Liberal comedian Bill Maher encouraged a debate on the religion of Islam after the stabbing of his “dear friend” Salman Rushdie in New York on Friday.
On his HBO show, Real Time, Maher began his conversation with broadcaster Piers Morgan and New York Post columnist Rikki Schlott by noting police have not yet announced a motivation, but have identified the suspect in custody as Hadi Matar, 24, from Fairview, New Jersey.
The host hearkened to the many death threats Rushdie, an Indian-born novelist who has been a guest on Maher’s show, has received since the late 1980s, particularly with the publication of The Satanic Verses and the subsequent fatwa from Iran that asked all Muslims to kill him. “Sal did have some enemies in the past as I recall. So I’m guessing Hadi is no Amish,” Maher said. more here