Bill Maher has stooped to a new level of playing politics with a tragedy with his latest comments blaming Republicans and “right-wing media” for what a lone 21-year-old gunman did to a church full of Christians in South Carolina — a group he generally despises.
On the latest episode of Maher’s Real Time HBO program, he had this to say about Dylann Roof, the punk responsible for what happened in Charleston.
“Well, we can never tell why someone snaps, but I bet you I can tell ya where he got his news. I looked at [The Daily Caller] the last week, it was a lot of stories about black people. Same with Matt Drudge. I think they present a really twisted view. I’m not surprised this guy thought they’re ‘taking over the country.’ Obviously, he has a warped mind, that’s going into it, but I don’t think it was video games. And I do think the media is responsible to a degree. I wouldn’t say we should be droning Fox News, but we did drone Anwar al-Awlaki because he inspired people. He didn’t do terrorist acts, he just inspired them.”
There’s more, but it’s also more of the same. Rant and baseless accusation against people that he disagrees with politically. You can read it via The Daily Beast if you want to lose a few IQ points.
Of course, Maher isn’t exactly in rare company. Hillary Clinton basically blamed free speech for what happened in Charleston — the kind she disagrees with — and of course, President Obama was only too eager to talk gun control ahead of the tragedy shortly after it occurred, as if a lunatic who wanted to kill any group of people wouldn’t find a way.
In fact, in the president’s speech he proves my point by referencing the tragic church bombing that killed four young black girls Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., immortalized in a moving eulogy.
Unfortunately, Democrats have not stopped campaigning through this whole tragedy, and it’s a true disservice to the faith and the spirit of the victims.
Instead of trying to get in baseless, senseless non sequiturs at your political foes — instead of pushing agendas and lambasting the principles on which the country was based because it’s not convenient for your specific beliefs — the three mentioned in this op-ed and countless others on the Left could be learning from the faith of the surviving Charleston shooting victims.
When given the opportunity to confront their loved ones’ shooter today, they didn’t take jabs or stump for more impotent legislation that was unable to prevent this tragedy in the first place. They instead, one after the other, had a simple message.
But that’s because they have more strength of character, more class and dignity, than Bill Maher or anyone who would see what happened as a political opportunity.
[Image of Bill Maher via HBO, linked above]