Bill Maher accused Obama of sounding like the National Rifle Association when discussing Islamic extremism in that he put the onus on people rather than religion, much like the NRA faults people rather than guns.
Maher’s comments were made during Friday night’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” which featured a discussion on Obama’s counterterrorism summit.
“Obama, some of the things he said were ‘No religion is responsible for terrorism. People are responsible for violence and terrorism,’” Maher said. “That sounds a lot like the NRA slogan, by the way.”
“Yeah, guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” guest Rob Reiner agreed.
“This idea that we cannot even call it ‘Islamic terrorism’ seems Orwellian,” Maher continued. “Can’t we at least say that there are a number of factors that are involved and the religion is certainly one of them?”
Maher also took issue with Obama’s comments that poverty and education are responsible for terrorism.
“It is poverty and education also,” Maher said, “but why are they impoverished and uneducated? It’s mostly because of the religion.”
Watch the video below, courtesy of HBO: