On his program, Maher made a Juan Williams-esque confession when he apprehensively noted that Mohammed has just become the most popular baby name in Britain. “Am I a racist to say to feel I’m alarmed by that?” Maher asked his panel. “Because I am. And it’s not because of the race, it’s because of the religion He I don’t have to apologize, do I, for not wanting the Western world to be taken over by Islam in 300 years?”
His normally boisterous crowd fell silent as the panel responded to Maher’s admission.
“If you’re with NPR,” the conservative Margaret Hoover chimed, “You’d be fired.”
“It’s worse,” Lawrence O’Donnell told Maher. “It’s way worse than what Juan Williams said.” Hoover seemed to agree with this sentiment.