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Trade minister Chrystia Freeland, comedian Bill Maher debate refugees

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The host of HBO’s ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ mocked Donald Trump for his anti-refugee rhetoric—only to later criticize the beliefs of Syrian refugees trying to enter America

"He's kind of walking this back, but he was talking about this yesterday-setting up different places across the country for every Muslim to register so they can be tracked".

Comedian and commentator Bill Maher started the segment off with the statistic that 56 per cent of Americans believe the Syrian refugees have values that are at odds with their values.

Sen. Angus King, ME independent, said that he agreed that the USA needs to stand up for American values and not tolerate behavior that is not normally accepted in Western culture, but said the Islamic State wants "to get us to clamp down on all Muslims regardless of who they are where they are and push them into the ISIS camp". "This is what liberals do not want to recognize", Maher stated.

"If you're in this religion, you probably do have values that are at odds", Maher said.

If that weren't enough, Maher quotes UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who said, "The root cause of the threat we face is the extremist ideology itself".

Maher took a scolding from one guest, Canadian Minister of global Trade and MP Chrystia Freeland, who said it was "very, very wrong to demonize a religion".

As someone with the credentials of always keeping it real about Islam, let me say #Trump's idea about registering Muslims is outrageous.

When he was accused of "demonizing", Maher delivered a fiery rebuttal: "I'm not demonizing, I'm just reporting!" he said.

When Freeland emphasized that you don't change extreme Muslim perspectives by broadly painting their ideas as bad, Maher retorted that he was standing up for moderate Muslims, and that "killing women for being raped, I would say is bad". "You are making it a demonization", Maher replied. "I'm not demonizing", he said.

Freeland challenged Maher when he went on to say that it's nonsense to suggest that all religions are alike and share values.

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