February 21, 2005
Bill Maher, host of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, says that all Christians are crazy and are unenlightened because of their faith. Maher made the comments on MSNBC’s Scarborough Country.
Maher said: “We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion…I think that religion stops people from thinking. I think it justifies crazies. I think that flying planes in a building was a faith-based initiative. I think religion is a neurological disorder. If you look at it logically, it’s something that was drilled into your head when you were a small child.”
“When you look at belief in such things–as do you go to heaven, is there a devil–we have more in common with (Muslin countries) Turkey and Iran and Syria than we do with European nations and Canada and nations that, yes, I would consider more enlightened that us.”
Maher said he wasn’t speaking only of evangelicals, but included all religious people. He said he agreed with Jesse Ventura “who had that quote about religion is a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers.”
Because of their neurological disorder, he said Christians “do not believe in science and rationality.” He went on to say the future does not belong to religion. One recalls the famous quote from the Beatles in the 60’s that they “were more popular than Jesus.”
According to Maher, the Bible is a book of fairy tales, calling the account of Jonah a fairy tale the same as Jack in the Beanstalk.
Had Maher said such things about homosexuals, he would have been immediately fired. But because he was speaking of Christians, his bigotry was acceptable to HBO, owned by Time Warner Inc.