes in the values that Western people believe in that a lot of the Muslim world does not. Like separation of church and state. Like equality of the sexes. Like respect for minorities, free elections, free speech, freedom to gather. These things are not just different from cultures that don’t have them…. It’s better…. I would like to keep those values here.”

Mediaite, 1 November 2010

See also “Bill Maher’s anti-Muslim fixation”, TPM, 1 November 2010

Original post: Bill Maher stands by anti-Muslim remarks

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  1. As someone who is fighting this battle daily, making a documentary about the backlash against the construction of a new Islamic Center in Murfreesboro, TN and getting involved in activism to support religious freedom – I do feel that the manner in which Bill Maher express his concerns was irresponsible.

    That said, this is after all Bill Maher. He is an equal opportunity discriminator when it comes to religion in general :)

    But I do think he is expressing a genuine concern that is on the minds of many “Westerners”. People have a hard time separating religion, culture and government. So when we look at say Iran or Saudi Arabia and think of them as Islamic countries, no one in America really wants to see the growth of that mindset. We value our freedoms, our separation of church and state, gender equality, free speech and so on.

    I don’t mean this in a condescending way, but globally speaking I do feel that the Islamic world is still, in many ways, stuck in the dark ages. And I do feel that the Muslim world, generally speaking, would benefit from something of a reform movement.

    And what better place for those reforms to take hold than in the West. That is largely why I do support the building of a mosque in Downtown New York and right in the middle of the Bible Belt in Murfreesboro, TN.

    The consequences of a reform movement not taking hold concern me. The benefits of seeing more and more of the 1.57 billion Muslim population becoming more modern and free are huge.

    So although I think Maher’s style in expressing his concerns is harsh, I cannot in good conscience just write him off as the “Loon at Large”.

    Peace,

    Eric Allen Bell

    http://www.Facebook.com/EricAllenBell

  2. Maher is a bigot. He disqualifies and writes off people merely because their name is Muhammad. These kinds of statements are creating a climate of intolerance and hatred against Muslims. Next time a Muhammad is killed or injured like the New York cabbie, is he going to own up and be responsible? He is saying that anyone with the name Muhammad cannot believe in western values the way he describes it. Plus he is also a secular fundamentalist with blinkers who believes there is only one incarnation of the West or western values, the one that incubates in his mind. No, I am sorry, he is trying to fill the dying Christopher Hitchens’ space in being the supreme provocateur, so he is a Loon at Large. What he needs is an education; to be a comic does not mean he is educated. He should say something about all the Shaniqua, black women who stay at home and live off welfare, as being an anti-Western value or a Chaim who is circumcised, a proponent of a non-Western value that gets rid of the male foreskin, and I am sure he will loose his contract on HBO overnight.

  3. I agree with Maher, and so does the vast majority of America.
    Islam is a violent religion and has had nothing but a negative effect on our country.
    Thanks to radical Islamists Americans have lost some of their freedoms, and trying to get in and out of an airport for instance is downright awful thanks to you assholes of Islam.

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