Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bill Maher: How UnChristian Some Christians Are


Maher being Maher.
BILL MAHER has a knack for saying only the brilliant and striking points about religion. And yes, he's a comedian and political satirist. Maher is a staunch supporter of the legalization of marijuana and same sex-marriage. He also serves as board member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA.  
I had a Bill Maher-like university professor of Sociology of Religion (who was also my thesis adviser) during my intellectually tumultuous university days. This professor always relied on shock value and somehow in-your-face provocative approach that always made me laugh inside. Not that the class was barred from laughing but it was just that I think I was the only one who felt it was utterly comical and outrageous.
Back to Maher, last May 13 he wrote a scathing but spot-on piece on his blog criticizing Christians and their unbecoming acts. Here's a snippet:

Not to put too fine a point on it, but non-violence was kind 
of Jesus’ trademark. Kind of his big thing. 
To not follow that part of it is like joining Greenpeace 
and hating whales. I mean there’s interpreting 
and then there’s just ignoring. It’s just ignoring 
if you’re for torture. As are more evangelical 
Christians than any other religion.” READ MORE

This guy also serves as advisory board member of Project Reason, a not-for profit organization devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society.

NOTE: Make Google useful if you don't know the man or catch his show on HBO, "Real Time with Bill Maher."

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