- The Washington Times - Monday, November 10, 2014

Michael Moore has come to Bill Maher’s defense as the HBO host continues to field criticism for recent comments he made against Islam.

“You may not agree with Bill on everything. Yet I’m guessing you love it when… he brilliantly satirizes the crazy Christian Right,” Mr. Moore wrote in a lengthy defense of Mr. Maher on Sunday. “But when Bill goes after Islam, or crazy people professing to be Muslim, we grow uncomfortable.”

Mr. Maher defended remarks in which he called Islam a dangerous religion that “will [expletive] kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture or write the wrong book.”

The comments spurred a student-led petition to prevent him from giving a commencement speech at the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Maher accused the students of contradicting free speech principles that liberals are supposed to uphold.

“[W]hen he bravely ridicules and attacks Christian assassins of abortion doctors who cite the Bible as justification for their evil acts, we heartily applaud him. But when he mercilessly stomps on Islamic assassins who cite the Koran, we grow uneasy,” Mr. Moore continued. “Sure, I can make a daily list of all the horrible things so-called Christians still do in this country. Rarely, though, do their actions involve decapitation. But if you’re a Dutch filmmaker who makes a movie about violence against women in some Islamic countries, or if you’re a Danish cartoonist who draws an image making fun of the Prophet — well, you are then either shot to death or you are now in hiding.”



The liberal filmmaker went on to suggest why he thinks liberals are so sensitive to anti-Islam comments.

“We have witnessed, since 9/11, Arabs and Muslims in this country undergoing huge amounts of prejudice, bigotry and sometimes outright violence,” he wrote. “We don’t want to hear anything even remotely anti-Muslim. But we have to be careful that this doesn’t stop us from listening to legitimate criticisms about things that go on in the Muslim world.”

Mr. Moore concluded by praising Mr. Maher and pleading with the public to give him “a break.”

“Those comedians like Bill Maher who are willing to take the risk of being the court jester — saying the things that the rest of us are often thinking (or wish we were thinking) but are afraid to say — should be supported, not silenced,” he said.

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