Bill Maher is a Wealthy Bigot With a Television Show

Bill Maher is a Wealthy Bigot With a Television Show

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Commentary by James Turnage

Friday night Real Time with Bill Maher once again demonstrated the ability of celebrities to have undue and unfair influence over the American people. He confirmed for the second time within a few months that he is nothing more than a bigot with a television show and is allowed to perform an identical function to that of a televangelist, which he frequently associates with criminality. His ignorance about several issues is based on the fact that he is one of the economically elite in our nation and is completely out of touch with most of Americans.

Politically he is on the mark. Republicans are focused on the destruction of the working class. But his opinions about terrorism and international relations are not based on fact. His beliefs are the sole representation of an extremely wealthy American who has little knowledge of reality. He is not a learned scholar in international relations, religion, or social relations. He has no right to speak of worldwide situations; he is lacking the facts and knowledge.

Maher jokes about Republicans and FOX News, and he has reason to do so. But when he criticizes religion or the actions of other nations, he makes himself the butt of jokes. His knowledge is limited, and therefore his opinions are void.

Maher’s continual attacks against all Muslims and the Islamic faith are not only unfair, they are inflammatory and reminiscent of the Bush administration. His diatribe can only create more hatred. Once he has read the entire Quran and reviews the history of Islam, I will listen. Even if I may not agree with his opinions, I would respect the fact that he had researched the facts.

Last night’s show wasn’t funny, and it wasn’t informative. Bill Maher has become elitist and offensive. Liberals on the extreme edge may enjoy his diatribe, but true progressives and independents are turned off and turn off his show.

When he criticized liberals who don’t truly believe in free speech, he was merely denying the right of millions who don’t agree with him. Maher is simply a thin-skinned mediocre comedian.

Maher called Bill Donohue, the head of the Catholic League a ‘jerk off;’ later he called Kim Jong-Un a ‘lesbian.’ Name calling simply reveals a lack of intellect. I’m not saying that I am a fan of either man, but there are multiple ways to demean either man without being crass.

Maher resents being called a racist and a bigot. If he doesn’t want to wear those titles, stop acting like you are one.

He slammed Pope Francis for claiming that religions should not be belittled. Then he said ‘f**k the Pope.’ Once again he displayed his ignorance by resorting to foul language, unable to make a humorous point without it. What he failed to tell his audience is that the new Chief Editor of Charlie Hebdo stated that although he is sad about the murder of the former editor and eleven other members of his satirical magazine, his predecessor may have gone too far at times.

Bill Maher claims that he does not believe in religion. If that is true, why has he singled out the largest religion in the world and continually label it as pure evil?

By James Turnage

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Actually James, it is your opinion that no one cares about. Maher was accurate when he said, “There are no great religions, they are all just stupid and dangerous.”

  2. Oh yeah… James, Jim, Jimbo, dude,
    Maher’s “ignorance” can only meet yours.
    In case you didn’t get it, Maher show is a show with a commentary and it’s his take on the current events. Don’t like it? Subscribe to the ditto head show. They’re always looking for new recruits, I bet.
    Since you said Maher is not a “scholar”, I need to ask: are you??
    Pay attention bro, it’s not Maher nor his show killing people but the assholes with the religion on their sleeves.

    But, putting everything else aside, how did you conclude Islam is the “largest religion in the word” is totally beyond me…. (lay off oxycodone or, ask your partner to remove the gerbil. Is not funny anymore.)

  3. James, you write — and sound — like a third grader. It’s almost stunning that you are not in fact, in third grade. Keep bending over for radical Islam, keep making the argument that liberals are hand in glove with radical Islam. Putz.

  4. Yeah, you just didn’t understand the show did you? It was about people with religious ideaology not allowing opinions to exist, for which, your job would apparently be obsolete. It was about the pope sympathizing with those who carried out atrocious acts by saying faith is off limits when it comes to free speech. He doesn’t tip toe around it like so many in this country do because we have and continue to have the walking on eggshell approach of politically correct liberals softening words and enjoy tossing words around like bigot around when any religion Is scrutinized even though it has repeatedly caused disastrous harm. And conservatives too deep in their own religion to say anything against it or else they may find their very foundation of primitive superstitions under the microscope. Sorry guy, you are sadly on the wrong side of history on this one and just riding coat tails. I found and continue to find Maher a refreshing cup of tea when whistleblowing and calling out the giant elephant in the room. Perhaps the sprout of social evolution was too much for you and you needed to whine about it. Good thing you have Maher defending you and your opinion.

  5. I personally agree with everything he said. I agree with Hebdo also.
    You attack the religion to make the point that you’re allowed to attack the religion. If they care about it they’re the problem. If they don’t care that you’re attacking their religion you’re not a problem>

    He points it out very well with Christianity. Apparently it’s OK to attack them and not get killed. Islam? Apparently we’ve still got a lot of work to do.

    He’s also on the mark with free speech. They should be allowed to say death to America. So long as they don’t actually do it. How about the 100 times I heard “Turn the desert into a glass coffin for those sand n***ers.” When the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were really raging? That’s ok? No, not really. I didn’t question anyone’s right to say it though. I get where it’s coming from. I don’t think we should have gone there and killed them all. Just like they shouldn’t come here and kill us.

    This is a big problem and we’re not guilty-free. Too bad the right-wingers say “Blame America first.” instead of trying to do anything productive. They can’t even admit that we are a problem for different reasons.

    These hit and run tactics from both sides just keep leaving more and more innocent people dead. It is truly a culture war.

  6. Of course, this has nothing to do with Islam. Only bigots could claim otherwise:
    2015.01.17 India Kulgam 1 1 Muslim radicals shoot a local cop to death.
    2015.01.16 Mali Tenenkou 9 0 Nine people are murdered in a surpise attack by men shouting praises to Allah.
    2015.01.16 Iraq Baqubah 1 0 A child is taken out by a suicide bomber.
    2015.01.16 Nigeria Gombe 6 10 At least a half dozen patrons at an outdoor market are sectionalized by a Fedayeen suicide bomber.
    2015.01.14 Iraq al-Karma 11 0 A child is among eleven Iraqis executed in front of their families by ISIS.
    2015.01.13 Afghanistan Paktia 3 0 Three civilians are pulled into pieces by a Taliban bomb.
    2015.01.11 Nigeria Potiskum 6 46 Six others are killed when two female suicide bombers detonate in succession at a popular market.
    2015.01.10 Pakistan Hayatabad 1 0 An older doctor is shot multiple times at his clinic for being a Shiite.
    2015.01.10 Nigeria Maiduguri 20 18 Islamists strap a suicide vest to a 10-year-old girl and send her into crowded market, killing over twenty.
    2015.01.10 Lebanon Tripoli 8 36 Two caliphate suicide bombers at a Shiite cafe blows eight patrons to bits.
    2015.01.10 Pakistan Baldia 1 0 A Sunni leader is shot to death by sectarian rivals.
    2015.01.10 Egypt Sheikh Zuweid 2 0 Two people are beheaded by Islamic extremists.
    2015.01.10 Bangladesh Chittagong 1 0 A Hindu nurse is hacked to death on her way to work by suspected Jammat Islamists.
    2015.01.10 Yemen Sanaa 2 0 al-Qaeda gunmen assassinate two Shiites.
    2015.01.10 Nigeria Potiskum 1 2 A suicide bomber kills a guard.
    2015.01.10 Pakistan Islamabad 1 0 A captive is beheaded on video by local ISIS.
    2015.01.10 Iraq Madian 3 9 Three people in a commercial district are vaporized by Islamic bombers.
    2015.01.10 Iraq Gwer 26 0 Over two dozen people are killed by a sustained IS attack on a town, including a father shot in front of his family.
    2015.01.10 Iraq Baghdad 5 11 Five people at a wholesale market are reduced to parts by Jihadi bombers.
    2015.01.09 Pakistan Rawalpindi 8 20 Eight worshippers are blown to bits by a suicide bomber at a Shia mosque.
    2015.01.09 Iraq Muqdadiya 1 0 A woman is murdered by ISIS.
    2015.01.09 France Paris 4 5 Four hostages are taken and killed by an Islamic gunman at a Jewish grocery.
    2015.01.09 Pakistan Orakzai 1 5 One person is killed when militants fire a rocket at a rival mosque.
    2015.01.09 Iraq Fallujah 8 0 Eight Iraqis are publicly executed by the Islamic State.
    2015.01.09 Iraq Jazira 4 8 A Fedayeen suicide bomber murders four police at a checkpoint after pretending to need medical help.
    2015.01.09 Pakistan Orakzai 4 2 Jihadis set off a roadside bomb that kills four members of a security patrol.
    2015.01.08 Syria Abu Khuyut 1 0 An imam is beheaded by the caliphate for “insulting Allah” by denouncing beheadings.
    2015.01.08 Iraq Yusufiyah 7 21 A Shahid suicide bomber sends seven other souls to Allah.
    2015.01.08 Iraq Samarrah 8 23 Eight Iraqis are disassembled by a Fedayeen suicide bomber.
    2015.01.08 Iraq Baghdad 8 16 A Sunni suicide bomber wades into a Shiite mosque and slaughters at least eight worshippers.
    2015.01.08 Iraq Fallujah 17 0 Seventeen Iraqis are rounded up and shot in the back of the head by the Islamic State.
    2015.01.08 Libya Barqa 2 0 The Islamic State applies the “law of Allah” to two Tunisian journalists.
    2015.01.08 France Montrouge 1 1 A policewoman investigating a traffic accident is ambushed and killed by a Muslim extremist.
    2015.01.08 Pakistan Nazimambad 2 0 Two policemen are shot to death by suspected Sunni extremists.
    2015.01.07 Afghanistan Jalalabad 1 2 A Jihadi bomb blast kills a judge and injures his two daughters.
    2015.01.07 Syria Raqqa 1 0 A magician is beheaded by the Islamic State on the grounds that illusions are an insult to Allah.
    2015.01.07 Afghanistan Baghlan 6 3 Six road workers are machine-gunned point-blank by Religion of Peace gunmen.
    2015.01.07 Afghanistan Zhari 2 11 Taliban bombers take out two children gathering firewood.
    2015.01.07 France Paris 12 10 A dozen people are slaughtered by gunmen ‘avenging’ the prophet at a newspaper office which printed satirical cartoons critical of Islam.
    2015.01.07 Afghanistan Baghlan 0 3 Three suicide bombers attack an academy.
    2015.01.07 Yemen Sanaa 37 67 A al-Qaeda suicide bus bomber scatters body parts and snuffs out thirty-seven lives at a college.
    2015.01.07 Iraq Ghazlani 5 0 Five Iraqis are abducted from their homes and shot in the back of the head by the Islamic State.
    2015.01.07 Iraq Mosul 320 0 Five mass graves are discovered containing the bodies of three-hundred ISIS victims, including minority women and children.
    2015.01.07 Pakistan Karachi 2 0 A Shiite and his friend are shot to death on a bridge by Sipah-e-Sahaba
    2015.01.07 Afghanistan Nawzad 1 0 A local cop dies trying to stop a suicide bomber.
    2015.01.07 Nigeria Askira 26 0 Over two dozen residents of a small village are slaughtered by Boko Haram.
    2015.01.07 Pakistan Kamra 1 0 A mentally-challenged man is accused of blasphemy and quickly shot to death in his home.
    2015.01.07 Iraq Mosul 4 3 A Fedayeen suicide bomber claims the lives of four others.
    2015.01.07 Nigeria Baga 2000 500 More than 2000 villagers are feared dead following a massive killing spree by Boko Haram that spanned 16 villages.
    2015.01.07 Iraq Baghdad 4 11 Jihadis set off two bombs near a restaurant, killing four.
    2015.01.07 Pakistan Qila Saifullah 1 0 Tehreek-e-Taliban kidnap, execute a man and then toss his body by the side of the road.
    2015.01.06 Syria Deir al-Zor 1 0 A man is beheaded – allegedly for smoking.
    2015.01.06 Pakistan Landhi 2 0 Two security personnel are slain by Islamist militants.
    2015.01.06 Afghanistan Shekhzo 3 2 Three family members are modularized when fundamentalists fire a rocket into their home.
    2015.01.06 Iraq al-Jubba 23 21 A suicide attack on a mosque and the ensuing clash leave two dozen dead.
    2015.01.06 Egypt Cairo 1 3 An Ajnad Misr bomb hidden in a flower pot kills a policeman trying to defuse it.
    2015.01.06 Iraq Mosul 2 0 Radical Muslims murder a bride and groom for putting wedding decorations on their car.

  7. Spoken like a person who dislikes another and therefore looks for anything and everything to make him look bad. Well guess what, you come out looking like a complete fool! Does someone need to be a scholar to express his opinion about a topic? If so, no one except experts should be allowed to speak on tv shows, Tv news channels, or write in newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs; that does make a lot of sense doesn’t it?! What Maher speaks about is his way of expressing his views on a subject… you find that offensive? Too bad, there is something called free speech that everyone is entitled to, but seeing slandering and butthurt articles like these would make people give a second thought about who should really be allowed this right!

  8. What a stupid, superficial article. Mayer shouldn’t comment until and unless he reads the entire koran? Seriously? You can best understand a group by their behavior. And this groups behavior is _______ (fill in the blank).

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