"We're liberals! We're liberals. We're not crazy tea-baggers," Bill Maher protested after his televised argument with Ben Affleck about Islam.
"We are not bigoted people. On the contrary, we're trying to stand up for the principles of liberalism!" Maher added. "I think we're just saying we need to identify illiberalism wherever we find it in the world, and not forgive it because it comes from [a group] people perceive as a minority."
But despite Maher's protests, the majority of liberals would agree with Affleck that criticizing Islam is racist. Liberals claim that the Islamic State is Un-Islamic. It would be more accurate to state that liberals are illiberal. Liberalism, even the form that was in common usage not too long ago, is as dead as Lenin.