I just about dropped my teeth when I saw this clip of Bill Maher agreeing with Ayaan Hirsi Ali that Islam is not a religion of peace and has not been hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists, and that Muhammad was not exactly the 7th-century Gandhi of Karen Armstrong’s imaginings. It was also good to see Hirsi Ali coolly correct Darrell Issa’s PC vaporings about how wonderfully Muslims, Christians, and Jews coexisted in the Middle East for centuries, but the most striking aspect of this segment is that Maher here casually affirms something that the mainstream media has been denying and laboring to refute for years.
Of course, it is part of the silliness of our culture that a black female ex-Muslim can say things that a white male non-Muslim would never be brought on to say — is not the truth the same no matter who says it? But it is good that they are finally being said.
And Mr. Maher: if CAIR contacts you with demands for an apology and equal time on your show, I’d be happy to help you prepare. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.