Is Islam Inferior to Other Religions?
(Bill Maher Answers in the Charlie Rose Show)
You know what they say. The squeaky wheel gets the oil. And that is just what happened when renowned commentator and critic Bill Maher guested on the show of seasoned TV personality Charlie Rose.
In the interview, Bill and Charlie discussed Islam and Bill had very strong things to say against the religion, clashing with Charlie on the matter for multiple times. Bill stressed that the radical group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) which is sowing terror in the world is representative of Islam.
Charlie argued that just as there are radical Muslims, there are also radical Christians; but somehow, Bill was able to argue that Christians are better than Muslims in terms of beliefs and went on to cite some unverified statistics to prove his point.
Bill also said that Islam is not like any other religion because it tolerates violence, especially against women, sexual minorities, and apostates (people who leave the faith). Now this is something to think about. What are we really fighting for?
Sadly, in this world where anybody can state his opinion about anything, it all boils down to who screams the loudest, who is able to utilize free media to his advantage, regardless of whether he is correct or not.
Now, is Christianity really better than Islam? Rather than focusing on the differences, it would be better to focus on the similarity which is that both religion believe in one God. And that neither Muhammad nor Jesus came to change the basic doctrine of the belief in one God, brought by earlier prophets, but rather to confirm and renew it.
This debate about Islam brings to mind another heated discussion when actor and filmmaker Ben Affleck guested on Bill Maher’s show “Real Time with Bill Maher”. Ben said, “But what is your solution? Is it to condemn Islam? To do what? We’ve killed more Muslims than they’ve killed us by an awful lot…And somehow we’re exempt from these things because they’re not really a reflection of what we believe in. We did it by accident.”
Perhaps what Ben was really trying to say is that America, which is predominantly Christian, should also take a look at the way Muslims view our country which has also sparked violence in their countries.
In his book, Moral Man and Immoral Society, the great theologian Reinhold Niebuhr wrote that people are as anxious to offer moral justifications for the brutalities from which they suffer as for those which they commit. He further said that the final test of religious faith is they will not become mere escape hatches from responsibilities but instruments of insights into what civilization means.
The point is we cannot pin violence against only one religion. We should take more responsibility than that – as one human race, believing in one God.
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