August 21, 2008

Bill Maher says his ultimate message is ignorance……

Evidently comedian Bill Maher is proclaiming himself the standard bearer and evangelist for ignorance. Maher appeared on the August 19 Larry King Live show to promote his new movie, Religulous, due out in October. In a stunning display of absurdity Maher stated his “ultimate message,”

“And, you know, that is my ultimate message. Unless a god told you personally what happens when you die, it all came from another person with no more mental powers than you have, and you don't know. So just man up and say, ‘I don't know.’”

For Maher to proudly advance a message of ignorance while being notorious for calling religious people stupid is breathtakingly irrational and leads me to wonder if he thinks at all before he speaks. Furthermore, it seems to me that an agnostic should be more of a spectator than an evangelist, but I digress.

Amidst his crusade of advancing ignorance, Maher has come to this conclusion:

“if the universe begins at a certain point, what was before the universe? Nothing…..we can't contemplate that, because nothing is something. See, there may be answers. I'm not saying that there isn't something out there. I'm not strictly an atheist. An atheist is certain there's no god.” (emphasis added)

This is rich. An evangelistic agnostic says, “nothing is something.” Wouldn’t the implication of this convoluted idea be that something is nothing? Again I digress! I’ll get back on point now. Seriously, with statements like this it is hard to believe that Maher has given any serious thought to the issues he so routinely and viciously attacks. If Maher is the left’s agent for intellectually assaulting Christianity then Christianity is clearly not in any danger.

Maher further displayed absurdity with this one,

“It's just the ultimate hustle. It's just ‘pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.’ You know, why can't they, I always ask -- I asked Jesus at Holy Land, ‘Why can't God just defeat the devil and get rid of evil?’ You know, and it's the same reason the comic-book character can't get rid of his nemesis. Then there's no story. If God gets rid of the devil -- and he could, he's all powerful -- well, then there's no fear. There's no reason to come to church. There's no reason to pass the plate. We're all out of a job. You know, it's got to go on.”

If he thinks religion is a “hustle” why is he on Larry King Live promoting his movie about religion? If it weren’t for religion Maher would be out of a very lucrative job. So who’s really hustling who?

Maher went on to make this statement that I was glad to see,

“I was impressed with how hard it is to make a movie, and it altered my thinking about ever wanting to make another one.”

Hopefully, Maher will forever remain true to his altered thinking.

If you would like to see the interview or read the transcript:

CNN Video

CNN Transcript


unibelys said...

He is well qualified. He is the Apostle of Ignorance and Intolerance

Preston Condra said...

The interesting thing is, I think Maher is ignorant of the fact that he is promoting ignorance.

Anonymous said...

Thursday, August 21, 2008.
Larry King: Bill Maher On His Movie Religulous
First of all, I am not clear as to what you are trying to argue, and it is this un-substantive frivolous baseless chatter like these that tick me off when Christians just attack for that sake of attacking. Everyone including democrats and the liberal left know Bill is a nut, and that he just talks because he gets paid for talking and saying things for the sake of getting people to laugh. Hence his chatter is to be taken with a grain of salt but. But my reason for not getting the point of your article is that you did not address his concerns with some specific theological substantive argument. He was asked to address the belief in a higher authority by the political candidates. He attempts to answer by saying something critical of Rick Warren, which you failed to address.
So let me say secondly that I do not think you should have used valuable time to write this article as it is not intellectually stimulating and it did not answered anything. You should have used the time to educate your readers, tell me that yes we can have certainty about God and his authority and we do know what happens to the soul in the afterlife based squarely on the Word of God not Rick Warren. Answer him by saying Rick is not the authority on question of certainty but God is.
Say the church does not exist to collect money but to be the hand of God in a dying world. Tell him that evil is pervasive and it is not embodied in the person of the devil but it lurks in all human beings and that is why the church exist to be the voice of God preaching a message of Hope and healing. Tell him about the message of forgiveness and redemption from this present evil age.

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