Bill Maher On Islam: “When There’s This Many Bad Apples, There’s Something Wrong With the Orchard” (VIDEO)
Bill Maher’s “Real Time” returned to HBO on Friday, and he did not mince words when it came to discussing the massacre of 12 staffers at French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo by Muslim extremists. Maher is a well-known critic of religion in general, and has been increasingly vocal in his condemnation of radical Islam. See the video from Friday’s show below.
Back in October, the host and Ben Affleck infamously fought about Maher’s criticism of Islam and his frustration with liberals who are afraid to speak out against it. This time, Maher had a slightly more sympathetic audience in author Salman Rushdie, who was once targeted for death by Muslims after the publication of his book The Satanic Verses.
Speaking about the difference between Muslim terrorists and the non-violent, mainstream majority of Muslims, Maher remarked, “Here’s the thing about making that distinction, and there should be a distinction, because obviously the vast majority of Muslims would never do anything like this [massacre]… but they share bad ideas.” He went on to say that many of the beliefs of ordinary Muslims and extremists overlap in unsettling ways.
Rushdie called the recent violence a “deadly mutation” of Islam, and noted that many Muslims have spoken out against the violence in a way they may not have in the past. While Maher acknowledged the progress on that front, he is not softening on his stance about Islam in general. The host observed, “What we’ve said all along, and have been called bigots for it, is when there’s this many bad apples, there’s something wrong with the orchard.” Take a look at the discussion below, and tell us what you think.