Bill Maher Criticizes Yale Atheist Group for Not Supporting Ayaan Hirsi Ali

In a rant on last night’s Real Time, Bill Maher joked about the teen accused of desecration because of his blowjob-Jesus picture, expressed his frustration with the Yale Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics for joining the anti-Ayaan Hirsi Ali crowd in advance of her recent speech at the school, and argued that liberals who hold little back when going after American bigots shouldn’t become cowards when it comes to criticizing barbaric practices in the Islamic world.

Cultures are different. It’s okay to judge that rule of law isn’t just different than theocracy; it’s better. If you don’t see that, you’re either a religious fanatic or a masochist, but one thing you are certainly not is a liberal. To count yourself as a liberal, you have to stand up for liberal principles: Free speech. Separation of church and state. Freedom to practice any religion or no religion without the threat of violence. Respect for minorities, including homosexuals. Equality for women.

It amazes me how, here in America, we go nuts over the tiniest violations of these values while gross atrocities are ignored across the world…

91% of Egyptian women have had their clitorises forcibly removed. 98% of Somalian women have. Ayaan Hirsi Ali grew up in Somalia and is one of them. She was scheduled to speak at Yale last week, but the school’s atheist organization — my people — complained that she “did not represent the totality of the ex-Muslim experience.” Meaning what? The women who like mutilation? You’re atheists! You should be attacking religion, not siding with the people who hold women down and violate them, which, apparently, you will defend in the name of “multiculturalism” and then lose your shit when someone refers to Chaz Bono by the wrong pronoun.

I’m still curious who the signers of the Muslim Students Association’s letter think would truly represent the “totality of the ex-Muslim experience”…

Maher didn’t mention that another part of the Yale groups’ criticism against Hirsi Ali was that she didn’t have the proper “credentials” to speak about Islam. Because I guess you need a Ph.D. to criticize faith-based violence.

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