Yesterday, several hundred students from Shaikh Zahid University in Khost, Afghanistan, staged a peaceful protest against the actions of Florida pastor Terry Jones, the fanatic who famously burned a copy of the Koran last month. Among the slogans the protesters chanted was "We ask the United States government to bring to justice that infidel who burned and desecrated our holy book."
In other words, Arab Muslims staged the type of demonstration they should have staged two weeks ago when word of Jones’s actions first went public—before two dozen innocent civilians who had nothing to do with the burning were senselessly slain. Before shops and cars were burned, and nearly a hundred people were hospitalized. Before a $2.2 million fatwa was placed on Jones’s head for having defiled a book.
Remarkably, in spite of these events, the reality of Islamism and its pernicious dynamic remain lost on many liberals, who cling tenaciously to a blame-America-first posture. One on whom it is not, to his rare credit, is HBO host Bill Maher. Jeff Poor of The Daily Caller notes that on Friday’s edition of Real Time, Maher once again broached the topic of Islamic incivility with a panel that included former New York governor and CNN host Eliot Spitzer, Katty Kay of the BBC, and Newsweek/Daily Beast contributor Andrew Sullivan.
Typically for Maher, his comments were over-the-top and profanity-laced. However, they were also refreshingly on point:
[A]ll this talk of people who burn the Koran—and nothing about the people who reacted in such a stupid way—we are always blaming the victim and not holding them [accountable], not most Muslims but at least a large part of Muslim culture that doesn’t condemn their people.
What it comes down to is there is one religion in the world that kills you when you disagree with them and they say, ‘Look, we are a religion of peace and if you disagree, we’ll f***ing cut your head off,’ and nobody calls them on it. There are very few people that will call them on it. You know, it’s like if dad is a violent drunk and beats his kids. You don’t blame the kid because he set dad off. You blame Dad because he’s a violent drunk.
Whether Maher’s rare display of common sense will earn him points with middle-of-the-road America let alone those on the right remains to be seen. If nothing else, his remarks demonstrate the old adage that even a broken clock is right twice a day.
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