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Bill Maher vs. Ben Affleck on Islam: The mongoose and the cobra of liberalism

October 9, 2014

My latest blog post for the Los Angeles Times:'Real Time with Bill Maher'Maher’s the evil, atheist, liberal cobra, hissing at Affleck (an Oct. 3 guest on Maher’s “Real Time with Bill Maher”): “It’s the only religion that acts like the mafia that will [expletive] kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture, or write the wrong book.” Maher’s backup atheist serpent, Sam “The End of Faith” Harris, also a guest on the show, threw in for good measure: “Islam is the motherlode of bad ideas.”

And Affleck’s the plucky, bleeding-heart, “We Are the World” liberal mongoose. “It’s gross, it’s racist, it’s disgusting,” he said about Maher’s and Harris’ critique of Islam. “It’s like saying, ‘Oh, you shifty Jew!’”

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For decades, Bill Maher has been bashing Christianity and Christians, without any objection from the usual liberal complainers about racism. Maher’s 2008 film, “Religulous” took a few potshots at non-Christian faiths, including Islam, but it was mostly a mocking effort to debunk the Christian Bible, make fun of working-class Christians, and speculate that Christianity was a dangerous faith that would eventually lead to an Armageddon of worldwide destruction.

Not a word of protest was heard from the media and the intelligentsia — because holding one’s nose in contempt of all but the most watered-down versions of Christianity is simply part of elite Western culture these days. Islam, by contrast, has become the pet “minority” religion of most liberals, including Ben Affleck. The alliance is an odd one, because Islam’s moral precepts are just as strict as, if not stricter than, the Christian moral precepts, especially concerning sexuality, that Western liberals find objectionable. But Islam and contemporary liberalism do have one thing in common: their oppositional stance to the traditional Christian West.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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