Ellison trots out Qur’an 5:32, about how killing one innocent person is like killing the whole world. He doesn’t mention that it was addressed as a warning to the “Children of Israel,” or that many Muslims do not consider any non-Muslim to be innocent. Nor does he mention 5:33, which mandates crucifixion or amputation of the hands and feet on opposite sides for those who make war against Allah and his messenger, or spread discord in the land.
Ellison also mentions Qur’an 2:256, “There is no compulsion in religion,” without, of course, mentioning Qur’an 9:29, which stipulated that the People of the Book (primarily Jews and Christians) must be fought against until they “pay the jizya [poll-tax] with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” That is, they’re not compelled to become Muslims, but they’re denied equality of rights in the Islamic state.
Maher calls Ellison on the tired “out of context” excuse, but he isn’t ready with any illustrative passages from the Qur’an that would have proved his point, and he lets Ellison get away with the boldfaced lie that Islamic terrorists explain their motivation in political, not religious terms. See here and here for two recent proofs of the contrary, and there are many, many more where those came from.