Bill Maher On London Attack: I Never Hear Terrorists Say 'Merry Christmas,' Only 'Allahu Akbar'

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Bill Maher debates former Member of British Parliament and Heat Street blogger Louise Mensch on Islam and the impact the religion had on the terror attack that took place in London last week. Mensch called it another example "where we take one group of people and we demonize them." Other guests on the panel: MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Max Brooks.

From the heated exchange where Mensch argued Islam is not to blame for the attack:

BILL MAHER: Before we run out of time: London. Another terrorist attack this week and ISIS claimed credit. I am surprised because I thought we had wiped out ISIS on day one as Donald Trump said.

LOUISE MENSCH: Well, Donald Trump said within 30 days.

MAHER: I guess somebody didn't get the memo.

MENSCH: ISIS is behind schedule but ISIS aren't credible. ISIS aren't a credible source, number one. And, number two, this is another example of exactly what you were talking about where we take one group of people and we demonize them. The guy was British-born. His name was Adrian before he converted. And when this awful terrorist attack happened and people lost their lives, including an American and a British policeman, partisans rushed out in the streets and said it was an illegal immigrant that did it. Trying to turn people against our Muslim friend and neighbors. Well, you are not going to do that. You are not going to do that!

[APPLAUSE]

MAHER: Well let's not pretend that it has nothing to do with Islam the religion.

MENSCH: It doesn't.

MAHER: It has nothing to do with Islam?

MENSCH: It has nothing to do--

MAHER: That's very interesting.

MENSCH: It has nothing to do with Islam the same way Timothy McVeigh had nothing to do with Roman Catholicism

MAHER: Because every time some bomb goes off, before it goes off, somebody yells, 'Allahu Akbar.' I never heard anybody go, 'Merry Christmas!'

[LAUGHTER]

MAHER: This one's for the Flying Nun! [Bullet sounds]



In the online-only 'Overtime' portion of the show the clash between Maher and Mensch continued. Maher called it a false equivalency when Mensch tried to liken Islamic extremism to Christian extremism conducted by the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. Transcript below video.



BILL MAHER: This guy who did the terrorist attack, you liberals, He's from Birmingham (England), which is heavily Muslim, and some of the schools there were actually teaching a form of Sharia law. This is a fact, I'm not making this up.

There have also been many acid thrown in the face attacks.

Let me ask this, I've asked this question before. If a European country sometime in the future became 51% Muslim, would it be the same country? Would it have the same values, the same laws, would laws change?

LOUISE MENSCH: Would you ask that same question about Jews?

MAHER: I will.

MENSCH: Would you ask that same question about Catholics?

MAHER: I will ask that question and the answer is it wouldn't change because they're already the fucking majority. But Muslims are not. You are telling me if a European country became 51% Muslim, it would basically be the same country you grew up in?

MENSCH: The problem would not be Islam, it would be homogeneity. It would be homogenous. You're talking about where every single -- everybody is one faith group. Britain is diverse.

MAHER: I'm talking about our fundamental principles: equality of women, separation of religion and state, respect for minorities, rule of law as opposed to religious rule.

MENSCH: Do you know about the Westboro Baptist Church? They are a whole bunch of fundamentalists.

MAHER: Again, this false equivalency.

MENSCH: It's not a false equivalency!

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