Bill Maher: Santorum homeschools his kids because he wants them locked up in his “Christian madrassa”

posted at 5:30 pm on March 11, 2012 by Tina Korbe

How very open-minded and reasonable it was of Bill Maher to deliver this little riff on the Santorums’ decision to homeschool their children (h/t NewsBusters):

Let’s not even get into his use of the term “madrassa,” which refers to an Islamic seminary that teaches mostly Islamic subjects. Suffice it to say anyone concerned about brainwashing should worry less about Rick Santorum’s children and more about subjugated women and children in the Middle East.

Instead, let’s focus on the “comedian’s” own appalling lack of knowledge. What Bill Maher doesn’t know about homeschooling could fill a book he’d never read. Fortunately, Noel Sheppard offers him a handy primer:

The 2009 Homeschool Progress Report found “homeschoolers scored 34–39 percentile points higher than the norm on standardized achievement tests. The homeschool national average ranged from the 84th percentile for Language, Math, and Social Studies to the 89th percentile for Reading.” …

The 2003 study Homeschooling Grows Up offered more evidence of Maher’s ignorance: …

“Only 4.2% of the homeschool graduates surveyed consider politics and government too complicated to understand, compared to 35% of U.S. adults(Table 2). This may account for why homeschool graduates work for candidates, contribute to campaigns, and vote in much higher percentages than the general population of the United States (Figures 2 through 7). For example, 76% of homeschool graduates surveyed between the ages
of 18–24 voted within the last five years, compared to only 29% of the relevant U.S. population (Figure 7). The numbers of homeschool graduates who vote are even greater in the older age brackets, with voting levels not falling below 95%, compared to a high of 53% for the corresponding U.S. populace. Interestingly, the three participants in the age-55–69 category were also more civically active than their peers nationwide (but the sample size was so small that this category was/is not included in the figures).”

58.9 percent of homeschool grads report that they are “very happy” with life compared with 27.6 percent for the general U.S. population. 73.2 percent find life “exciting” compared with 47.3 percent.

Homeschool grads also score higher on the ACT, are more likely to volunteer in their communities as adults and read more in general.

It’s true that some parents opt to homeschool their children because they don’t want their kids to be brainwashed by educators who have swallowed the latest progressive educational theories without a second thought or by textbooks authored by academics who have their own agenda. But does it follow, then, that because the parents don’t want their kids brainwashed by others that they want to brainwash them themselves? Or might it be possible that parents homeschool their children precisely because they want their kids to be able to think for themselves?

For two years, I was homeschooled. I also have a number of friends who were homeschooled through high school (including my sister-in-law). In my personal experience, parents who homeschool think the basic premise of education is to teach children to recognize and appreciate truth wherever they find it. I encountered a wider variety of viewpoints as a homeschooler than I ever did as a private school brat or a public school rat (and, yes, I’ve been both of those, too!) because the world became my classroom. Did my parents impart standards by which to judge the validity of ideas I encountered? Yes. Do I consider that brainwashing? No. In fact, I was so aware of my standards for truth that I was able to consciously reevaluate them as an adult. The brainwashed aren’t even aware of the standards by which they judge.

If it’s brainwashing to teach kids that objective truth exists (after all, if truth does exist, it precludes the possibility of relativism pretty quickly!), then the homeschool parents I know brainwashed their children. To Bill Maher, a belief in objective truth is “close-minded.” Never mind that basic logic teaches us that the idea that “there is no truth” is a self-defeating proposition. Eh, well, as Dr. Laura says, you can be so open-minded your brains fall out.

It’s also important to note that there are as many different ways to homeschool as there are families. Such a thing as “progressive homeschooling” has existed and still exists, for example. Back in the day when leftists were still anti-establishment instead of the establishment, they saw homeschooling as a radical thing to do, a way to prevent their children from being brainwashed into thinking capitalism was the only legitimate way to allocate resources. (Incidentally, David Mills wrote a pitch-perfect piece about “Homeschooling’s Liberalism” in the January issue of First Things magazine. If you’re a subscriber, don’t miss it!)

What does Bill Maher make of that?


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Don’t worry, he’s only a comedian. No one listens to him. Right Chucky Schumer..!!!

ehlerts on March 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Let’s not even get into his use of the term “madrassa,” which refers to an Islamic seminary that teaches mostly Islamic subjects.

Wrong Tina. Madrassa in Arabic means school. That’s all. It has no inherent religious meaning or relationship unless you (or Maher) are using the American Right Wing Dictionary of Scare Words.

lester on March 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Ignorance

rob verdi on March 11, 2012 at 5:36 PM

When he walks up to St. Peter he`ll just have to go: “I`ll make this easy on you. We both know where I`m going. Is it a dry heat?”

ThePrez on March 11, 2012 at 5:36 PM

“Madrassa” is an odd term to descirbe home schooling; the term is closer to “private school.” Did Maher go to a private school? Just wondering….

apostic on March 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Maher is one putridly sick puppy.

rplat on March 11, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Don’t worry, he’s only a comedian.

ehlerts on March 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM

That there is an insult to comedians.

Ugly on March 11, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Re lester, Please don’t feed the trolls. Let them go hungry and search elsewhere for food. slutsunite.org, perhaps…

apostic on March 11, 2012 at 5:38 PM

But Madrassas are actual schools, and usually not people’s homes. I don’t understand the comparison here, Bill. But it must work because you’re on TV and liberal, so you’re much smarter than I am.

WarEagle01 on March 11, 2012 at 5:38 PM

“Pray for those who insult Christianity!!!”

Akzed on March 11, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Daughter a recvering teacher. Lots of former teachers are homeschooling just so their children can actually get an education. Not a Santorum fan, but this is just absurd.

bluealice on March 11, 2012 at 5:39 PM

lester on March 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Wow. Does it take much practice to become such an impressively ignorant douchebag, or were you just fortunate enough to be born that way?

My Sharia Moor on March 11, 2012 at 5:39 PM

It has no inherent religious meaning or relationship unless you (or Maher) are using the American Right Wing Dictionary of Scare Words. lester on March 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Um, it was your buddy Bill Maher who used it genius.

Akzed on March 11, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Last time I looked he wasn’t a right winger.

Akzed on March 11, 2012 at 5:40 PM

What Bill Maher doesn’t know about homeschooling could fill a book he’d never read.

Awesome.

And quite true.

thirtyandseven on March 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Wrong Tina. Madrassa in Arabic means school. That’s all.

lester on March 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Are we speaking Arabic?

From Wiki:

in English, the term madrasah usually refers to the specifically Islamic institutions. A typical Islamic school usually offers two courses of study: a ḥifẓ course teaching memorization of the Qur’an (the person who commits the entire Qur’an to memory is called a ḥāfiẓ); and an ʿālim course leading the candidate to become an accepted scholar in the community.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madrasah

Go RBNY on March 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Oh boy, another long-winded Tina lecture.

Pablo Honey on March 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Wrong Tina. Madrassa in Arabic means school. That’s all. It has no inherent religious meaning or relationship unless you (or Maher) are using the American Right Wing Dictionary of Scare Words.

lester on March 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

It’s a religious school. Stop using the “Liberal Dhimmi Dictionary”.

darwin on March 11, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Oh boy, another long-winded Tina lecture.

Pablo Honey on March 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

You’re not forced to read it, or even comment.

darwin on March 11, 2012 at 5:43 PM

It looks like there might be an effort to shine light on Maher and expose him for the pond scum that he is. Will he change his tune?

Jackalope on March 11, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Go RBNY on March 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Careful Go RBNY, those Wikipedia volunteer editors will be all over that like they were Critical Race Theory….

apostic on March 11, 2012 at 5:44 PM

He needs to regain his mojo,…took a little bit of a beating this last week or so. This should show his groupies he’s still got what it takes..

a capella on March 11, 2012 at 5:44 PM

The material that the obama White House writes for Maher, becomes more ridiculous by the day.

Pork-Chop on March 11, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Re lester, Please don’t feed the trolls. Let them go hungry and search elsewhere for food. slutsunite.org, perhaps…

apostic on March 11, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Wow. Does it take much practice to become such an impressively ignorant douchebag, or were you just fortunate enough to be born that way?

My Sharia Moor on March 11, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Why attack instead of actually looking up the meaning of the word?!

lester on March 11, 2012 at 5:45 PM

What’s funny is filthy rich “liberals” wouldn’t be caught dead sending their kids to public skool.

darwin on March 11, 2012 at 5:45 PM

What else can anybody expect from Maher? He’s an imbecile trying to be clever and funny, lacking the requisite cleverness and sense of humor.

ghostwriter on March 11, 2012 at 5:46 PM

I find it more believable that Santorum had his kids homeschooled to keep them away from morons like Bill Maher.

EnglishRogue on March 11, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Leftists peddle this crap because they know it will create a backlash for Santorum.

So far the gullible GOP electorate has fallen for every Obama trick, most especially the assault on the Catholic Church.

Any vote for Santorum is a vote for 4 more years of Obama.

That said, while I would not homeschool my own children, we need all types of educational choice – public, private, Catholic, charter, home schooling and more. The Santorums are to be admired for their decision.

Competition is the only means to destroy the teachers unions.

matthew8787 on March 11, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Wrong Tina. Madrassa in Arabic means school. That’s all. It has no inherent religious meaning or relationship unless you (or Maher) are using the American Right Wing Dictionary of Scare Words.

lester on March 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

“Madrassa” means “school” in the same sense that “Allah” means “God” and “sharia” means “struggle.” Your pedantic lunacy does nothing to the settled question that Arabic madrassas are where kids are incited to do violence against all things and people non-Islamic.

gryphon202 on March 11, 2012 at 5:47 PM

WHO the HELL CARES? I’m surprised at all the “I’ve cancelled HBO” posts recently and why wouldn’t you have – you have to read what the little jerk said anyway.

Never any Mark Levin quotes about the administration, when you could just cut and past practically his entire show. We get Bill Maher here.

Marcus on March 11, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Bill has never been better

DBear on March 11, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Why attack instead of actually looking up the meaning of the word?!

lester on March 11, 2012 at 5:45 PM

I respectfully recind my request against feeding the troll; please offer this one as much crow as he/she can stomach.

apostic on March 11, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Oh boy, another long-winded Tina lecture.

Pablo Honey on March 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Oh look! Another anti-Tina posting on a Tina thread!

They have no impulse control whatsoever, just like Sandra the Slut!

Roy Rogers on March 11, 2012 at 5:48 PM

darwin on March 11, 2012 at 5:45 PM

yup

katy on March 11, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Oh boy, another long-winded Tina lecture.

Pablo Honey on March 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

You’re not forced to read it, or even comment.

darwin on March 11, 2012 at 5:43 PM

This

Ugly on March 11, 2012 at 5:48 PM

lester on March 11, 2012 at 5:45 PM

They did.

Just as Crhistians do not refer to God as Allah, neither are Christian home schools called Madrassas.

kingsjester on March 11, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Oh boy, another long-winded Tina lecture.

Pablo Honey on March 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

You’re free to leave anytime.

gryphon202 on March 11, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Expecting the Santorum daughter Rape jokes in 3…2…1…

portlandon on March 11, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Maher’s trying to change the conversation. He’s feeling the heat. Keep the pressure on!

Rational Thought on March 11, 2012 at 5:49 PM

The Progressive led collapse of the West continues.

……..Hollywood and our Politics leading the way for us.

PappyD61 on March 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Maher’s an idiot.

Homeschool grad here! 6-12 grade.

1st in my class, too. :)

Spannerhead on March 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Bill has never been better

DBear on March 11, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Yeah sure he’s great. Brain stimulating vulgarity and personal attacks on everyone who isn’t a commie.

What could be better than that?

darwin on March 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Why attack instead of actually looking up the meaning of the word?!

lester on March 11, 2012 at 5:45 PM

It’s called context, genius. Check it out.

My Sharia Moor on March 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

“Madrassa” means “school” in the same sense that “Allah” means “God” and “sharia” means “struggle.” “law.” Your pedantic lunacy does nothing to the settled question that Arabic madrassas are where kids are incited to do violence against all things and people non-Islamic.

gryphon202 on March 11, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Whoops…FIFM.

gryphon202 on March 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

My wife and I homeschool our two children. We do it because we were dissatisfied with the local schools. As Tina mentioned, there are lots of reasons parents decide to homeschool their children, not just because of religion. Our daughter is in 11th grade, taking classes at the local community college, and busy trying to figure which university to attend. Our son is finishing up 8th grade and is busy flitting from one interest to another.
Bill Maher is a jerk. Sorry, there’s no other way to say it.
It’s amazing the power liberals have to read your mind and tell you your motives for doing something.

yongoro on March 11, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Why attack instead of actually looking up the meaning of the word?!

lester on March 11, 2012 at 5:45 PM

That’s why I reject “muslim” in favor of the more traditional (and correct) “mozlem”

It’s closer to the original “unclean abomination” interpretation. Just as “madrassa” is today more a radical indoctrination center than a school.

Roy Rogers on March 11, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Homeschool grad here! 6-12 grade.

1st in my class, too. :)

Spannerhead on March 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Well that’s the cheeriest thing I’ve heard all day. Bless you.

apostic on March 11, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Pretty obvious Maher was using madrassa as an example of where people get indoctrinated and not in a good way. He doesn’t know squat about home schooling or Santorum and just can’t keep his mouth shut. Bet he used to get his heinie kicked a lot as a kid and he needs it now.

major dad on March 11, 2012 at 5:55 PM

What could be better than that?

darwin on March 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Applying Bill Maherisms to Michelle and the two Obama girls works for me.

Roy Rogers on March 11, 2012 at 5:55 PM

lester on March 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Wow. Does it take much practice to become such an impressively ignorant douchebag, or were you just fortunate enough to be born that way?

My Sharia Moor on March 11, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Bravo!

GrannyDee on March 11, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Oh boy, another long-winded Tina lecture.

Pablo Honey on March 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

and once again she is as eloquent as a high school senior

DBear on March 11, 2012 at 5:58 PM

I think Bill Maher is on shaky ground if he wants to argue public schools are better than home schooling. Pretty much anything is better than public schools.

Dr. Tesla on March 11, 2012 at 5:59 PM

EnglishRogue on March 11, 2012 at 5:46 PM

That sounds about right. Bill Maher really is the poster boy today’s Liberal, narrow-minded and full of equal doses of hatred and stupidity.

CoolChange80 on March 11, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Testing…am I able to post?

gryphon202 on March 11, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Bill has never been better

DBear on March 11, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Sure he has.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97KllcZidKQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDeqhSh1nlQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGE3G5kfzps

Del Dolemonte on March 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

“Madrassa” means “school” in the same sense that “Allah” means “God” and “sharia” means “struggle.”

Catholic School, School, Public School, Private School… get the difference yet?

Your pedantic lunacy does nothing to the settled question that Arabic madrassas are where kids are incited to do violence against all things and people non-Islamic.

gryphon202 on March 11, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Your absurd interpretation turns every single school in Arab speaking world into a terrorist camp.

lester on March 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

lester on March 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Point taken. the question remains: why not Schule? Or escuela? Or mokykla? I think we all know…

affenhauer on March 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I’m not even certain why we’re talking about this thoroughly repugnant, c*ck-nosed sack of sh*t, apart from the aching hypocrisy he brings out in the left.

So he’s got a whole 60 minutes a week to go on TV and throw feces at the wall like an enraged chimp? Who cares? The only people who watch this sh*t are the same idiots who faint at Mocha Messiah sightings.

I don’t give a flying fook what these people say when they’re gathered around for their weekly daisy chain. Their days are numbered, and I’ve got better things to do than to waste my time listening to petulant sociopaths.

Like teaching puppies to attack the homeless.

My Sharia Moor on March 11, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Worst part of this website is the repeated regurgitation of that swine’s malodorous leavings.

KrebsCyclist on March 11, 2012 at 6:02 PM

My Sharia Moor, tell us what you really think. :)

Dr. Tesla on March 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Your absurd interpretation turns every single school in Arab speaking world into a terrorist camp.

lester on March 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

And your absurd delusions of intellectual superiority turns every dissenting voice into a racist.

L’Idiot.

My Sharia Moor on March 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Bravo!

GrannyDee on March 11, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Missed you on the other thread, BBQing for the family so I’m in and out. Also, NASCAR here in LV. 11 laps to go!

VegasRick on March 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Bill Maher: Santorum homeschools his kids because he wants them locked up in his “Christian madrassa”

Or maybe it’s just because Rick is fairly certain that if he home schools his kids, they will out-score Bill Maher’s miserable pathetic offspring (presuming that the low-life scum has some) on the SAT and ACT college entrance exams.

My collie says:

Gee, ya’ think?

CyberCipher on March 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Oh boy, another long-winded Tina lecture.

Pablo Honey on March 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Perhaps it escaped your notice, but you’ve chosen to visit this web site, known as Hot Air, which is a conservative blog penned by a small handful of bloggers, among which Tina Korbe is one of the main three or four. Perhaps if you do not want to read the thoughts of Tina, you should not visit the blog she is specifically hired to write. Just a thought.

Shump on March 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Your absurd interpretation turns every single school in Arab speaking world into a terrorist camp.

lester on March 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I made no such assertion, straw man. But indeed, I do believe that the vast majority of them are, since that’s what Islam is and does. I don’t fall for that hokey “religion of peace” bullshit. It’s the religion of submission. Ya know, what the word “Islam” actually means?

gryphon202 on March 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Reason 1,000,001 why HBO will never see any of my money…

Khun Joe on March 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Your absurd interpretation turns every single school in Arab speaking world into a terrorist camp.

lester on March 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

The post is about Bill Maher, yet you seem to be spending all your energy defending Islam.

darwin on March 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

It seems like Rush’s Fluke comments have put the left’s hypocrisy on display with their guys like Bill Maher. In the end, even a bad choice of words by Rush works to our advantage. :)

Dr. Tesla on March 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

I get the impression that the Left wanna make Muslims
equal to Christians for some idiotic reason!!

canopfor on March 11, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Worst part of this website is the repeated regurgitation of that swine’s malodorous leavings.

KrebsCyclist on March 11, 2012 at 6:02 PM

TheRightScoop.com

You can watch things like Mark Levin’s entire talk at the Reagan Library. AND NOT Bill Maher.

Marcus on March 11, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Missed you on the other thread, BBQing for the family so I’m in and out. Also, NASCAR here in LV. 11 laps to go!

VegasRick on March 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Enjoy your BBQ and NASCAR.

Catch you another day.

Take good care.

GrannyDee on March 11, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Are we speaking Arabic?

From Wiki:

in English, the term madrasah usually refers to the specifically Islamic institutions. A typical Islamic school usually offers two courses of study: a ḥifẓ course teaching memorization of the Qur’an (the person who commits the entire Qur’an to memory is called a ḥāfiẓ); and an ʿālim course leading the candidate to become an accepted scholar in the community.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madrasah

Go RBNY on March 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

From the same Wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madrasah#Misuse_of_the_word

Among Western countries post-9/11, the Madrasas are often perceived as a place of radical revivalism with a negative connotation of anti-Americanism and radical extremism, frequently associated in the Western press with Wahhabi attitudes toward non-Muslims. The word madrasah literally means “school” and does not imply a political or religious affiliation, radical or otherwise. They have a varied curriculum, and are not all religious. Some madrasahs in India, for example, have a secularized identity.

lester on March 11, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Your absurd interpretation turns every single school in Arab speaking world into a terrorist camp.

lester on March 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

The post is about Bill Maher, yet you seem to be spending all your energy defending Islam.

darwin on March 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Not only that, but it’s curious that Maher himself chooses to use “Madrassa” for its negative connotations. Shouldn’t Lester’s beef be with Maher for using a supposedly innocent word for its negative connotations in reference to Christianity?

gryphon202 on March 11, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Your absurd interpretation turns every single school in Arab speaking world into a terrorist camp.

lester on March 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Childrens Rabbit eat Jews

Saudi textbooks teach annihilation of Jews

State-funded books in Saudi Arabia continue to teach kids that ‘hour (of judgment) won’t come until Muslims fight Jews and kill them,’

sharrukin on March 11, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Oh boy, another long-winded Tina lecture.

Pablo Honey on March 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

and once again she is as eloquent as a high school senior

DBear on March 11, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Shump, thanks for pointing that out to these two nasty commenters. Why be here if they don’t like what they read? I don’t like what they write. So there.

chai on March 11, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I don’t have anything against Muslims, except the ones who want to blow me up.

Dr. Tesla on March 11, 2012 at 6:08 PM

As long as Maher continues to get paid for his opinions, he’ll never go away. Going after right-wing Christians is so easy; Let’s see Maher criticize Muslims in the same way — not if he wants to keep his head. In other words, Maher doesn’t really believe or mean what he says, otherwise he would’ve been silenced long ago. He’s a hypocrite and a coward.

racquetballer on March 11, 2012 at 6:08 PM

A maddrassa that teaches the koran is by definition teaching terrorism, and is therefore a terrorist training school.

Sura (8:12), “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.”

Inter alia.

Akzed on March 11, 2012 at 6:08 PM

lester on March 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

sharrukin on March 11, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Lester is asserting that Arabic madrassas don’t incite violence. I am asserting that they do. We can not both be correct at the same time. I’ll leave it at that.

gryphon202 on March 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM

What kind of ratings does Bill Maher get? Seems like HBO could run reruns of Game of Thrones Season 1 and get better ratings.

Dr. Tesla on March 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM

canopfor on March 11, 2012 at 6:06 PM

It’s simple. Muslims comprise 1% of America’s population. Liberals comprise 21%. Conservatives comprise 35%. Christians comprise 78% of America’s population. If you were a Liberal, whom would you view as a greater threat to your plans?

kingsjester on March 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Always remember that Bill Maher only says things like this because he is:
1. A Potty Mouth, and
2. A stand-up comic

See, now doesn’t that make it make total sense? It’s not because he’s an anti-Christian, anti-Islamic bigot (or a Misogynist for that matter). Nope just a potty-mouth and a comic – with a pure heart toward all others.

You’re welcome.

kburchard on March 11, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Your pedantic lunacy does nothing to the settled question that Arabic madrassas are where kids are incited to do violence against all things and people non-Islamic.

gryphon202 on March 11, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Your absurd interpretation turns every single school in Arab speaking world into a terrorist camp.

lester on March 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Funny how Short-Term the “memory” you Leftists have.

Back in 2007, you folks all had your Pampers in a bunch when Faux News insinuated that O’bama may have gone to a madrassra in Indonesia.

In their “reporting” on the story, O’bama Press Outlet CNN had this to say:

CNN debunks false report about Obama

January 22, 2007

Allegations that Sen. Barack Obama was educated in a radical Muslim school known as a “madrassa” are not accurate, according to CNN reporting.

BTW that story was first floated by Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Del Dolemonte on March 11, 2012 at 6:10 PM

HBO should stick to movies and commericial free television. Let MSNBC hire Bill Maher.

Dr. Tesla on March 11, 2012 at 6:10 PM

The post is about Bill Maher, yet you seem to be spending all your energy defending Islam.

darwin on March 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Islam, or for that matter majority of religions are indefensible regardless of mistranslations of the followers of one to prosecute the other.

lester on March 11, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Bill Maher does kind of looke like an elf or a gecko. Weird looking man.

Dr. Tesla on March 11, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Oh,and I see GOP Nominee children….are OPEN SEASON for
Lefty’s!

Maybe the Lefty MSM need to be threatened,like Obama did,
back in 08 about talking about his kids!
(sarc on the threatening thingy)

canopfor on March 11, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Always remember that Bill Maher only says things like this because he is:
1. A Potty Mouth, and
2. A stand-up comic

See, now doesn’t that make it make total sense? It’s not because he’s an anti-Christian, anti-Islamic bigot (or a Misogynist for that matter). Nope just a potty-mouth and a comic – with a pure heart toward all others.

You’re welcome.

kburchard on March 11, 2012 at 6:10 PM

If he’s not funny, is he still a comic? Or just some random douchebag with an expensive soapbox..?

affenhauer on March 11, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Islam, or for that matter majority of religions are indefensible regardless of mistranslations of the followers of one to prosecute the other.

lester on March 11, 2012 at 6:11 PM

So you have faith that no faith is true. Gotcha. Boy, you’d get eaten alive at the Oxford club.

gryphon202 on March 11, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Lester is asserting that Arabic madrassas don’t incite violence. I am asserting that they do. We can not both be correct at the same time. I’ll leave it at that.

gryphon202 on March 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Few which are religiously oriented do, by far larger majority don’t.

lester on March 11, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Oh boy, another long-winded Tina lecture.

Pablo Honey on March 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Perhaps it escaped your notice, but you’ve chosen to visit this web site, known as Hot Air, which is a conservative blog penned by a small handful of bloggers, among which Tina Korbe is one of the main three or four. Perhaps if you do not want to read the thoughts of Tina, you should not visit the blog she is specifically hired to write. Just a thought.

Shump on March 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Allah earlier had to abruptly close the Afghan Soldier thread after 504 comments. Said he also had to take out the Ban Hammer.

Del Dolemonte on March 11, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Islam in America’s public schools: Education or indoctrination?

With fatal terrorist attacks on the decline worldwide and al Qaeda apparently in disarray, it would seem a time for optimism in the global war on terrorism. But the war has simply shifted to a different arena. Islamists, or those who believe that Islam is a political and religious system that must dominate all others, are focusing less on the military and more on the ideological. It turns out that Western liberal democracies can be subverted without firing a shot.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the educational realm. Islamists have taken what’s come to be known as the “soft jihad” into America’s classrooms and children in K-12 are the first casualties. Whether it is textbooks, curriculum, classroom exercises, film screenings, speakers or teacher training, public education in America is under assault.

Capitalizing on the post-9/11 demand for Arabic instruction, some public, charter and voucher-funded private schools are inappropriately using taxpayer dollars to implement a religious curriculum. They are also bringing in outside speakers with Islamist ties or sympathies. As a result, not only are children receiving a biased education, but possible violations of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause abound.

As if there has EVER been any doubt?

Roy Rogers on March 11, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Lester is asserting that Arabic madrassas don’t incite violence. I am asserting that they do. We can not both be correct at the same time. I’ll leave it at that.

gryphon202 on March 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I agree that they do, but the madrassas as understood in English are not alone in their inciting of violent behavior. You are correct and unsurprisingly ol’ Lester is wrong.

sharrukin on March 11, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Suffice it to say anyone concerned about brainwashing should worry less about Rick Santorum’s children and more about subjugated women and children in the Middle East.

I care most about the brainwashing that goes on in American public schools. The examples here in California abound, with the legislature constantly mandating the teaching of liberal positions.
I do care about the women in the Middle East, but their society does not and our American feminists do not, so there is a limit regarding what we can do about it.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 11, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Bill Maher does kind of looke like an elf or a gecko. Weird looking man.

Dr. Tesla on March 11, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I was thinking more along the lines of a gnome.

My collie says:

An evil, evil gnome…that dresses like…a clown.

CyberCipher on March 11, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Bill Who?
Obama has told us that This Bill person is a comedy expert. So why would anyone look to a Comedy show for educational advice?

Pecos on March 11, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Roy Rogers on March 11, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Back-to-school night was a lot of fun this year, especially when I asked the history teacher to defend why the textbook has easily 1/3 of the chapters devoted to Islam. I kinda felt bad for the guy – he was like 0bama, off-prompter…

affenhauer on March 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM

kingsjester on March 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Those who are trained from birth to kill me?

OldEnglish on March 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM

canopfor on March 11, 2012 at 6:06 PM

It’s simple. Muslims comprise 1% of America’s population. Liberals comprise 21%. Conservatives comprise 35%. Christians comprise 78% of America’s population. If you were a Liberal, whom would you view as a greater threat to your plans?

kingsjester on March 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM

kingsjester:A great point,and how often,on the talky shows,do the
Left make it sound as if,they are the mainstream on
opinion,no matter what the topic!:)

canopfor on March 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Lester is asserting that Arabic madrassas don’t incite violence. I am asserting that they do. We can not both be correct at the same time. I’ll leave it at that.

gryphon202 on March 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Few which are religiously oriented do, by far larger majority don’t.

lester on March 11, 2012 at 6:14 PM

http://www.memri.org
http://www.jihadwatch.org

For your viewing pleasure. There is much more evidence to contradict your assertion than there is to support it.

gryphon202 on March 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM

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