Islam is Caught in a 16th Century Time Warp

“The Medieval Christian threat is under control, Mr. President. Please deal with the Radical Islamic threat today.”         — Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA)


Comedian and liberal host of HBO’s Real Time Bill Maher took an interesting position this past weekend on President Obama’s recent National Prayer Day Breakfast speech. Maher (who is notoriously anti-God and anti-religion) said that he had no problem with what the President said about Islam in the speech, but that the President should have gone further and made the connection that Islam is still living in the 16th Century today!

(Beware – this is HBO and Bill Maher, there is foul language in the clip.)



Maher: He’s just saying — I’ve made this point myself a billion f***ing times. If I was living in the 16th century it would be Christianity you ought to be going after because they’re the ones who were the most violent and the most intolerant. But we’re not living in the 16th century. The problem with Obama making this statement is that he doesn’t make the follow-up statement that I always do: we did it then, they’re doing it now…

This ISIS group, I have to tell you, they create a cognitive dissonance in my mind, I’ll admit that. Because logically I think we should let the Arab world, the Muslim world, take care of them themselves and get out of there. Stop giving a common enemy to the region. But I have to admit they are very good at pushing buttons. When I see the things they do like this week I am like we have to smoke these motherf***ers yesterday. I am like what is taking so long? And you know what it is taking so long? No boots on the ground. Why doesn’t Jordan have boots on the ground? Why doesn’t Egypt —

Marianne Williamson: You know when you were talking earlier, Bill, you were talking about medicine and you said they treat the symptom but not the cause. And when everybody had this conversation about politics, it’s always about treating the symptom and not the problem.

Maher: No, the cause is Islam. That’s the thing. The symptom is what’s going on. The root —

Williamson: I respect that you believe that the cause is Islam but I think that there is a multi-cause here. For instance, if we had never invaded Iraq, if we had never struck this hornet’s nest —

Maher: If we had never done that… there would still be millions of people who believe you deserve to die. If you elope with the wrong person, draw the wrong cartoon, leave the religion.


I, of course, don’t completely agree with Maher here. I think that Obama’s mention of the Crusades is a complete non sequitur and totally out of place during something like the National Day of Prayer breakfast. But I do agree that Obama should have made the connection to the medieval period about Islam. Modern Islam quite obviously seems to be stuck in the 16th century… which is a point Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) made last week too.

In comments that came after the National Prayer Breakfast Jindal said

“It was nice of the President to give us a history lesson at the Prayer breakfast.  Today, however, the issue right in front of his nose, in the here and now, is the terrorism of Radical Islam, the assassination of journalists, the beheading and burning alive of captives.

We will be happy to keep an eye out for runaway Christians, but it would be nice if he would face the reality of the situation today. The Medieval Christian threat is under control Mr. President. Please deal with the Radical Islamic threat today.”



The Medieval Christian threat is under control Mr. President. Please deal with the Radical Islamic threat today.”


Just Awesome.