This for my American readers who might not know who Michael Coren is. Here’s a clip via SDAMatt2 from his show which echoes the kind of politically correct nonsense we see with Whoopi Goldberg’s comments on Oprah Winfrey’s show.
I discussed these comments previously, and I happen to agree with what Maher said. Instead of discussing the content of the remarks, like Tarek Fatah tries to does, the panel decides to talk about why Maher of all people would make this kind of remark. Enzo Di Matteo comes off looking like a leftist tool, echoing the “Orwellian” nonsense spouted by the likes of Marianne Meed Ward and wondering whether or not the HBO host was doing this for ratings, while Andrew Lawton and Michael Coren dismiss the content of the remarks as simple atheist hatred of all religions. Lawton does go on to discuss the push for Sharia and the growth of Islamic radicalism within Western society as threats to our civilization, but he still misses what Maher was trying to say. What really irks me about this discussion was Coren’s comments the apparent beliefs of those he knows within the Muslim Brotherhood. Tarek rightly criticizes him for the naivety of these comments, pointing out that these individuals would never be truly honest with non-Muslims. The Brotherhood is viewed by many as the source of modern Islamic radicalism, most notably Prince Naif Ibn Abdul Aziz, the Interior Minister of Saudi Arabia who said that the organization is the source of all the problems in the Muslim world, pointing to its connections to various terrorist organizations like Hamas which threaten the interests of Middle Eastern countries.
Criticize Bill Maher all you want, as I have and continue to do, but that doesn’t mean his statements are any less correct. Once again, Tarek Fatah demonstrates a sense of clarity not shared by colleagues who, for the most part (Andrew Lawton being, more or less, the exception), seem obsessed with political correctness.