Bill Maher Slams Liberals for Often Looking Away When it Comes to Islamic Oppression (Video)

bill-maher-4For me, Bill Maher is a bit of a conundrum. I would say 80 percent of what he says I agree with wholeheartedly. But that other 20 percent is usually so far off from what I believe that it’s hard for me to really get behind him some of the time.


His views on religion are often more arrogant than anything else and his stance against vaccines is something I completely disagree with (as well as being downright dangerous).

But hey, I still watch him just about every week and for the most part I like a lot of what he has to say.

Especially last night. He went on an epic rant calling out liberals for being hypocrites when it comes to criticizing some of the barbaric behavior found in many Islamic nations. Nations where women are often still treated more like property than actual human beings.

It’s a sentiment I’ve also recently expressed.

Normally I would transcribe a few lines from Maher’s speech, but being that his show is on HBO, it’s laced with quite a few expletives. So it’s really better if I just summarize it, but you can check out the clip at the end of this article.

Maher’s general point focused on how liberals are often outraged whenever someone like Rush Limbaugh says something offensive (and rightfully so). But when it comes to condemning the brutal acts that occur in some of these Islamic countries (like mutilations and various human rights violations), often their outrage seems to be fairly silent – if it’s even heard at all.

And he’s right.

I’ve written quite a few articles slamming the absurd behavior of many right-wing Christians. And, for the most part, they’re well received. But anytime I’ve dared to write something criticizing Muslims, I often get hammered by liberals for being xenophobic or I’m called some sort of fake liberal Muslim-hating bigot. Like I’m sure many liberals reading this will slam me for agree with Maher on this particular subject.

But what he was basically asserting was that while liberals have every right to criticize people like Limbaugh or Donald Sterling, they might want to also focus some of their attention to countries like Saudi Arabia where women aren’t allowed to vote or Egypt where 91 percent of women have been brutally mutilated.

It kind of ties into what I’ve said here lately about “trendy outrage.” Something I think liberals are often falling prey to.

If someone famous happens to say something offensive, even if contextually it’s not meant to be racist, homophobic or whatever, it’s not uncommon to see liberals go off the rails with “trendy outrage.” And most of the time I agree with it. There’s nothing wrong with calling out repulsive behavior. But there’s a difference between being offended by something, and seemingly waiting around looking for the next “trendy” thing by which to be offended. Which is something I think some liberals do far too often.

But what Maher said here is absolutely correct. When it comes to criticizing Islam, liberals are often much more forgiving of its many indiscretions. That doesn’t mean all Muslims are bad people, it just means we shouldn’t be afraid to call out atrocities and expose the truth no matter where that truth leads back to.

Watch the video below via HBO:


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Gabriel Gentile

    Maybe the reason we’re so critical of American Republicans and turn a blind eye to the Muslim world is because we know that Republicans, as our fellow Americans*, are better than that?

    Towards which do you hold higher standards, your own house and home, or the lunatic asylum next county over?

    *Not that they’ll EVER grant us the same consideration, but nevertheless…

    • OY humid

      Why don’t we just destroy Islam? They are a bunch of towel wearing douche bags.

      Oy

      • Gabriel Gentile

        Destroy an entire people based on how some of them choose to adhere to the dogma of their professed faith.

        Sounds familiar… Juden.

    • Bah

      To which do you old higher standards to humanity or country?

      • Gabriel Gentile

        I’m going to assume what you meant to say was; “Towards which do you hold higher standards, humanity or country?”

        To answer your question, a nation, like any other large group of people, must set its own standards in terms of presenting an example for the rest of humanity to follow. Therefore, I don’t think it’s erroneous of me to be more critical of the group in which I hold membership on a more specific level. Thanks for asking.

      • Bah

        I see what you mean that we should set an example for the rest of the world. We are all human and do wrong every now and then, so should I be more outraged if you make a disrespectful and offensive comment to someone than the atrocities someone commits in the name of Islam???? Sounds pretty silly to me.

      • Gabriel Gentile

        Let me put it this way; If you had two cages, one with me and one with a starved honey badger, and you slipped a baby into each cage, and the honey badger went and devoured the baby in its cage and I went and pissed on the baby in mine, who would you be more disappointed in?

      • Bah

        You of course, but I wouldn’t make the comparison of a human being to a honey badger. It also assumes that people from third world nations are very inferior intellectually to the people of the United States, when they are not. They have different values. The honey badger is acting out of instinct. Muslims are not being slaughtered by other Muslims out of instinct. Should the people of the 1940s been more outraged if someone made a comment that women shouldn’t vote than the the slaughter of the Jews by the nazis?

      • Bah

        Let me put it this way; if you were seated in a room, in the U.S., with 100 other people with most of them being Americans, and a speaker at the front of the room pointed out an American women and a Muslim man/women. If he asked you which do you value more, this American woman’s right to vote in the U.S., or this muslim’s right to exist (meaning not having his/her head chopped off), you would undoubtedly say the mans right to exist. You wouldn’t care about borders or the extent of your nations laws at that point. You’re humanity would show, because that’s who you are. By being more outraged about a homosexual wedding cake than a person getting his head cut off creates a misalignment with your values and your emotional investment.

      • Gabriel Gentile

        We have completely veered away from my original point. Yes, what’s going on in the Muslim world is disgusting and I don’t approve of it at all…

        But at least it’s not being done in my name.

  • OY humid

    Who gives a crap about Islam. My opinion, turn the Middle East into a parking lot. This Islamic religion is a cult and filled with nothing but hatred.

    Oy

    • Cemetery Girl

      Spoken by someone of a truly peaceful nature

      • OY humid

        Turn it into a parking lot baby.

        Oy

      • Steve Brains

        Punk hotel and a swinging HOT SPOT!!!!
        “DOn’t it always seem to go, you don’t know what you got til it’s GONE!!!
        Paved paradise and put up a parking lott!!!

  • FD Brian

    My problem is not with the Muslim faith, it is with the moderate Muslims who do not stand up against the extremists, who do not condemn the extremists and do not take up arms against the extremists. Little do the moderate muslims know, but once the “infidels” are dead they will come for them.

    • Gabriel Gentile

      You’re asking moderates to take up arms?

      • FD Brian

        take up arms or they can just sit back enjoy their heads being chopped off.

      • Xerxes

        I get troubled when I read about tens of thousands of refugees fleeing Mosul (and other areas) rather than facing ISIS. On one hand, I respect their need to protect their families, their determination to not become like their foes, and their honest fear. On the other hand, they must vastly outnumber the ISIS troops that took their homes.

        Perhaps it’s just the media, or the inability of news to freely travel out of the effected areas, but I don’t hear much about resistance groups or rebellions within ISIS turf.

    • Teeta Malangi

      Muslims DO stand up against extremists ALL THE TIME. They HAVE BEEN standing up vigorously against extremists since decades now. But it is media who never shows it.

      Just three days ago, 120 Islamic scholars from all over the world wrote a letter to ISIS and told them how, from the perspective of Islam, they (ISIS) are heretic criminals and must repent or face destruction.

      The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia..the guy who leads prayer at Kaaba..called ISIS a “cancer to Islam”..What else you want?!

      • strayaway

        “..What else you want?!”

        For starters: The Grand Old Mufti could demand religious freedom, an end of Sharia Law affecting non-Muslims, and women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.

      • Teeta Malangi

        So your problem is with Saudi Arabia and not “Muslims don’t stand up against extremist terrorists”

        I see now.

      • strayaway

        You do support religious freedom, an end of Sharia Law affecting non-Muslims, and women’s rights in Saudi Arabia don’t you? I would go a step further and promote using Saudi oil profits to promote the common good and long range goals of the Saudi people in the same way that Norway distributes its oil wealth for its future and people. It’s an injustice that Saudi princes live lives of playboy luxury while foreign laborers in Saudi Arabia live comparatively hard and unremunerated lives. I hope the Grand Mufti addresses that too.

      • FD Brian

        a letter is great, now you have to back it up with action.

      • Zev Allison

        something that works? no, no, that’s asking too much…

    • Matthew Reece

      My problem is with the Quran itself.

      http://www DOT thereligionofpeace DOT com/quran/023-violence.htm

  • Jim Bean

    I have yet to isolate ANY issue on which liberals are not blatant Hypocrites.

    • FD Brian

      same could be said of conservatives

    • Pipercat

      I have yet to isolate any comment of yours that isn’t totally fallacious.

      • Jim Bean

        You would be well advised to give up the project. You will find none that fit your version of reality.

      • Pipercat

        Get bent. So Jimmy tell us, get to your 65th birthday yet. You whined about being 64 some time back. How does that teet taste, hmmm?

      • Jim Bean

        Don’t know. Gonna let it swell till I’m 66.

      • Pipercat

        Wait till you’re 70, by that time you’ll do everybody a favor.

      • Jim Bean

        I’ve already done everybody a favor. I paid into it continuously for 47 years.

      • Pipercat

        Well I’ll be damned. I’ve always been a net provider of revenue to benefits, 100 percent as a matter of fact. So much for the *Liberal teet sucking notion.

        *Liberal in this case is anybody who’s slightly left of Attila the Hun.

      • Jim Bean

        Not so fast. I’ve not been a supporter of the additional teet-sucking unfundable entitlement programs that will prevent SS from providing for my children’s retirement.

      • Pipercat

        Well slow down there speedy, since I pay my 7.65, I also pay the employer 7.65 since I employ myself. In essence, aint no strange teets around me. Social Security is solvent for the next several decades. Now cash flow is a concern, but that has been bipartisan thievery. If you want something there for your legacy, then demand that the Congress replace the special issue bonds with cash and give the trust accounts their liquidity back.

      • Jim Bean

        Whoa! We agree on something. Must be a dream I’m having. Would love to see your last line come true but it isn’t going to happen.

      • Pipercat

        I was shocked the Fed didn’t buy them out while they were on their toxic bargain hunt…

  • LoveArchy444

    I’m friends with a Muslim, and he thinks these terrorists are awful. Many people have crituqed Islamic terrorism that are Muslims themselves.

    • Steve Brains

      FUNDAMENTAL PATIENTS, of all creeds are les than 2% of the whole. Why blame the whole when your beef is with a tiny minority?

    • Bah

      Yeah, but you won’t ever find them organizing and marching in the streets.

      • LoveArchy444

        This is unfortunately true, thanks for pointing this out.

  • Stephen Barlow

    Just like the killer in OK… Bsteheading someone is just not cool. Liberal America seems to be VERY RACIST/ETHNIC when it comes to standing up for Aran chicks who routinely get their clits lopped off.

    No one stood up for me when ritual Catholism stole my foreskin as if I were a Philistine.

  • Leaning Blue

    It’s not that liberals are “much more forgiving of Islam’s many indiscretions” because if brutal acts like female mutilation were to be attempted here I don’t think anyone, liberal or conservative, would tolerate such practices here on U.S. soil. The reason we’re so critical of republicans is because they would love nothing more than to pass laws that would also treat women more like property than actual human beings. One good example is trying to criminalize miscarriages. If people actually think republicans will not try or have not tried to do that then they have not been paying attention. Another good example is the “life at conception” bills they routinely try to pass. Look at the Hobby Lobby case, a corporation’s right to “freedom of religion” is more important than a woman’s right to “freedom from religion” or freedom to decide what’s best for her and her family. Even Mitt Romney seems to think corporations are “people my friend”.

    • Bah

      You really think republicans want to pass laws that treat women like property??? If I knew you, I would offer to pay you a thousand dollars if we went around asking people who identified themselves as Republicans if they supported laws that treat women like property and if you could find one out of a 100 you would be a thousand dollars richer. You and I both know that wouldn’t happen though, you would simply back out because it would just be a waste of your time.

      Republicans don’t want to pass a law criminalizing a natural miscarriage. That doesn’t even make sense. If their own wife had a miscarriage they could be considered a criminal. I can post the bill so you can read it and quit believing made up crap.

  • Travis Hamilton

    Bill is a professional water carrier for Isreal. That’s why he has the one Zionist minimum on his show every week. Ever see Bill criticize Isreal?

    And you never will.

  • Xerxes

    Okay, Honest Answers Time…

    1) Humans have some significant psychological limits, one of which is that as things get further away from our home, they become less personal and more abstract/conceptual. Thus we find it easier to get emotional about events and jerks within the “home” of our nation, but events and jerks halfway around the world are harder to get involved with. Unless you’ve been there, it’s hard to see Saudi Arabia (for example) as a collection of individuals rather than as a map and a set of stereotypes. It goes both ways – I’m sure most in the middle east see us as a generic mass, characterized by the behavior of our oil corporations in their part of the world (not a pleasant picture, that).

    It can be done, but it takes a particular flavor of self-awareness and effort.

    2) It’s hard to feel justified telling people around the world to get their act together when our own home is such a mess. “Do as I say, not as I do” is always a bad way to start outlining a moral position.

    • Bah

      1) These psychological limits were just exposed. The only thing left is for the individual to recognize it and fix it. If they fail to, they should be called out.

      2) We are all in error but cutting a persons head off to send a message is not what is happening in the U.S.

  • John M

    All religions are evil and have done evil things. Right now it’s Islam’s turn to be the bad guy. Before this it was the christians. And guess what, if the muslim religions were to disappear tomorrow, it would be the christians again. It’s all about power and control. Whoever is in power invariably uses religion to control people.