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Mon Sep 24, 2012, 10:20 PM

Why Bill Maherís Blood Libel is Bigotry

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment

24 September 12

Comedian Bill Maher puts himself in the company of "9/11 liberals" who believe that Islam as a religion is different and decidedly worse than all other religions. He said Friday that 'at least half of all Muslims believe it is all right to kill someone who insults 'the Prophet.' His bad faith is immediately apparent in the reference to 9/11, not the work of mainstream Muslims but of a political cult whose members often spent their time in strip clubs.

Now, it may be objected that Maher has made a career of attacking all religions, and promoting irreverence toward them. So Islam is just one more target for him. But that tack wouldn't entirely be true. He explicitly singles Islam out as more, much more homocidal than the other religions. He is personally unpleasant to his Muslim guests, such as Keith Ellison. His reaction to the youth of the Arab Spring gathering to try to overthrow their American-backed dictators was "the Arabs are revolting." Try substituting "Jews" to see how objectionable that is.

Maher ironically has de facto joined an Islamophobic network that is funded by the Mellon Scaife Foundation and other philanthropies tied to the American Enterprise Institute, etc. which is mainly made up of evangelical Christians, bigoted American Jews who would vote for the Likud Party if they could, and cynical Republican businessmen and politicians casting about for something with which to frighten working class Americans into voting for them.

More at link:
http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/13629-focus-why-bill-mahers-blood-libel-is-bigotry

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Response to choie (Original post)

Mon Sep 24, 2012, 10:31 PM

1. I don't know about Bill's

discrimination or lack thereof, but in the world as it CURRENTLY is, there is more violence and intolerance of others using religion as an excuse in Islamic majority countries. This has happened in all religions as their power has waxed and waned. I would say that is what Bill is probably getting at. Now everyone is tripping all over themselves not to offend Muslims in certain areas of the world. No one has a problem making fun of Mormons or any other religion in the world. I feel this is what gets Bill's goat.

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Response to choie (Original post)

Mon Sep 24, 2012, 11:11 PM

2. Goes well with his misogyny, which is his favorite bias.

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Response to choie (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 03:28 AM

3. Bill is equal-opportunity vs the bullshit that is religion

regardless of whose invisible man is being called out as being an invisible man or men.

I haven't seen him being "unpleasant" to one god-botherer over another god-botherer.

If you want to bitch about anyone being "personally unpleasant" to your fave invisible man, pin it on the Christers, who are almost uniformly against the invisible man you want to defend.
Goddamn, you'd think we're all being called on the carpet to support your version of imaginary bullshit and glorious streets fulla gold and virgins for everyone, like on planet Kolob.

Get over yourself, OK?

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Response to choie (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 08:47 AM

4. Blood libel?

WTF does that mean to me?

Like the previous poster stated.

Lighten up?



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Response to choie (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 09:27 AM

5. This is also discussed here:

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Response to choie (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 10:20 AM

6. Jews don't riot...

 

if you insult Abraham or King David

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