Progressive comedian Bill Maher called out Charlie Rose on his PBS show earlier this week after the host argued there are radical elements in Islam just like there are in Christianity.
Maher began by criticizing former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean for attempting to distance the Islamic State from the Islamic religion.
“It is true,” Rose said.
“It is not true,” Maher shot back, saying there is a “connecting tissue” there.
After asking Rose to let him finish, Maher said, “There are illiberal beliefs that are held by vast numbers of Muslim people that—“
Interrupting his guest again, Rose claimed a “vast number of Christians too” hold such beliefs.
“No, that’s not true. Not true,” Maher proclaimed. “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.”
When Rose asked Maher how he knows that “vast majorities of Muslims” actually “condone violence,” he said many Muslims “shout it.” He also cited a Pew poll conducted in Egypt previously that showed more than 80 percent of Muslims believe stoning is an appropriate punishment for adultery.
“So, to claim that this religion is like other religions is just naive and plain wrong. It is not like other religions,” Maher added.
SOURCE: Jason Howerton