As seen an Alternet -By Lauren Kelley
On last night's episode of Real Time, Bill Maher talked about how violent religious extremists were in the news this week. There was Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, who was arrested on Wednesday for his 2009 attack on Ft. Hood, and then of course Anders Breivik, the Norwegian man who killed dozens of people in his home country earlier this month. As Maher noted, "I'm sure the media would have no trouble calling the guy at Ft. Hood a Muslim terrorist, but they refuse to call Anders Breivik a Christian terrorist. But that's what he was. He is a Christian terrorist. He wanted to start a Christian onslaught against the Muslims. And it reminds me that this is not a problem with the Muslim religion -- it's a problem with religion. And Christianity is perfectly capable of coming out of its dormant phase and once again becoming the violent, blood-lusty religion it was under the Crusades." And a panel debate ensues.
Maher expressed some similar sentiments to New York magazine a few days ago, when a reporter there asked him about the controversy over the Ground Zero cross.