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Bill Maher: Christians have neurological disorder (Those ignorant Christian nut jobs)
World Net Daily ^ | February 18, 2005 | World Net Daily

Posted on 02/18/2005 2:58:40 AM PST by ViLaLuz

Television personality Bill Maher, host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," says 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."

The former host of "Politically Incorrect" said the lack of enlightenment of so many Americans means the nation actually has more in common with its enemies than one might think.

Said Maher: "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."

Maher explained that he was not singling out evangelicals, but was targeting all "religious" people.

"I think the vote in Missouri [rejecting same-sex marriage] and a lot of other states is because people are religious," Maher said. "They don't have to be evangelical, but they're religious. They believe in religion, which as – I think it was Jesse Ventura who had that quote about religion is a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers."

The television host told Scarborough he was convinced evangelicals' influence will wane.

Said Maher: "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."

Later in the interview, Maher returned to the childhood-religion theme, comparing fairy tales to Bible stories:

"When you were a kid and they were telling you whatever you believe in religion, do you think if they had switched the fairy tales that the read to you in bed with the Bible, you would know the difference?

"Do you think if it was the fairy tale about a man who lived inside of a whale and it was religion that Jack built a beanstalk today, you would know the difference? Why do you believe in one fairy tale and not the other? Just because adults told you it was true and they scared you into believing it, at pain of death, at pain of burning in hell."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: arrogant; attack; billmaher; christian; fool; hateful; ignorant; liberal; maher; religion; unenlightened
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Have you noticed an increase of attacks on Christians in the media lately?
1 posted on 02/18/2005 2:58:40 AM PST by ViLaLuz
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To: ViLaLuz

Like the last 10-20 yrs?


2 posted on 02/18/2005 3:01:34 AM PST by SirLurkedalot (I'm back...with NEW and IMPROVED knuckle-dragging action.)
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To: ViLaLuz

All I have to do is look at Bill Maher's current "woman" problem and I can laugh at his silly rantings.


3 posted on 02/18/2005 3:01:36 AM PST by NRA1995 ("Yew jes' go and lay yore hand on a Pittsburgh Steelers fan & Ah think yer gonna fin'lly understand")
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To: ViLaLuz
"Have you noticed an increase of attacks on Christians in the media lately?"

No, but I've noticed an increase in Bill Maher sightings...and he says the same thing everywhere he goes. Larry King Live, Imus, Scarborough. He's just out promoting his HBO Show. The shame is, his twisted anti-Christian rantings get repeated.

4 posted on 02/18/2005 3:05:20 AM PST by YaYa123 (@Don't Listen, Don't Watch, Don't Let This Bad Man Pollute Your Brain.com)
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To: ViLaLuz

I think Bill Maher has a neurological disorder.


5 posted on 02/18/2005 3:06:03 AM PST by WestVirginiaRebel ("Senator, we can have this discussion in any way that you would like.")
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To: NRA1995

Really, why even bother paying attention a man who hates marriage anyway?


6 posted on 02/18/2005 3:07:24 AM PST by Clock King
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To: ViLaLuz

Yes, much more so since the election. But Bill Maher has always been like that.

Personally I can't stand the man.


7 posted on 02/18/2005 3:11:20 AM PST by GloriaJane ("How Many Babies Are Crying In Heaven Tonight" http://music.download.com/gloriajane)
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To: ViLaLuz

I didn't know Maher was still on the radar. I thought he was working in a carwash or something...


8 posted on 02/18/2005 3:14:25 AM PST by Fintan (Annoying FReepers since 1998...)
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To: ViLaLuz

I try not to take the opinions of entertainers, pundits and journalists too seriously.


9 posted on 02/18/2005 3:14:58 AM PST by WhiteGuy ("a taxpayer dollar must be spent wisely, or not at all" - GW BUSH)
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To: ViLaLuz

He's a stalinist.


10 posted on 02/18/2005 3:15:18 AM PST by gortklattu (Check out Thotline dot com)
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To: Fintan

His Manureness is having a bad maher day.


11 posted on 02/18/2005 3:19:33 AM PST by battlegearboat
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To: ViLaLuz

This is one of the most ignorant statements that I have ever heard. Evidently, according to this foolish Maher, all of the religious people throughout history, i.e., the vast majority, including geniuses such as Aquinas, Newton, and even Bill Clinton (I suspect that Maher considers Clinton brilliant), have a neurological disorder and cannot think.


12 posted on 02/18/2005 3:20:05 AM PST by djpg
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To: ViLaLuz

I'm sure you make your parents proud...


13 posted on 02/18/2005 3:20:43 AM PST by DB (©)
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To: ViLaLuz

The hubris of Rationalism. Hey Maher - haven't you heard reason and logic are tools of the White European Male Oppressor?

(pssst... I've tried the secular way. It doesn't work. Leaves you feeling empty. No matter how full your life is.)


14 posted on 02/18/2005 3:26:08 AM PST by ichabod1 (The Spirit of the Lord Hath Left This Place)
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To: ViLaLuz

Bill Maher the Crap on the Crapper. Who is Bill Maher? Who Cares? HBO must allow so many liberal jerks on per year. Something in their contract with Cableing probably. This jerk isn't funny, they use that "Tapped Laughter" for his so called jokes. Why waste your time!!


15 posted on 02/18/2005 3:26:45 AM PST by 26lemoncharlie (Sit nomen Dómini benedíctum,Ex hoc nunc, et usque in sæculum! per ómnia saecula saeculórum)
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To: ViLaLuz

Bill Maher - (sigh) as Judge Judy says, beauty fades; dumb is forever.




(Maher was NEVER a beauty!!)


16 posted on 02/18/2005 3:27:36 AM PST by DustyMoment (Repeal CFR NOW!!)
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To: ViLaLuz

Anybody whose argument against an opposing belief is that they have a "neurological disorder" cannot lay claim to any logic whatsoever.
The statement that religion is a crutch is a lame argument by those who are put on the defensive by religion.
Bill Maher thinks he's terribly clever, but his comments are shallow and his arguments false.


17 posted on 02/18/2005 3:29:34 AM PST by visualops
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To: ViLaLuz

Better watch out Maher, Hillary's starting to get religeon. Faking in that direction anyway. She may decide she needs a scalp under her belt. Than again,,,,,


18 posted on 02/18/2005 3:31:07 AM PST by Waco
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To: ViLaLuz
Maher will burn in Hell. And I hope I get to watch.
19 posted on 02/18/2005 3:31:59 AM PST by BigCinBigD
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To: NRA1995

Bill Maher with his girlfriend, Nancy Johnson (aka Coco Johnsen) former Playboy bunny (in yellow) and Traci Bingham.

Bill Maher Hit With Palimony Suit

20 posted on 02/18/2005 3:34:12 AM PST by kcvl
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To: ViLaLuz

Karl Marx said it much better with "Religion ...is the Opium of the people". An honest Marxist would at least attribute the source of his argument. Bill Maher, intellectual Giant./s


21 posted on 02/18/2005 3:34:26 AM PST by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: YaYa123
No, but I've noticed an increase in Bill Maher sightings . . . He's just out promoting his HBO

Bingo!  That time of year again.

I've tried several times to watch his HBO show. After a very few minutes I switch channels.  How he cons any reputable guest to appear in that mess is a bewildering curiosity.

Watching Maher leaves me with this once familiar feeling, like he's the wiseass guy from High School I always wanted to punch out, but never did.  And now, I'm too old and civilized.

22 posted on 02/18/2005 3:38:13 AM PST by Racehorse
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November 5, 2001

Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect Girlfriend

It would appear that Bill Maher's girlfriends can be as pushy and annoying in person as Maher is on the air. A source told us that a woman who identified herself as the talk-show host's girlfriend called the Acqua Beauty Bar on East 14th Street a few weeks ago and asked to use a gift certificate that had been made out to him after he appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? After the reservationist explained that all prizes are non-transferable, she threatened that Maher "would say very bad things about the salon" if they refused her. When asked if she was a family member, she shot back, "Well, I'm sleeping with him, is that okay?" The staff member relented and set up the young lady's appointment. During her massage and facial, the source said that the woman was very rude and demanding, and kept asking staff members if they realized who they were dealing with. Afterward she seemed about to walk off without tipping: "But when her aesthetician made eye contact with her at the counter as she was leaving, she finally dumped out ten dollars."


23 posted on 02/18/2005 3:39:17 AM PST by kcvl
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To: BigCinBigD
it's something that was drilled into your head when you were a small child. It certainly was drilled into mine at that age.

But then it fell out of the other holes in his head.

24 posted on 02/18/2005 3:42:50 AM PST by patj
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To: ViLaLuz

He has been pass by and is irrelevant.


25 posted on 02/18/2005 3:49:07 AM PST by Jonx6
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To: ViLaLuz

Bill Mahar cannot stand not being noticed. he wil do and say the most orageous things rathe rthan slumo into total obvilion. This is his way of trying to get attention.

He probabvly pulled the same stuff when IMUS and Charles McCord used to babysit him (so they say).

He just never grew up. Childish then childish now.

This is just another "see me, hear me" moment for him.

Hey Bill what's the going rate for babysitting you now???


26 posted on 02/18/2005 3:51:59 AM PST by rod1 (uired 4 more hours).)
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To: ViLaLuz
You know the thing about Maher is...

He was a second-rate act his whole career (still is) But when he started P.I. and spent every show goofing on conservatives all of a sudden he's f***ing Voltaire appearing on King, Imus and on and on.

I never thought he would stay on tv this long

27 posted on 02/18/2005 3:53:20 AM PST by Rise of South Park Republicans (The Founding Fathers wanted disagreements as long as we all agree America kicks as* - Eric Cartman)
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To: ViLaLuz

Well, if he's correct in his analysis, he'll have to include leftism in his notion of what constitutes a religion. It's an emotive-based worldview that blinds people to reality and causes them to engage in excesses based on faith in an abstraction whose validity has been thoroughly discredited, over the corpses of about a hundred million innocent victims.


28 posted on 02/18/2005 3:54:15 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: kcvl

Sure that ain't RuPaul?


29 posted on 02/18/2005 3:54:55 AM PST by Monti Cello (We've got to move these refrigerators. We've got to move these color TVs.)
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To: ViLaLuz

Said Maher: Look at me! Look at me! Look guys! See what I'm saying?? I'm over here, look at me!


30 posted on 02/18/2005 4:07:47 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: ViLaLuz

Not a religious person myself, I have noticed that western morality is all too often denegrated. I have noticed that fundamentalist Christians are NOT usually found flying jumbo jets on suicide missions into the icons of Islam. But that can't be said about the Islamic fundamentalist.

Maybe Bill Maher needs to focus on WHICH fundamentalist religious group are the evil, destructive ones, and which ones are beneficial to maintaining the nations good moral fiber.


31 posted on 02/18/2005 4:09:58 AM PST by Vaquero
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To: ichabod1
(pssst... I've tried the secular way. It doesn't work. Leaves you feeling empty. No matter how full your life is.)

Boy, isn't that the truth?

32 posted on 02/18/2005 4:13:42 AM PST by Ladysmith (Wisconsin Hunter Shootings: If you want on/off the WI Hunters ping list, please let me know.)
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To: ViLaLuz
European nations and Canada and nations that, yes, I would consider more enlightened than us."

These "enlightened" nations have negative birth rates. They are dying. That bodes ill for the resurgence of atheism, in real terms. To the extent there is any growth at all in these nations it is due to immigration, predominately Muslim. If Maher believes Christianity is threat to his comfort and well-being, he should spend a week living under the "beneficent" rule of Dar al-Islam.

As for Christianity, Maher prattles on in profound ignorance of history and in defiance of its lessons. Like the ancient Roman authorities before them, Soviet authorities used every weapon at their command to eradicate the troublesome cult of "superstitious" Christians. The end was the same in each instance, they were broken by the stone they sought to crush.

33 posted on 02/18/2005 4:14:11 AM PST by JCEccles
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
Perhaps someone should remind Mr.Mahler that opinions are
like as*holes... everyone has one
34 posted on 02/18/2005 4:14:21 AM PST by dearolddad
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To: ViLaLuz
Have you noticed an increase of attacks on Christians in the media lately?

Yes, we have!!

God never meant for Christians to be door mats but that is what is happening when we carry the 'turning the other cheek' too far by not standing up for our beliefs.

35 posted on 02/18/2005 4:14:33 AM PST by Dustbunny (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist)
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To: Vaquero

I'd be interested in seeing his list of "more enlightened" nations.


36 posted on 02/18/2005 4:17:01 AM PST by get'emall (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: Monti Cello

Ru Paul is better looking.


37 posted on 02/18/2005 4:31:35 AM PST by G.Love (Senate majority - use it or lose it.)
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To: ViLaLuz
Said Maher: "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...

On the one hand, Maher advocates science and rationality, but says that America has been taken over by people like evangelicals without any rational examination or scientific basis for that statement.

Evangelicals have most certainly not taken over America. Even of religious people, those who Maher would consider "Evangelical" Christians are the minority. Sure they have a political voice, just as any other group has a political voice, but they have not "taken over".

To say they Evangelical have taken over is an irrational and unscientific statement without basis in fact. It is an emotional statement that requires that the speaker accept the premise on faith without any evidence whatsoever.

Pot, meet kettle...

38 posted on 02/18/2005 4:46:30 AM PST by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: ViLaLuz

Why does this guy still have a job? Shouldn't he be working kids' parties and bar mitzvahs as Schmozl the Clown?


40 posted on 02/18/2005 4:51:36 AM PST by IronJack
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To: ViLaLuz; Blurblogger; jwalsh07

Next time, Maher oughta take his head out of his butt before he speaks.........maybe he'll make more sense.


41 posted on 02/18/2005 4:51:50 AM PST by Liz (Wise men are instructed by reason; lesser men, by experience; the ignorant, by necessity. Cicero)
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To: ViLaLuz

42 posted on 02/18/2005 4:53:08 AM PST by geedee (American by birth. Texan by choice and attitude. Conservative by God. Disabled by hubris.)
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To: Vaquero

I think his real issue with Christians in particular is morality. He lives a certain way that is contrary to Christian living and it bothers his conscience.


43 posted on 02/18/2005 4:54:04 AM PST by bethelgrad (for God, country, the Marine Corps, and now the Navy Chaplain Corps OOH RAH!)
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To: ViLaLuz
"I think the vote in Missouri [rejecting same-sex marriage] and a lot of other states is because people are religious," Maher said

True, Bill, but science has just as much of a problem with the health hazards of anal sex as any ancient religious text.
44 posted on 02/18/2005 5:00:04 AM PST by farmer18th
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

What you said...
Bump!


45 posted on 02/18/2005 5:00:12 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Grateful Heart Tour 2005)
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To: ViLaLuz

Bill's mind is severely Mahered.


46 posted on 02/18/2005 5:00:33 AM PST by savedbygrace ("No Monday morning quarterback has never led a team to victory" GW Bush)
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To: ViLaLuz

Maher is truly a drooling idiot. His atheism is worn as a badge of so-called "enlightenment".

Sad that ANYONE listens to this damned fool.


47 posted on 02/18/2005 5:05:50 AM PST by RightOnline
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To: ViLaLuz
"I think the vote in Missouri [rejecting same-sex marriage] and a lot of other states is because people are religious,"

So? People vote issues based on many,many different thoughts. Because some MAY have voted along religious lines, does that make their vote any less valid?

48 posted on 02/18/2005 5:17:50 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it.)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
Bill has a spiritual problem. One can only hope that he will come to see the fallacies of his beliefs before he burns in Hell.
50 posted on 02/18/2005 5:31:53 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ('We voted like we prayed")
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