Bill Maher is an idiot.
There, that feels good. I wanted to see what it felt like to say exactly what’s on my mind, with no sense of social grace.
Now, on to the story. Maher, the former host of “Politically Incorrect,” said on MSNBC in late February that Christians and others who are religious suffer from a neurological disorder that “stops people from thinking.”
“We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion. I do believe that. I think that religion stops people from thinking. I think it justifies crazies. I think flying planes into 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. It certainly was drilled into mine at that age. And you really can’t be responsible when you are a kid for what adults put into your head.”
More Maher quotes:
“When you look at beliefs in such things as, do you go to heaven, is there a devil, we have more in common with Turkey and Iran and Syria than we do with European nations and Canada and nations that, yes, I would consider more enlightened than us.”
“When people say to me, ‘You hate America,’ I don’t hate America. I love America. I am just embarrassed that it has been taken over by people like evangelicals, by people who do not believe in science and rationality. It is the 21st century. And I will tell you, my friend. The future does not belong to the evangelicals. The future does not belong to religion.”
That’s all outrageous and melodramatic, Mr. Maher. You can make fun of people and deride beliefs different than your own. Very funny.
But can we talk about that future thing? I don’t believe you’ve made the right Wager.