November 21, 2015

WATCH: Bill Maher tells Chrystia Freeland: "This idea that somehow we do share values, that all religions are alike, is bulls***.”

Rebel Staff

On last night's episode of his show, outspoken TV host Bill Maher got into a heated discussion about Islam with panelist Chrystia Freeland, Trudeau's International Trade Minister.


Maher’s exchange with Chrystia Freeland, a member of the Canadian House of Commons, came after he opened up his program contending many of the Syrian refugees don’t share many of America’s cornerstone values.

“If you are in this religion, you probably do have values that are at odds. This is what liberals don’t want to recognize,” Maher said. “This idea that somehow we do share values that all religions are alike is bulls***.

That triggered a debate amongst Maher’s panel, but particularly seemed to offend Freeland who pushed back against the HBO host.

“Are you guys saying that the Muslim faith is by definition worse than other people’s?” she asked.

“Yes! The ideas,” Maher countered. “If 6 million people in a supposedly moderate country agree with ISIS. You know, I read this article recently — it was attacking me about my beliefs on such things. And they said, ‘Oh Bill, you paint with too broad of a brush.’ What about Indonesia? The moderate country of Indonesia. And then they went on to say, only 18 percent believe in honor killings.’ Really? So one out of five people in the moderate country your holding up as the moderate country believes if a woman is raped we blame and kill her?”


"You’re saying their ideas are bad?” a seemingly offended Freeland asked.

“Killing women for being raped I would say is a bad idea. Yeah, I do,” Maher fired back as the audience erupted in applause. “Hang me for it.”


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commented 2015-11-24 19:43:29 -0500
Wow…she really is as stupid as she looks. Have never actually heard her talk, tried to convince myself not to pre-judge just because of her rich background and where she lives, but nope….she IS the perfect GTA liberal stereotype.
commented 2015-11-24 07:43:50 -0500
@ Liza Rosie "Isn’t being a moderate like being half pregnant? " Yes! NO KIDDING folks! With all we know so far about the teachings of Islam, this is the thing we are all wondering…how can you be a moderate when The Book’s teaching is clearly immoderate…except to not hold to ‘The Book’ AT ALL! Surely ‘moderate’ Muslims are actually SECULAR people, not Muslim at all. (kind of like the ‘political’ Catholics and Protestants of Norther Ireland…born into their ‘faith’ without an inkling about the teachings of the faith at all. I agree with you Liza, today, anyway!☺
commented 2015-11-24 07:34:47 -0500
@ Earl Hildebrand commented 1 day ago
“It’s funny because left wing Liberals in Canada actually think democrats are their brothers and sisters in the US. But when you put a Democrat beside a Liberal, you realize the Liberal looks like a babbling teenage girl, and the democrat looks like a conservative. " excellent observation!!! ☺ (likewise, ironically, Trudeau and Obama)
commented 2015-11-24 01:22:01 -0500
Why is Bill Maher trying to embarrass Canadians by inviting this woman on his show?? She’s a member of parliament, and a twit. Simple comparisons to Western values and Muslim values seem to go over her head. She’s an extremely one-dimensional individual who probably shouldn’t be in politics.
commented 2015-11-23 19:15:04 -0500
Freeland’s position here is the popular Liberal, and liberal one. “Don’t you dare say anything, any little thing, that in any way denigrates any muslim, no matter how backward or dangerous, or anything related to any muslim or the islamic faith or anything involving islam in any way, or you are a racist right wing gun-toting cousin-marrying bible-thumping intolerant racist conservative nazi racist hillbilly paranoid racist!”. Literally, the end of the discussion. Right there. No more arguing, because you’ve taken the position of the racist right wing gun…(etc., etc.) and I’ve taken the position of the morally correct refugee saving superior collectivist, and you just have no more voice because of it. It’s an internally dichotomous relationship, as the facts that don’t support that attitude are ignored and the lies that support it are celebrated. The only thing that Maher got from her is a shrug, acknowledging that female genital mutilation and honour killings are both bad things that we don’t want. She couldn’t even vocally acknowledge it, she just had to continue her rant that anyone who suggests that any little thing about islam is wrong in any way is somehow being “non-inclusive”. Or something like that, I get confused after the first minute or so of socialistic islamapoligists’ insane rantings. I’m sure there’s some morally challenged lefty out there who can finish the sentence for me.
commented 2015-11-23 19:03:06 -0500
Robert Dunning, not slamming you here, but you kind of contradicted yourself in your post. You refer to him as a commie, I’m assuming you mean Maher. He is kind of a commie. But he’s also kinda funny, in that he recognizes the commie-ness of his attitudes and makes fun of it from time to time. Then you go off on a athiestic rant. That’s the dichotomy, here. Maher is a famous athiest. Check out some of his stuff on the problems with religion, there’s lots out there. I think he’s got such a problem with ISIS and muslim issues like sharia because he’s half-jewish. He knows he’d be on the chopping block for his race if sharia ever comes to this side of the pond.
commented 2015-11-23 10:11:28 -0500
She is Canada’s Minister of International Trade? She is a star Liberal?

This indicates the low-level intellects we will be governed by for the next 4 years, or allah forbid, longer. Maybe it is not a totally bad thing that Gerald Butt-head is in charge; at least he has intelligence as shown by his ability to manipulate these clowns that don’t.
commented 2015-11-23 02:49:35 -0500
Chrystia Freelunch, i wish i could have informed Mahr about her daddy buying her a nice place to live, it would have been fun seeing him bring that up.
commented 2015-11-23 02:11:40 -0500
I can’t wait until Freeland is covered up and kept silent.
commented 2015-11-23 02:07:26 -0500
Sean is back with his SPECIAL view of the world, he thinks he makes us mad , but all i feel for him is pity.
commented 2015-11-22 23:49:34 -0500
Tony Benjamin. I agree wholeheartedly. What kind of people would belong to a religion where the perfect man was a mass murderer, slave taker, misogynist, rapist and pedophile.
commented 2015-11-22 21:12:52 -0500
I read through a number of these comments and even the people who are against Islam (I am also one of them) are coming across as apologists in a way.

Lets forget about Islam and the Koran for a moment and focus on the “mastermind” behind these evil concoctions – Muhammad. How about a discussion of the historical Muhammad, including his murderous warlord and pedophilia background. Lets look at the “saint” that Muslims adore!

Even a cursory look at his life and doings will leave you shaking your head as to why any thinking human being would have anything to do with this him and his cult. It seems, for the most part, Muhammad never had an original thought of his own but instead stole from the Bible and twisted it just so – kind of like a devil inspired negative of the Bible.
commented 2015-11-22 20:58:47 -0500
Ron I missed your comment earlier today your absolutely right. It’s disturbing to see the hatred of anything Christian or conservative. I have never commented on things like this before. Just hate to see lies being spread about the Bible so many things said that are absolutely false by people who dont have a clue what their talking about. Stick to facts for petes sakes. But do these liberals just wear out with stupid comments? is that the strategy? Even with the obvious difference between Christian values and Islam that they witness every day on the news?? And if you object your a racist??!? Doesn’t even make sense!

My brain hurts to think about it, gonna have a nap!
commented 2015-11-22 20:33:30 -0500
“We have no right to oppose this issue.” No right. Really? Spoken like a true supremacist Communist, whose true colours time and again come through his inane comments at The Rebel, but is too cowardly to declare that he is one. Some good ol’ common sense rural language usually applied to ducks: When it walks like a Communist, and talks like a Communist, it is a Communist.
I found it quite amusing that the leftwing trolls were by-and-large absent here, which was quite refreshing. I could understand why as they found themselves in the midst of a difficult conundrum. Do they side with atheist Bill Maher, who they love because he bashes Christians, “attacks the likes of Stephen Harper or any Republican”, etc., or do they go with the zany socialist, “The ‘Honourable’ Ms. Freeland"?
commented 2015-11-22 20:27:16 -0500
It’s funny because left wing Liberals in Canada actually think democrats are their brothers and sisters in the US. But when you put a Democrat beside a Liberal, you realize the Liberal looks like a babbling teenage girl, and the democrat looks like a conservative.
commented 2015-11-22 19:18:40 -0500
When he attacks the likes of Stephen Harper or any Republican, he is very funny. When he attacks people, such as poor Ms. Freeland, he is very abusive and sexist!?!

So let me get this straight when your home boy attacks one of your own for being illogical he’s bad. But when he attacks others he’s good!

No bias here let’s move on.

Sean get the point we’really trying to make but seems lost on you illogical people.
NO ONE is against helping refugees. We are against doing it unsafely. Are you even listening? We don’t want people blowing up our children! Is that intolerant apparently to you it is! ISIS is moving in with the refugees ie. Exactly what’s happening in europe!, are you even on this planet?? Don’t rush check them out fully first and if you cannot then they cannot come in. You would do this in your own home why is it so intolerant when there is a clear and present danger at hand to do it in our country??

Oh that’s right your viewpoint it the only one that matters!!
Sorry I’ll submit now.
commented 2015-11-22 18:48:06 -0500
Occasionally, a small bit of rationality peeks out from behind Bill Maher’s leftist idealism.
commented 2015-11-22 18:21:27 -0500
" We have no right to oppose this issue; it is a basic and fundamental human right to live in a desirable place." Wrong on both points. in fact you couldn’t be more wrong or ill informed Sean.

It is our constitutional right of free speech in our free country (for the time being anyway) to disagree with the government. What a ridiculous statement that we have no right to.

“Human right to live in a desirable place”, say what? Maybe in fairyland. Just because we are a free and , ‘were’ a prosperous country, doesn’t mean we have any obligation which supersedes our right to our own security and sovereignty.

Refugees should have been dealt with without having to transport them thousands of miles from their own homes, permanently. Since it seems too late for anything else now, we have to take some in, but a slow trickle of well ‘interviewed’ and scrutinized TRUE refugees is the only safe approach. They must vow to leave Sharia and their hatred of infidels behind them. We also must make sure we take in an equal amount of Christian refugees, and in both cases special attention given to women and children. Also I don’t want to see our population so watered down with Muslims that it makes us the minority demographic in our own country. That’s where the sovereignty part comes in.

A pathetic try at shaming us.
commented 2015-11-22 17:52:48 -0500
“We have no right to oppose this issue;” Really? We have no rights? That is slavery! It will be interesting to see if lefties are still fawning over the Lieberal dictatorship in Ottawa a couple of years from now………………! Oops! Forgot. Slavery is the preferred condition of the populace for the left/communist advocates!
commented 2015-11-22 17:36:14 -0500
only good thing coming out of that commie. use to watch but kept running out of air sick bags, so stopped. religion has and will still kill thousands of humans on this planet every year, and without it i guess we then would need some kind of population control. if this is some pie in the sky god way of controlling the planet maybe make 3/4 of the population sexless when born instead. far less carnage and suffering. okay maybe not me of course just the rest of the 3/4’s.
commented 2015-11-22 17:35:42 -0500
The Honourable Ms. Freeland was hopelessly abused by Maher and his ilk. When he attacks the likes of Stephen Harper or any Republican, he is very funny. When he attacks people, such as poor Ms. Freeland, he is very abusive and sexist. Whether we like it or not, Canada is obligated to take in refugees; we owe it to our internationalism through the United Nations. We must fess up, and let the government govern, as it sees fit. We have no right to oppose this issue; it is a basic and fundamental human right to live in a desirable place. I may not be comfortable with 100% of Mr. Trudeau’s policies, but he is the will of the people. Stop making a political issue out of such an issue of humanity. I may not like it much, but Canada wouldn’t be the country that it is today (it wouldn’t be in existence) if it were not for the Liberal Party of Canada; for that I am thankful.
commented 2015-11-22 17:14:40 -0500
Some good points guys, but I just haaaaaaave to comment on Ian’s comment about “ignorant fundamentalist Christians”… A that was not subject of this video. However I would seriously caution using the Catholic Church as a Bastian of true Biblical Christianity! They have been responsible for more human rights violations and killing of fundamentalist Christians and even Muslims in their 1700 year history. A they don’t even adhere to most of the basic tenents of the Bible to begin with. its more of a religious guide, that was determined an AD 325. Case in point do you call your Jesuit priest Father? Of course you do. But Christ said in math 23:9call no man your father upon the earth! for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

And further your comment of “First, it was easy for Christ to preach peace and turning the other cheek because the Romans kept law and order quite ruthlessly”

Are you serious??!! They tortured and crucified an innocent man! I don’t think that’s a good example of law and order!
He suffered and died for the sins of mankind and you suggest that was easy?
I’m sorry that’s a rediculous statement.

And I don’t know about you but I tried to watch “Decoding Christianity” which should really have been called decoding Catholicism but that’s another conversation. Considering how confusing that was I don’t think Bill would have any problem with a Jesuit. And “Nasty sections of the Bible”!., really Ian? now you sound like the Liberals! Sorry folks I just hate when people make outlandish statements that are not backed by facts. If you have logical facts to share then by all means do it but don’t just make blanket statements meant to disparage others with no logical or factual backing!

However I digress from the bigger issue here which is the Christianity of the Bible would never allow this NOR is it the same as Islam.
commented 2015-11-22 17:00:56 -0500
Exactly Yvette.
commented 2015-11-22 16:41:14 -0500
I remember when she first came on the scene, wearing that same red dress over & over again & Trudeau along side of her trying to get her elected. She represented the liberals to a “T” by putting words in the mouth of Bill Maher & his other guests & spinning the liberal rhetoric. I seldom agree with Maher, but in this instance I totally agreed with him. Freeland spoke of diversity, but she doesn’t even know what it means. Stoning women, raping little boys, gender mutilation, yeah that’s diverse alright, really makes me want join in. To the good Muslims speak up & show us that you reject sharia law & terrorism & that you respect our values. If you remain silent, then what are we to think of how you feel. The only time it seems I see Muslims in Canada (other than Terek Fahta & Risah whose last name escapes me) speak up is when they accuse us of being intolerant or racist etc even though Canada bends over backwards to accommodate them in every which way, sometimes to the detriment of its own citizens. CTV does not, never will speak for me as long as they profess their liberal socialist views & neither did Freeland, who showed her left wing beliefs & low information vision about Islam.
commented 2015-11-22 16:13:05 -0500
Deborah, Chrystia Freeland even holds up Germany as an example we should emulate!!

Ian, The ‘nasty sections’ of the Bible are entirely in the Old Testament, are they not? Which underlines the reformation of Christianity. Islam has one book of the Koran, with what you have pointed out for me (thank-you Ian) has two sections ? Medina (nasty), and Meccan (nice). Is it actually allowed for the Meccan Koran following Muslims to ignore the Medina parts of the Koran? Why don’t ‘moderate’ Muslims make this distinction in their own defence? And do ‘moderate’ Muslims consider this distinction to be at par with the updating of Christianity with the New Testament?

Since Sharia Law is not considered to be from ‘divine revelation’ and is derived by legal scholars, an entirely man made ideology, does it then follow, that those Muslims who live by Sharia, such as those who insist on wearing the Niqab and Burka in Canada, are indeed the opposite of ‘moderate’ and are in fact extremists? The kind of Muslim who expects, at best that their host country change for them, instead of assimilating into our Canadian society? At worst, ‘slay the unbelievers’? Ian indicated as much.

So does it make any sense to allow those followers of Sharia into our country in the first place? Isn’t that one way to make a distinction, one that has nothing to do with religion or race.
commented 2015-11-22 16:11:51 -0500
You are all right. Please let her know.

I did.

Dear Ms. Freeland,

I saw you on Bill Maher’s show, and I must say that your comments were embarrassing. Canadians deserve so much better from a Minister of The Crown.

If you wish to retain any credibility on the national and international stages, you are going to have to dump your clichéd responses. The “all-cultures-are-equal-so-celebrate-our-diversity” pitch quickly starts to deteriorate once you leave the Sesame Street crowd and field it to an adult audience which has at least a passing familiarity with current events.

Yours truly,
commented 2015-11-22 15:59:58 -0500
Ian Kluge – “Belief in sharia law indicates someone is drifting from moderate Islam towards extreme Islam.”

I agree with everything you said, but especially with this comment that you made. It is why they have been slowly stealing away our rights, and most people haven’t been paying attention. In fact, they’ve been encouraged, because of our activist legal system, and the greed of the Liberal elite. The Liberal elite have kept people in our country, that our elected officials said that they wanted removed, and yet they used our liberal systems, to maintain rights, that our government said that they had lost. We are made to feel guilty because we are perceived to have so much, even though Canada is a very giving nation, and not just of our money, we have given our compassion, and labour in times of crisis too. So now it appears that we will be forced to share, willingly or not because someone has determined, that we still have too much. Just look at the state of Germany now.
commented 2015-11-22 15:40:43 -0500
PAUL MCGREGOR, thanks for addressing the idiocy of the comment by Freeland, a Harvard graduate (which tells you something about Harvard), saying: “The Bible says an eye for an eye”, a comment that the punishment should fit the crime. Freeland blurted this ridiculous out-of-place comment in response to Maher saying, “Killing a woman for being raped. I would say is a bad idea”. As you say, “this was to restrict unjust response to a crime like murder because some one insulted you or perhaps your prophet”, as proscribed in Islam for anyone, like Charlie Hebdo, that insults Islam’s prophet.
So the “response” would be to mock Christians and insult Christian’s LOrd and Savior Jesus Christ. Oops, I forgot that, among others, Muslims, left-wing ‘progressives’, our trolls (“useful idiots”), and the left-wing media, like the CBC, have no hesitancy in doing that. For example, the ‘artwork’ depicting a small plastic crucifix of Jesus submerged in a glass of the artist’s urine. Did Christians like it? Of course not. Did they slaughter people for this offense or burn embassies? You know the answer. The CBC, by the way, in character posted this image on their ‘arts page’! I don’t recall any Christian terrorists attacking the CBC in response. However, hypocritically, the CBC, refused to print any images of Muhammad.
Consider this report on the largest Gay Pride parade in the world that took place this June in Sao Paulo, Brazil (Warning: Disturbing Pictures):
commented 2015-11-22 14:42:37 -0500
Bill Maher is right here – which proves that sometimes even a blind pig finds an acorn. Usually he picks on ignorant Christian fundamentalists but I’ve never seen him trying to take on a Jesuit. (His ‘arguments’ would go through a meat-grinder.) About Mohammed: First, it was easy for Christ to preach peace and turning the other cheek because the Romans kept law and order quite ruthlessly. Mohammed, however, lived in a time of non-stop tribal warfare and Christ’s pacifistic stance would get Him and His followers killed in short order. This is important because Muslim extremists like ISIS read the historical parts of the Qu’ran as if they were still applicable today, i.e. they read the Qu’ran literally and unhistorically. Moderate Muslims don’t do that. They focus on the parts called the ‘Meccan Qu’ran’ which is very peaceful and pay little or no attention to the so-called ‘Medina Qu’ran’ which has numerous violent passages. So, a ‘moderate’ Muslim believes in the Meccan Qu’ran – and, as most Christians do with the nasty sections of the Bible, s/he by-passes the ‘Medina Qu’ran’ for all practical purposes. As for Sharia law: it is completely man-made, i.e. derived by legal scholars from the Qu’ran and the Hadith but are not divine revelation. It has a hold on many Muslims because of the prestige of legal scholars in Islam and is not theologically required. That is why most Muslim countries don’t have it as their law, e.g. Indonesia, Malaysia, Syria (under the Assads), Iraq (under Saddam) Afghanistan, Bangladesh etc. Belief in sharia law indicates someone is drifting from moderate Islam towards extreme Islam.
commented 2015-11-22 14:34:38 -0500
I tend to agree with both Ron and Paul on this.

From Paul, “Words mean something folks! They create fundamental beliefs. This is why most Muslims are NOT terrorist but because of the tenants they sympathize with them!”
And since they only sympathize with them, are we given to believe that Muslims expect us to be comfortable with that?

From Ron, "So, can we regard a Muslim who says things not aligned with Islam and modeled after Muhammad’s life as a “moderate Muslim”? For example, the other day, I saw a Letter to the Editor entitled, “Muslims Condemn Attack”, wherein the writer, a Muslim, commenting on the Paris attacks, said, among other things, ‘No matter what religion it may be, no faith allows for such violence and hate. As a Muslim leader, I can assure you Muslims around the world condemn such attacks and we stand in solidarity with the people of Paris.’
Indeed, and are we expected to believe that this Iman does not follow the words of the Koran then? Paul’s post quotes some of the words of the Koran,(and Rick) and they don’t line up what this Iman is expecting us to swallow. Isn’t being a moderate like being half pregnant?

Good imput on the ridiculous moral vanity that is the Liberal equating of Islam and Christianity.