Bill Maher had a great segment last night on the so-called #WarOnChristians being waged by Democrats and the mainstream media.
Maher began with a New Rule: “Conservatives who constantly whine that Christianity is under attack from liberals have to explain why there are over 300,000 churches in the U.S. but only 400 Whole Foods,” adding “clearly your side is winning.”
Now I understand it, Christians love to feel persecuted. It’s part of their origin story, but we’re a long way from them being eaten by lions in the Colosseum. 70% of the country is Christian, not to mention every president we’ve ever had.
He then went through a laundry-list of allegations from leading Republicans and conservative pundits, asking “in what universe to the following statements make sense?” –
“We are moving rapidly towards the criminalization of Christianity.” ~Mike Huckabee
“There’s no room for Christians in today’s Democratic Party.” ~Ted Cruz
Maher responded “What? 80% of Democrats in Congress are Christian and 78% of Democratic governors. You can look this shit up, you know!”
There was another Ted Cruz quote, “There is a liberal fascism that is going after Christian believers,” followed by some other quotes from conservatives:
There was a quote by Bill O’Reilly: “If you’re a Christian or a white man in the USA, it’s open season on you,” to which Maher responded: “Yes, that explains all those recent videos of police shooting unarmed white clergymen.”
Maher noted that “Rick Santorum says the treatment of Christians in America is so bad, we should keep in mind Nazi Germany ‘…where you go from Christians — Jews, obviously, but also Christians — being not just persecuted, but put to death.'”
Maher retorted, “again, 70% of America is Christian; who’s going to put them to death? The Hindus?”
This idea that everybody on the left is plotting against Christianity and wants to wipe out religion is offensive — to ME, because I’m the only media figure with a show who week in and week out that says that and I’ll be damned if the credit goes to the entire left when I’m doing all the heavy lifting.
Maher listed off a few more quotes from conservatives before making a credible case that there is — in fact — no #WarOnChritians in America.
“How strange, in our own time, to hear Christianity spoken of as some sort of backward and oppressive force.” ~Jeb Bush
Who else is talking about it that way? Is it Nancy Pelosi? No. Harry Reid? No. Obama? Phht, he says he wakes up to Scripture on his Blackberry. Obama does every show on TV except this one because he can’t even be seen with an atheist. I gave him a million dollars, he treats me like I lent him a million dollars. So who? Who are we talking about? Hillary? No? Bill? Biden? Al Gore? Al Franken? Elizabeth Warren? Jesse Jackson? Who?
Nobody. That’s who.
Maher then seques into the final portion of his segment, beginning by noting that Sean Hannity says “The liberal media’s war on religion is alive and well.”
Okay, so it’s more of a media thing like my friend Arianna from the liberal Huffington Post, because she’s written three books about faith. ….
Is it the liberal gang at MSNBC, because I’ve never heard any of them say anything anti-religion. One of them [Al Sharpton] is a reverend. One of them [Chris Matthews] attacks me when I attack religion.
Is it the late night guys because I never hear any of them do it either. Is it Ellen, or Rosie or Chelsea? We know it’s not Oprah. Michael Moore — he’s the liberal Republicans hate — he must — nope, he’s a Catholic. This guy [Colbert] is so Catholic he teaches Sunday School…
Maher concludes asking “I really want to know. Where is religion being belittled in the liberal world?”
The New York Time editorial page? No. The Times Op-Ed page? No. Any newspaper’s any page? No. Newsweek and Time? They put Jesus on the cover more than Cat Fancy puts a cat.
Are we talking about athletes? If they so much as fart on the field they point to the sky and give God credit. Football players have prayer circles after the game and only half of them have the excuse of brain damage.
Maybe they mean counter-culture types like devilish musicians. Really? Have you ever watched an awards show? Every speech is “I want to thank Jesus without whom I never would have written ‘Face Down, Ass Up.'”
You can watch the segment below, from Bill Maher’s Official Facebook page.