Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Bill Maher is the left's Ann Coulter

You could say this was just humor - but when is saying nasty things about someone humor? Via Cybercast News Service:

(CNSNews.com) - Comments by HBO's Bill Maher insulting the Pope and calling Catholicism a "cult" that promotes "organized pedophilia" have stirred resentment among many American Catholics upset he would say this the week before Pope Benedict XVI visits the United States.

The comments were made on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" on Friday, April 11. Maher went into a long monologue on his program comparing the Catholic church to a polygamous cult -- the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints -- which was raided on April 3 and whose founder, Warren Jeffs, was convicted last year for being an accessory to the rape of a teenage girl.


The Catholic Church has a serious problem, but accusing the Church as a whole of actively promoting (as opposed to covering up, or stucturally contributing to) this problem is unreasonable. There are plenty of Catholics who sometimes vote Democratic - and are repelled by the Maher wing of the party. Just as Republicans who seriously hope for success in Iraq should be repulsed by Ann Coulters suggestion that Muslims should be killed or converted by force, so should Democrats who really believe we are the party of inclusiveness reject Maher.

3 comments:

Distributorcap said...

this is one reason i stopped watching Maher -- i like him but he crosses the line way too often.......

and he does become the ann coulter of the left...

great points

it really is not fair to indict the entire catholic church -- they are innundated with problems and issues - but like you said, there are a lot of good catholics who try to make life better for us all.

however i will say there are not that many good republicans in congress...

Jonathan Versen said...

I don't know how much of a liberal Maher is-- my recollection is not fresh, but I dimly recall him making some pretty reactionary statements around the time of the summer 2006 Israeli war with Hezbollah. He doesn't seem to have a really consistent ideological position so much as a set of attitudes.

So I wouldn't disown him so much as never own him in the first place.

A Progressive Girl said...

extremism on the left or right is one thing the world could do with a lot less of right now. It isn't that hard to be a reasonable person who can allow another their own mind if you can manage to not fall for the hook..the myth that we should be scared to death of people who are different than our self.

Peace y'all