The One Where Bill Maher Gets Clobbered By A Knuckle Sandwich Of Fact

Like many Americans, I watch Bill Maher's "Real Time" show with a mixture of genuine amusement and disquieting pause. There are just some topics that Mr. Maher seems to prefer to cover with glibness rather than with an actual honest conversation. Religion, specifically Islam, is one of those topics. This clip, which comes at a tail end of the conversation about the attacks at Benghazi and the nature of democratic revolution in the Islamic world, finally sees him getting his comeuppance courtesy of the brilliant Glenn Greenwald.

While it's clear that Maher is out of his depth here, the core argument here about fundamentalism and violence is worth talking about. Here are two good takes, from David Atkins and Digby, both courtesy of The Dish.