Comedian Bill Maher Backpedals, Busts On President Trump’s Recent Temporary Travel Ban

Bill Maher, longtime critic of Islam, is criticizing the President over the travel ban.

Bill Maher, longtime critic of Islam, is criticizing the President over the travel ban.

Bill Maher Doesn’t Stick To His Guns

Comedian talk-show host Bill Maher, a long-time critic of President Trump and Islam, has taken to social media to criticize the recent temporary travel ban from countries closely linked to islamic terrorists.

In a January 31, 2017 tweet, Bill Maher asked if “the party that nominated Trump and Palin really get to even use the term ‘extreme vetting’?”

My response is, really?  From someone who has said more than once in the not-so-recent past that Islam promotes violence and extremism? Mr. Maher even made a movie about it. Bill Maher should be the number one supporter of this travel ban.

On September 11, 2014, Bill Maher said that “there was a Pew poll in Egypt done a few years ago — 82 percent said, I think, stoning is the appropriate punishment for adultery. Over 80 percent thought death was the appropriate punishment for leaving the Muslim religion. I’m sure you know these things. So to claim that this religion is like other religions is just naive and plain wrong. It is not like other religions.”

The comments were made during a heated debate with Charlie Rose from PBS.  He also said “vast numbers of Christians do not believe that if you leave the Christian religion you should be killed for it. Vast numbers of Christians do not treat women as second class citizens. Vast numbers of Christians do not believe if you draw a picture of Jesus Christ you should get killed for it.”

In October, 2014, Bill Maher said that it’s time for liberals to stand up for our values, those being the values of freedom of speech, separation of church and state, and the free exercise of religion, according to Townhall.  These comments occurred during a panel discussion on HBO’s Real Time.  

During that discussion, Maher compared our country’s leaders’ response to terrorism against the response of the United Kingdom’s David Cameron, who is a former Prime Minister.  He said that Cameron’s view was that being neutral in these battle of ideas isn’t an option, and that we should stand up for our values.

Bill Maher also brought up points in that discussion about the number of Islamic-inspired shootings as opposed to Christian-inspired shootings, and noted that Christian extremists weren’t trying to obtain nuclear material.  His point then:  that we should focus on where “…the preponderance of these events occur, which is in this sphere…in the name of this religion.”

President Trump repeatedly said during his campaign that his concern was for the security of this country and its citizens.  He vowed to take strict measures to combat Islamic extremism and its potential spread into the United States.  The President has followed through on his campaign promise and made the temporary ban an executive order.  The backlash instantly began, with massive protests, sometimes violent, breaking out at airports across the country.

It’s a given fact that Maher is not a fan of President Trump, as evidenced by his social media posts and discussion comments.  But perhaps he should review what he has said in the past about the Islamic religion and take that to heart, which is what the President seems to be trying to do.


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