The Problem I Have With Religion: Going Beyond Bill Maher

October 11, 2014 12:53 AM

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Up here in the clouds, on a plane from Denver (well, Fort Collins) to New York, there is no change in political atmosphere as of yet, although I did purchase The New York Times, and my husband handed me the Nicholas Kristof op-ed entitled "The Diversity of Islam," a welcome response to the raucous, somewhat hysterical debate that took place just days ago on Real Time With Bill Maher. Maher, who, for me, has been a welcome antidote to the overwhelming presence of churches in Fort Collins, satisfies my intellectual appetite with his irreverent objections to popular trends and their own hysteria. But this time he may have gone too far, fusing his own anger with an all-too-popular stereotype of Islam as violent.

For me, Maher missed the point. I know he has concentrated on religion and its contradictions big and small, in and out of his own film Religulous, but I hoped he could at least stick to criticizing the more general absurdities. But, then again, I don't want to belabor his prejudices, since, at the ...

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