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Bill Maher on Larry King Live

Bill Maher reasserts his right to think religion is harmful and say so.




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yeah the whole interview was pretty funny.

exactly. reminds me of:

let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Some of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, then you will go to hell. Since there are more than one of these religions and people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all people and souls go to hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in hell to increase exponentially.

http://www.pinetree.net/humor/thermodynamics.html

"This is what I believe." Yeah, you believe it, and I'm going to say why it's dumb.

I laughed out loud.

I sure agree with Bill, the required polite response to idiots that continue to push their belief in their chosen invisible friend wears thin, with (no pun intended) no end in sight. As for the threats from the holier than thou, what ever happened to turning the other cheek? And that's not a reference to priests dealing with altar boys.

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nice! excellent, glad to see more people saying this. i've always felt religion is a freakish tumor on the buttocks of humanity. but it seems to make my grandma happy. i'm for anything that makes her happy. but she doesn't hate people, or wish them ill, the way religious nutters do. she's all about "love thy neighbor" and like that. as for the catholic church, here's the deal:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VABSoHYQr6k

If all the rivers dry up or all the trees are cut down we'd die. But if all the religions ended tomorrow we'd continue to live on. The world can do without religion.

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I applaud Bill Maher to making a personal choice to abandon his family's tradition of the Catholic Church. Further, his saying, "I think all religions are koo-koo" is a completely fine way to posit his opinion as well. But when he goes on his bender about, "I'm not a bigot just because I wish for the demise of an organization that is entirely destructive to the human race" ..."I also wish for the demise of Hamas and the KKK" a linkage so dumbly scattershot , it's the very definition definition of being obstinately intolerant!

Sure, I can go all the way with respecting his opinions but wishing for the DEMISE of all these groups rounded up is like fantasizing about genocide, because that's what it would take to make his "dream" come true.

I guess I wish for the demise of Scientology, but only metastasized hatred and a real paranoid agenda would make me even consider linking it equally to every religion in the world.

Religion in many parts of the world religion IS the culture. So, by extension, Maher is exhibiting bigotry towards them as well. How does that directive not run headlong into progressive's championing non-judgment of other races and cultures, however primitive they appear to the Western eye?

Maybe the word "bigotry" needs a P.R. campaign facelift which is so often born from political think-police think-tanks, and Maher can come out of the closet as a proud card-carrying bigot instead of this embarrassing display of public denial. Then he can turn to Larry King and say how much we wishes completely subdue the Jewish religion.

hmm. FritzHeadSaid, ya got me thinkin. personally, i do think it's fair game to say all religion is stupid. but religion wont go away soon, because not everyone can handle a reality based belief system.

our uncertainty of what happens when a person dies is the main reason religion exists. all religions claim to know what happens when we die, and in this way, all religions are equally full of shit. not one living human knows what happens to the soul when we die. do we vanish into nothingness, full stop? do we transform into another phase of consciousness? we do not know, and all humans are united in this not knowing.

religions play on this uncertainty to control people, by telling them do this and don't do that, because you'll burn in hell or go to heaven or whatever - all 100% steaming piles of bullshit.

the worst part is that when people buy into that nonsense, they abdicate their own personal moral responsibility. it is a profound and devastating cop out, to go to confession, for example, and be "absolved" of sins. that is an enabler for the worst behaviors that humans are capable of. it's sick beyond words.

so yeah, i think it's fair game to say that religion is a bad thing that causes harm. which is not to say that i think all religious people are bad. not at all. but i do think religion hurts them all, and hurts society, in very significant ways.

Aside from what the definition may include, I don't like including religion among the things one can be a bigot against.

Unlike race, sexual orientation, or gender, religion is a choice. It's an opinion. People may claim that it is "part of who they are" but it isn't, at least not like these other things that are at least part of your genetic code.

At least, until someone will finds part of a genome map that resembles Jesus or the Virgin Mary, but of course only when viewed under incandescent light.

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