By Tom Quiner
I do not like Bill Maher.
The so-called HBO comedian, who is an insufferable liberal (for the record, there are sufferable liberals and insufferable conservatives, too), is irreverent, profane, and cruel.
He surprised me with a recent guest, a Muslim apologist by the name of Brian Levin, Director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernadino. Here is the exchange between the two:
BILL MAHER, HOST: So you’re obviously the perfect person to have here today. You study this all the time, the mind of crazy people who do horrible things. I’m always interested to know how people like the people we caught today up in Boston can have two minds going at the same time. I mean, if you read what the older brother wrote on his, on the internet, he said his world view: Islam. Personal priorities: career and money. And we see this a lot. I mean, the 9/11 hijackers went to strip clubs the night before they got on the plane.
BRIAN LEVIN, DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF HATE AND EXTREMISM AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SAN BERNADINO: Could I just interject? Look, it’s not like people who are Muslim who do wacky things have a monopoly on it. We have hypocrites across faiths, Jewish, Christian who say they’re out for God and end up doing not so nice things.
MAHER: You know what? Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. You know what? That’s, that’s liberal bull*%#@ right there. I mean, yes, all faiths…
LEVIN: There are no Christian hypocrites?
MAHER: No, there are.
LEVIN: You make a career on that.
MAHER: They just, 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: Well, I guess I have a girl for you, Pam Geller you could maybe meet. No, I really disagree with you.
MAHER: I don’t know what that means.
LEVIN: Well, she’s an Islamaphobe. But, no I…
MAHER: I’m not an Islamaphobe. That’s wrong. I am a truth lover. All religions are not alike. As many people have pointed out, “The Book of Mormon.” Did you see the show?
LEVIN: No, it’s hard to get tickets.
MAHER: Okay, 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: Possibly so.
MAHER: Possibly so? Tell me what color the sky is in your world.
For once, Bill Maher has it correct, including that there are plenty of Christians who are hypocrites. Mr. Maher really gets at something regarding The Book of Mormon, which absolutely lampoons and denigrates Mormonism.
Would anyone dare to create The Book of Islam, the religion of peace? No answer is necessary.
Broadway would be subjected to non-stop threats of terrorism. New York would probably not be standing within a year.
The “religion of peace” really isn’t into lampooning.