From the ripples I’m seeing on the sane side of the Twittersphere, looks like the Wingnut Wurlitzer has found itself another “convert” — they’re sure that Bill Maher finally understands The Truth About
Ragheads Muslims. Look how the weak-sister Hollywood lie-bral is shouted down by the Righteous! Of course, from Maher’s (and Sam Harris’s) perspective, it’s just one more proof that all religious people are dupes at best and monsters at worst, but their gleeful embrace of ISIS=TRUE HEART OF ISLAM is a gift to the xenophobes that will be all over Facebook no later than tomorrow afternoon.
Me, I stand with Ben Affleck… or even, less enthusiastically, with Michael Steele. (Not a phrase I’d ever expected to write.) It doesn’t take “religion” to make some people hunger after murder — strict rationalists like Dick Cheney and Henry Kissinger have certainly done all they could do to demonstrate that. If your robust defense of “secularism” puts you on the same cheer team as Bill Kristol’s worthless son-in-law, it’s time to reconsider your premises.