Bill Maher is the worst kind of media hack. Like Jon Stewart, Maher opines and crusades with flimsy grip on facts and realities and when challenged, promptly retreats behind the “hey, I’m just a comedian” defense.
Enjoying the best of both worlds, Maher simultaneously masquerades as a comedian and as a political commentator despite being neither funny nor informed.
Still, just as a blind squirrel will occasionally stumble-upon a nut, Maher has, at times, stumbled-upon a coherent line of thought.
Recently, a 14-year-old student in Texas named Ahmed Mohamed brought a “suitcase clock” to school. Though he was not asked to, he brought the clock which appears to be little more than a deconstructed, easily-purchasable retail clock stuffed into a briefcase of some sort.
The clock looks like a bomb. Period. That’s not to say that it was a bomb; it just looks very much like a bomb.
In keeping with the nation’s paranoia over violence in schools, the police were called and Ahmed was detained until they could figure out what was going on.
Naturally, the media flipped-out and cried racism– the same media that overlooks the persecution of white kids who have been punished for praying, for bringing toy guns to school or who have even faced charges for wearing an NRA tee shirt.
Their outrage was so transparently hypocritical that even Maher slammed the left for their faux-outrage.
Maher is obnoxiously anti-religion. To the condescending host, those who believe in a higher power are idiots.
However, to his credit, Maher applies this obnoxious attitude equally. Muslims, Jews and Christians all seem to share the same “idiot” label in his eyes and, frankly, it’s refreshing to see this standard applied equitably as the left that hates religion too often offers a pass to the dangers of Islam under the guise of “tolerance.”
On Friday, Maher referenced the incident and claimed that school officials believed it may have been a bomb “perhaps because it looks exactly like a f**king bomb!”
Maher questioned on his show,
“What if it had been a bomb?” Maher asked. He then sarcastically quipped, “Oh wait. This just must be my white privilege talking. I certainly don’t want to be politically correct, so I’ll just let it go.”
Maher claimed that the boy was owed an apology, but claimed that the left needed to exercise some commonsense and apply perspective to the situation, noting ”you can see why they would err on the side of caution. Because only 25 miles away, somebody did try to kill people,” a reference to the “Draw Muhammad” shooting in Garland, Texas, in May.
“You know what, we put a kid after school for a couple of hours. This is not the end of the world,” he added. “But you know what? The end of the world does happen all over the world for millions of Muslims who are the victims of other Muslims, of their religion. Where are the liberals on this?”
Maher said that a Muslim adult should come alongside the boy and say “maybe one of the reasons why it happened to you is that in our religion we’re responsible for 9/11, the Madrid bombing, the London bombing, the Bali discotheque bombings, the Kenya mall …”
“The lack of perspective on this is astounding,” Maher noted.
Maher, as astonishing as it may sound, is absolutely correct.
We are living in a braindead world when we are supposed to turn a blind eye to dangers so long as they come from adherents to Islam.
We cannot afford to pretend that radical Islam poses a significant threat to our nation, her people and our security measures.
Maher may be wrong about a lot of things, but even he sees the absurdity of the left’s position with regards to Ahmed’s bonehead stunt.