For all of the great work Bill Maher does by adding an unapologetically liberal voice to sensitive topics, his recent heated debate with actor Ben Affleck and author Sam Harris has put Bill at odds with many liberals. The biggest problem with Bill's stance is that he seems content to shout into the wind.
I detest religious extremism, but what I detest equally is funding this plague and pretending the billions in weapons we give to Islamic fundamentalists isn't the primary reason that ISIS and other terrorist groups exist.
On October 3rd, Ben Affleck finally said what a lot of us have been hoping someone would say loud and angry enough to make Maher listen.
I often figure those who know me from PTA or the bus stop or the grocery store would naturally assume I would condemn criminals and bad guys and extremists of every sort, but apparently, since I'm Muslim, the condemnation has to be signed, sealed and delivered to make it stick.
To Mr. Maher and Mr. Harris directly: please walk back your statements. I'm not denying that the Muslim world is filled with hate, homophobia, intolerance and more violence than the western world. I just don't want everyone thinking all atheists are like you guys.
Islam needs reformers, not moderates. Yes, it's wrong and unfair for anyone to judge a religion by the actions of its followers, be they progressive Muslims or al Qaeda. But it is appropriate and intellectually honest to judge it by the contents of its canonical texts.
Obscene amounts of corporate spending fuel races for Congressmen who represent the interests of the corporations, not the people who elected them.
Problem is, despite all the bluster and loud sighs, these guys were not actually disagreeing with each other. Not really.
New rule -- when debating what Muslims supposedly think about fundamentalism, you ought to have some people of Muslim heritage at the table.
When Ben Affleck differentiates the extremists from the overwhelming majority of peaceful Muslims, and when Harris and Maher claim that polls indicate the extreme are a larger part of the overall pie than we think, Affleck's argument is not only stronger, but correlates to the raison detre for both the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
The recent porn scandal involving Pennsylvania government officials, combined with questions about the handling of the investigation into former Penn State Jerry Sandusky's child molestation charges, could be a tipping point for Pennsylvania women.
The News Sorority is a dish fest -- if you care what Katie and Diane and Christiane are really like, for God's sake do not start reading on a Friday night, because you'll miss Bill Maher and may just be finishing when John Oliver comes on.
On paper Farenthold's district ought to be competitive. The reality is that it probably is not.
This past Friday, Bill Maher announced Rep John Kline as the winner of his #FlipADistrict Campaign, a contest which Maher created to find the worst representative in the country and oust them from office.
In a single week, two of America's best comedic truth-tellers -- John Oliver and Bill Maher -- hit hard against the predatory for-profit colleges that rip off taxpayers and ruin students' lives.
While Ellmers is not overwhelmingly popular and has made her share of mis-steps (i.e., Congress needs to dumb things down to speak "on a woman's level;"), there is little reason at this point to believe Aiken will be able to claim this seat.