The Gollum of cable television, Bill Maher, recently smeared the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict.
Quoth Mr. Maher:
“I’d like to tip off law enforcement to an even larger child-abusing religious cult,” Maher told his audience. “Its leader also has a compound, and this guy not only operates outside the bounds of the law, but he used to be a Nazi and he wears funny hats. That’s right, the Pope is coming to America this week and, ladies, he’s single.”
Catholic League President Bill Donohue responded that Maher “lied when he said the Pope ‘used to be a Nazi.’ Like all young men in Germany at the time, he was conscripted into a German Youth organization (from which he fled as soon as he could). Every responsible Jewish leader has acknowledged this reality and has never sought to brand the Pope a Nazi. That job falls to Maher.”
Maher, a political liberal, has often been a magnet for controversy, making audacious statements targeting religion in general and ridiculing Christians especially. His mother was Jewish but he says that he “was raised Catholic.”
On May 24, 2002, Maher told CNN’s Larry King Live: “I never even knew I was half-Jewish until I was a teen-ager. I was just so frightened about the Catholics and everything that was going on there in the church — and I was never, you know, molested or anything. And I’m a little insulted. I guess they never found me attractive. And that’s really their loss.”
Last year, Maher made news after strongly implying on his HBO show that the world would be a better place if Vice President Dick Cheney had been assassinated. “I have zero doubt that if Dick Cheney was not in power, people wouldn’t be dying needlessly tomorrow,” Maher said on March 5. “I’m just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live. That’s a fact.”
On his May 18, 2007 edition of “Real time with Bill Maher,” the host compared communion to homosexual oral sodomy and called for turning homosexuality into a religion.
“Gay men, don’t say you’re life-partners, say you’re a nunnery of two,” said Maher. “We weren’t having sex officer, I was performing a very private Mass, here in my car. I was letting my rod and my staff comfort him. Take this and eat of it, for this is my roommate, Barry. …
“And for all those who truly believe there is a special place for you in Kevin. And speaking of Heaven, one can only hope that as Jerry Falwell now approaches the Pearly Gates, he is met there by God Himself, wearing a Fire Island muscle shirt, and nut-hugger shorts, and saying to Jerry in a mighty lisp, ‘I’m not talking to you.’”
Maher frequently has well-known celebrities, politicians, and journalists on his program.
Mary Ann Kreitzer, president of the Catholic Media Coalition, an umbrella group of Catholic organizations, called the comments, “a horrifying anti-Catholic diatribe.”
When your comedy sucks so bad that you must resort to smearing an institution that has been instrumental in the development of Western civilization and has withstood centuries of history and turbulence, you have failed as a comedian. But this is not uncommon for liberals like Maher. The Catholic Church is the perfect target for individuals who resent any limitations on their words and actions like killing unborn babies in the womb, pre-marital sex, pornography, birth control, and sleeping in on Sunday morning.
Yes, an oppressive institution, this Catholic Church. No wonder Maher is salivating venom when he speaks.
Fortunately, Maher did not attack Islam or the Prophet Muhammed (who really was molesting nine year old girls) because that would be offensive.
~ Sisyphus, cross-posted at The Sisyphus Files.