HBO’s Bill Maher, a critic of all things religious, pulled off a ‘blind squirrel’ feat, managing to get something right during commentary on his show regarding free speech and the terrorist attack in Garland, Texas.
It’s not often we get to prop up Maher as a voice of reason, but the ‘comedian’ took some shots that were pro-free speech and pro-America, something that has been sorely lacking in the media as of late.
To be fair, he does refer to Pamela Gellar, organizer of the ‘Draw Muhammad’ event as a “loon” and calls her actions a “provocation,” but he also defends her right to do so.
“…This is America,” Maher proclaimed. “Do we not have the right to draw whatever we want?”
He went on (via The Blaze):
The audience took a few seconds to warm up to the host’s statement before applause was heard.
Maher then critiqued the opinion that those who provoke Muslims are ultimately to blame for their violence: “This assumes that we just have to accept that Muslims are unable to control themselves the way we would ask everyone else in the world,” Maher said. “To me that’s bigotry. That’s the soft bigotry of low expectations.”
Watch the segment below…
Maher’s use of a phrase typically associated with President Bush, is dead on.
Blaze commentator, Will Cain, challenged other guests on the panel, saying it was essentially one’s duty to offend these radical Muslims.
“You need to shock them out of their horrible position,” he said. “When someone’s position is, ‘If you offend me, I will kill you,’ it becomes virtuous for you to offend that person.”
The panel then pivoted towards another group who provokes with their speech – which is their right – the Westboro Baptist Church.
Maher pointed out the difference between how people respond to the Church group, and those who respond to ‘Draw Muhammad’ events.
“They always protest my shows,” he said. “And it never ends in a gun battle.”
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