Why Bill Maher’s Islamophobia is way more dangerous than right wing bigotry

“There’s no mention here of connecting this to the religion, which is always what I am seeking to do because I think that’s the elephant in the room. And that in the religion at large, women are seen as property, second-class at best, often property.”

These were the words uttered by television commentator Bill Maher on his HBO talk show Real Time last week.

He was discussing the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian girls by terrorist group Boko Haram with guests Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, and comedian Baratunde Thurston.

While his take on extremist Muslims and how they treat women wasn’t really the problem, his umpteenth attempt to demonize Islam was in fact a huge one.

Bonus!  Western Islamophobia and how it has everything to do with ignorance