HBO’s Bill Maher faced off against a British columnist on Friday who said she believes that followers of Islam are being “demonized” by reports of the latest terror attack which accuse a British-born terrorist of killing at least four people in an attack on London’s Westminster Bridge on Wednesday.
Appearing on Maher’s panel on HBO’s “Real Time,” Louise Mensch, a Heat Street columnist and former conservative member of the U.K. Parliament, claimed that the attack had nothing to do with the Islamic religion, according to a report in The Hill. However, ISIS and Syria did identify the attacker, Khalid Masood, as “a soldier of the Islamic State.”
“It has nothing to do with Islam the same way Timothy McVeigh had nothing to do with Roman Catholicism,” Mensch stated, noting that the terrorist was born in the U.K., and his given name was Adrian before he was radicalized. “Partisans of Russia were out in the streets saying it was an illegal immigrant who did it, trying to turn the London people against our Muslim friends and neighbors. And, you’re not going to do that.”
McVeigh was convicted of killing 168 people in the 1995 bombing of a government building in Oklahoma City.
Maher disagreed with her, noting, “Every time some bomb goes off, before it goes off, somebody yells ‘Allahu Akbar!’ I never hear anybody go ‘Merry Christmas! This one’s for the flying nun!’”
Maher further pointed out that Christian terrorist armies do not exist, but organizations such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, al-Shabaab, and Boko Haram are currently wreaking havoc throughout the world.
Watch the entire panel discussion below:
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