Bill Maher interviews Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn) and surprisingly Maher cuts to the chase, and he doesn’t let Ellison entirely filabuster. Before the video, this quote from Alexis de Tocqueville on Islam is appropriate:
“I studied the Quaran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. So far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion more to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself.” ~ Alexis de Tocqueville
Getting back to Maher and Ellison – From Blame the 1st (read the transcript):
Let me give you the reasons why I jotted down why.
One, it’s been going on a thousand years this problem between Islam and the west.
We are dealing with a culture that is in its medieval era.
It comes from a hate-filled holy book, the Koran, which is taken very literally by its people.
They are trying to get nuclear weapons. I don’t think Tim McVeigh would ever have tried to get a nuclear weapon because I think right-wing nuts they think they love this country and they are not trying to destroy this country.
He tells Maher that the Koran is not hate-filled. Maher doesn’t let him get away with it completely. What both fail to address is why the Koran can talk about the warmth and fuzziness loving of your fellow man, and then in later verses instruct Muslims to lie and deceive when necessary to force Islam on the world. The Koran’s Verse of the Sword needs to be a bold topic in America. From Robert Spencer in his book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam 9linked below):
…the violent verses of the ninth sura, including the Verse of the Sword (9:5), abrogate the peaceful verses, because they wer revealed later in Muhammad’s prophetic career: In fact, most Muslim authorities agree that the ninth sura was the very last section of the Qur’an to be revealed.
In line with this, some Islamic theologians have asserted that the Verse of the Sword abrogates no fewer than 124 mor epeaceful and tolerant verses of the Qur’an. Tasfir al-Jalalayn, a commentary on the Qur’an by the respected imam Jala al-Din Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Mahalli (1389-1459) and Jalal al-Din ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Abi Bakr al-Suyuti (1445-1505), asserts that the ninth sura “was sent down when security was removed by the sword.” [read more about the Verse of the Sword here].
I salute Maher on this one, even though he doesn’t bring up the flaming hate of Islam for Islam, vouched for in the Koran.
Bill Maher on the Hate-Filled Koran with Keith Ellison (video)