This is an issue from last year, but Maher makes some good points about assimilating other cultures into our own:
Bill Maher: “While America likes to think it’s number one, we have to admit that we’re behind the developing work on at least one thing – their religious wackos are a lot more wacko than ours. When Southpark got threatened last week by Islamists incensed at their depiction of Muhammad, it served – or should serve – as a reminder too all of us that our culture isn’t just different than one that make death threats to cartoonists, its better.”
I can only hope that people like Bill Maher, who look at these issues from the lighter side and don’t let political-correctness force them to sweep the issue under the carpet, open our eyes to the way religion forces an “us-vs-them” paradigm on any society in which it permeates. This is the danger of an “If you’re not with us, you’re against us” thought process. And where have we heard that before…?
“Speaking of Muslims, the vast majority are law abiding, loving people who just want to be left alone to subjegate their women in peace. But I gotta tell you, civilized people don’t threatened each other; we sue each other. Threatening? That’s an old school desert shit, and I’m sorry, you can’t bring that to the big city. I’m very glad that Obama is reaching out to the Muslim world, and I know Muslims living in America and Europe want their way of life to be assimilated more. But the Western world needs to make it clear: some things about our culture are not negotiable and can’t change. And one of them is freedom of speech. Separation of church and state is another. Women are allowed to work here and you can’t beat them. Not negotiable. This is how we roll, this is why our system is better…”