Bill Maher on Paris Attack: ‘There Are No Great Religions – They’re All Stupid and Dangerous’
Appearing on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, comedian Bill Maher said that the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo should be a wake-up call to liberals that the Muslim world doesn’t share their views.
“This has to stop, and unfortunately, a lot of the liberals, who are my tribe – I’m a proud liberal…” Maher said.
“He’s about to turn on you,” Kimmel warned the audience.
“No, I’m not turning on them,” Maher said. “I’m asking to turn toward the truth as I have been for quite a while. I’m the liberal in this debate. I’m for free speech. To be a liberal, you have to stand up for liberal principles. It’s not my fault that the part of the world that is most against liberal principles is the Muslim part of the world.”
Maher went on to say that while most Muslim people would never carry out an attack, a significant amount of Muslim people support the Paris attacks.
“I know most Muslim people would not have carried out an attack like this, but here’s the important point,” Maher said. “Hundreds of millions of them support an attack like this, they applaud an attack like this. What they say is, we don’t approve of violence, but you know what, when you make fun of the prophet, all bets are off.”
He went on to say that Muslim extremism is worse than other religion’s extremism.
“They chop heads off in the square in Mecca,” Maher noted. “Well, Mecca is their Vatican City. If they were chopping the heads off Catholic gay people, wouldn’t there be a bigger outcry among liberals?”
He called for liberals to not just condemn the attacks but the motivations behind the attacks.
“We have to stop saying when something like this that happened in Paris today, we have to stop saying, well, we should not insult a great religion,” Maher said. “First of all, there are no great religions. They’re all stupid and dangerous — and we should insult them and we should be able to insult whatever we want. That is what free speech is like.”