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BILL MAHER FALLS IN LINE WITH THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT
October 17 2011
Los Angeles, CA – There has never been a time, arguably, when religion has been as controversial as it is today. With zealots on all sides and many simply abandoning faith as a whole, the issue has become whether or not religion is right, not which religion is right, something that has never been seen in the long history of human culture.
Like all belief systems, we have high profile names espousing their belief system, promoting their particular sect and trying to bring other people into the fold. For most religions, though, the biggest names in their faith are true zealots and bad guys, marginalized persons at the best of times. Few respectable people step forward as spokespersons for their religion, leaving people opposed to religion a great opportunity.
One of the biggest names in that area has been comedian and talk show host Bill Maher who has been a high-profile advocate of atheism and agnosticism for more than a decade. However, it appears that even as focussed and dedicated as he has been in advocating his own belief system, even Maher has started to open up and accept other beliefs, including, it appears, the teaching of the Religious Right in the U.S. after he fully agreed with a noted Baptist preacher.
“Mormonism has never been a part of historical Christianity. It’s never been considered by that…They have their own set of doctrines, they have their own book of revelation, they came 1800 years after the church. I think Mormons are good, moral people but they’re not part of Christianity,” said Robert Jeffress on Maher’s show, ‘Real Time’, which Maher not only applauded but actually offered the preacher a high five.
A high five in the Baptist faith means that both participants are closer to the Lord.
Jeffress had earlier called Mormonism a cult.
“I think, unfortunately, this is going to upset a lot of loyalists to Maher and his system of belief. I would never have guessed, as passionate as he has been and as old as he is, that Maher would even have considered the beliefs of another group as legitimate, never mind rewarded with a high-five. It was fairly apparent that he was very much a zealot, but I guess even zealots can evolve,” said Scrape TV Religion analyst Bertram
Gas. “It will be interesting to see where this goes. I mean I doubt that we will see a complete turnaround. Maher’s whole persona is based on his intolerance of other people’s opinions and so taking on the belief and faith of millions, well that would complicate ratings. Unless there is a new ‘D.C. Cab’ movie in development that I don’t know about, Maher needs those ratings. Hopefully this doesn’t cause him to lose too many viewers, but I think if he goes full Baptist he will lose a good chunk."
Maher’s big break was in the cult 1983 movie ‘D.C. Cab’. No sequel is in the works.
“It’s quite shift and hopefully it rewards Maher, both here on Earth and in the afterlife,” continued Gas. “It won’t be an easy path, it never is, but it is always worth it in the long run.”
Maher has not yet picked a candidate for next year’s election. Jeffress supports Rick Perry.
William Ashford, Business Correspondent