Glenn Beck on Monday explained why viewers won't be seeing him on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher" anytime soon, though he has been trying to initiate a dialogue with the show's host for months.
"I don't want to go on his show, because I know he's just doing a show," Beck said on his radio program. "I've done it before, Bill. I know how it works. I'm not interested in doing a show. I'm trying to find ways where we can actually fix things."
Beck has repeatedly praised Maher for being one of the only voices speaking out against political correctness when discussing Islam in the mainstream media. Beck says that while they don't agree on many issues, it is time Americans find ways to come together.
"But if people are just looking to stir the pot and to win and to be right, we're never going to solve anything," Beck remarked.
Maher has said Beck has a standing invitation to appear on his show, and he will appear on Beck's in return. But Beck is skeptical about Maher's intentions, seeing as just days ago Maher mocked Beck for being Mormon and claimed Beck believes we should "conquer the Middle East and convert them to Christianity."
Beck said it's interesting that Maher continuously comments on his supposed point of view, without knowing what his point of view really is.
Beck wrote a message on his Facebook page Sunday night about the subject:
I hold up [Maher's] right to believe what he does, as I do the right of all Muslims. UNLESS IT INVOLVES KILLING PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE WITH YOU. I have been holding up people like Zuhdi Jasser for many years now. He is Muslim and a Martin Luther style reformer. I support him without any idea of “baptizing him.”
Penn Jillette and I have been down this road years ago. He really disliked people of faith. He doesn’t now. He still doesn’t believe in God, but he doesn’t feel he needs to call others stupid...
I think it is time we stop playing this game of my way or the highway. Or, “I love you in hopes I can get a leg up and make you see the light of my answer so then I can ‘win’.”
There is no winning in this game. We can move the world forward, but never in name calling and belittling others. It was played in the beginning and will be played until the end.
Beck asked why Americans can't stop "calling each other names," admitting that some may find the question "hard to swallow" coming from him.
"Everyone needs to start somewhere. I am trying to change my ways and be a better man," he wrote. "It begins with listening to others and not claiming to have all of the answers. It begins with humility and a willingness to admit to being wrong."
This is why I won’t accept an invite on his show. I want an actual discussion. One based in respect. One that I think can actually help reknit the fabric of our country and world.
I think Bill wants to discuss things, but he also wants to “win” and he really wants a good show.
I don’t blame him. I used to live somewhat in that world. Then I woke up. Times have changed. We need to be better men than most of us have allowed ourselves to become.
I apologize to Bill for putting those words into his mouth or heart. I do not know him and it is unfair of me to project my feelings on him, especially in the same piece where I am asking him to stop making statements on what I believe when he clearly does not know what I believe.
I pray that he and others will see the sincere desire in my heart to move forward in a spirit of peace and reconciliation. Our way of life depends on it and our children will ask us why we didn’t come together sooner when we all knew what was at stake.
More from the segment, below.
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