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