Bill Maher in "Real Time with Bill Maher" (HBO/Janet Van Ham)

Bill Maher's long anti-Islam history: "To claim that this religion is like other religions is just naive and plain wrong"

The comic has become religion's No. 1 skeptic. Here's how Bill Maher's serious talk about faith became so debated


Salon Staff
April 16, 2015 7:17PM (UTC)

Fareed Zakaria teed off on Bill Maher on "Real Time" last week for using a war on religion on Islam to generate "applause lines in the West." But Maher has been making his case against religion for years, on "Politically Incorrect" and in a documentary film, in addition to "Real Time." While the frequency of his comments has increased in recent months, especially since the Charlie Hebdo shootings and a debate that went viral with Ben Affleck, there's a long history here to review.

Here are some of Maher's "greatest hits" on the topic -- as well as some of the best retorts.

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With guests Michael Moore and Richard Dawkins, Maher suggests liberals are afraid to criticize Muslims "because they’re a minority and because they’re brown. It doesn’t matter. Pernicious beliefs are pernicious beliefs."

Rula Jebreal tells Maher: "When you talk about Islam in a certain way, I have to tell you, it’s offensive sometimes ... And some people feel threatened."

Maher and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison: The Koran is "a hate-filled holy book."

Bill Maher on Jimmy Kimmel: P.C. has made America a "pussy nation" and “there are no great religions, they’re all stupid and dangerous."

Maher on "Charlie Rose": "To claim that this religion is like other religions is just naive and plain wrong. It is not like other religions."

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The famous debate with Ben Affleck and Sam Harris over "radical Islam."

Debating Islam with Cornel West and Mary Matalin.

Maher in September 2014: The Muslim world has "too much in common with ISIS."


On CNN with Anderson Cooper: Islam is "not really a religion of peace"

January 2015: "Only religion could ruin getting high and looking at cartoons."

The latest debate with Fareed Zakaria:

From "Politically Incorrect": "I have made so much more fun of the Bible than I have of the Koran."


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