Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher are two of the few intellectually honest atheists on the left.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate atheists who keep their not-beliefs to themselves. I don’t even hate atheists who are willing to express themselves in civil and rational debate. It’s mainly the radical atheist fundamentalists who try to push their not-beliefs on everyone who I find slightly irritating. Also, the leftist hypocrites who claim to be anti-religion, when they really just hate Christians. All I ask is that you apply your disdain as evenhandedly to the suicide bombers as you do to the bakers and pizza-shop owners.
“If we talk about them at all, or criticize them at all, it’s [as if we’re] somehow hurting or humiliating Muslims. It’s ridiculous,” said Maher (who didn’t bring up Dawkins’ implication that Ahmed Mohamed purposely got arrested for building a clock in order to get famous).
“Yes. And it’s confused with racism too,” Dawkins chimed in. “An incredible number of people think Islam is a race.”
Maher chortled, Dawkins rolled on. “In the case of Islam, it just gets a free pass and I think it’s because of the terror of being thought racist.”
“Right, or worse, an Islamophobe—a silly word that means nothing,” Maher declared, before listing his liberal bona fides and pronouncing “Cesar Chavez” like a confused French person.
Que liberal outrage in 3…2..