Thursday, October 23, 2014
BILL MAHER CRACKS MEDIA-NARRATIVE FOUNDATION
Bill Maher, comedian and talk-show provocateur, is no friend of Christianity or Judaism. In fact, Maher considers all religion to be “a bureaucracy between man and God that I don’t need.”
Maher is essentially an atheist, although not a particularly militant one. He describes himself as an “apatheist,” which means an atheist who just really doesn’t care about the whole thing.
So, given these facts, Maher’s recent statements on Islam are not nearly as surprising as the charges of hypocrisy Maher has leveled against his fellow leftists for their apologetics on behalf of throat-slitters.
It truly speaks to the state of Western society when an atheist, anti-religion talk-show host is the most forceful proponent of the truth about Islam among the major elite media.
Maher’s simple declaration that Islam “is the only religion that kills you if you disagree with them,” has caused liberal heads to swell and explode like the final scenes of the movie “Mars Attacks!”
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Amidst shrieking denunciations of his comments, Maher has remained consistent in saying that, “You know, it’s like if dad is a violent drunk and beats his kids. You don’t blame the kid because he set dad off. You blame dad because he’s a violent drunk.”
Of course, this sort of necessary and overdue criticism of Islamic culture has no place in the present media narrative that insists we have more to fear from tea party folks than from ISIS.
Indeed, actor Ben Affleck (a recent guest on Maher’s show) almost immediately went to the equivalence argument – which erroneously claims that all religions have violence and extremists in them – when Maher broached the subject of Islam’s problem with playing well with others.
Operating some sort of perverse casualty-vs-casualty calculator, Affleck summed up his entire argument by stating irrelevantly, “We’ve killed more Muslims than they’ve killed us by an awful lot.” Aside from a crime of grammar, Affleck’s statement reveals the flaw in leftist thinking vis-à-vis the United States and well … everyone else.
According to the Afflecks of the world, the U.S. is just getting what we deserve, and apparently, until ISIS catches up to us in terms of numeric lethality, we should just quit bitching and take our decapitations with a smile.
Affleck went on to trot out the tired canard of Islamists being only a sliver of Islam itself, not at all representative of mainstream Islamic thinking. Maher set his trap.
MAHER: But you’re saying the idea that someone should be killed if they leave the Islamic religion is just a few bad apples?
AFFLECK: The people who would actually believe in that you murder someone if they leave Islam is not the majority of Muslims at all. …
Maher sprung his trap, citing the Pew Research Center poll that shows nearly 90 percent of Egyptians, by no means a frothing hotbed of ISIS members, support death for those who leave Islam.
Affleck (by now reduced to a palsied, spittle-flecked screamer) tried to accuse Maher of racist generalizations, not unlike declaring all young black men to be gang members.
Maher was having none of it and called out Affleck for his hypocrisy, stating “If 90 percent of Brazilians thought that death was the appropriate response to leaving Catholicism, you would think it was a bigger deal.”
The boom fell on Ben Affleck. His world of neatly ordered biases fell apart before the viewer’s eyes. Fellow leftist, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, tried to bolster his fellow traveler’s failing sanity by insinuating that Maher was in fact a closet racist, but even Kristof failed to speak with any real conviction.
They were beaten, and they knew it. They had a credit card from the Bank of Racist, Sexist and Islamophobe that had no limit but wasn’t accepted at “Chez Maher.” They went home hungry and embarrassed.
For those of us who have been fighting the battle over Islamic reform for many years, it was encouraging to see a media figure from the left finally recognize the fallacy that is the moral equivalence argument.
There is a distinct difference between the violence described in the Bible and the violence prescribed in the Quran. One talks about what has happened while the other declares what must happen, if one wishes to be faithful to Allah.
While Maher’s stand is a good thing for the side of intellectual honesty in our media culture, it is important to remember that this is only a hairline crack in the massive media monolith. But like a crack in a house’s foundation, the freeze-thaw cycle can, over time, bring the whole thing down.
So I lift my cup for a toast. Here’s to a little more water seepage, and a really cold winter. Keep it up, Bill Maher.
Mark Christian was born and raised a devout Sunni Muslim, with strong ties to the Egyptian military and The Muslim Brotherhood, but later ditched Islam and followed Jesus Christ. He is the founder of theGlobal Faith Institute.