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Maher on Falwell: ‘Death Isn’t Always Sad’

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Posted on May 20, 2007
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Bill Maher celebrates the passing of an intolerant icon: “Now I know you’re not supposed to speak ill of the dead, but I think we can make an exception, because speaking ill of the dead was kind of Jerry Falwell’s hobby.”

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By kcdrew, June 10, 2007 at 11:20 am Link to this comment

It still surprises me when people can be amused by Bill Maher and even see the truth he puts across and then go back and defend their own pathetic, uninformed stance on their own definition of “faith” and “religion”—especially religion.  So many people know virtually nothing of even their own religion, let alone other’s.  Marx was absolutely dead on:  religion is, without doubt, the opiate of the masses.  It’s so true, most people don’t know what he meant.  Pathetic.  Sad. Stupid.  Empty.  So much given for a denial of death, usually and mostly.  Sheesh

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By Kevin, June 10, 2007 at 10:44 am Link to this comment
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it is so sad yet so predictable that people can—and do—find truth and humor, both, in Bill Maher’s rants and raves and then still go back and support, reinforce and defend their sad and pathetic addiction to their religion they probably also don’t know much, if anything, really, about.  Sheesh.  Marx is so right.  Religion really is the opiate of the people.  “Gimme my fix”, right folks?

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By Wonker Wanker, May 23, 2007 at 8:02 am Link to this comment
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Falwell & Robertson are one form

Rush bracketed by Neil and Sean are another

Tim LaHaye using Babylon Rising and Micheal Crichton using State of Fear to *justify* Iraq invasion and environmental degradation to the Pop-up, Neo-con mass? 

This is the world that Jerry Falwell contributed himself and *Liberty* College-qua-University to. 

Believe it! 

rest in peace while so many rest in pieces?  Never.

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By Jacks, May 23, 2007 at 3:44 am Link to this comment

Hypocrite.  Maher defends Imus’ intolerance (incorrectly citing “free speech” as protecting Imus from public opinion) and bashes Falwell.  Before we get into it: Imus has the right to speak his mind, not be confused w/ the privilege of having a radio show.

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By rage, May 22, 2007 at 7:57 pm Link to this comment
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I can appreicate Bill Maher’s being a progressive avowed atheist. Where he loses me, though, is when he presumes that everyone has abandoned their faith to join his rage against God. And, not everyone is there yet. I’m willing to wager a ham sandwich that his entire studio audiance for any given show is not 100% down with that, no matter how glad they may be to never have to hear Falwell ranting again. I am down with apologetics, but feel no compulsion to explain or justify my faith to anyone’s satisfaction or comfort. We should be able to do what we do without the drama of having to navigate the mine field of mass acceptance to be who we are.

Granted, I was no follower of the Falwellian way. I resented Falwell’s pursuit of the wealth of this world through the wallets of the gullible sheep he shamelessly fleeced. I abhored his marriage of the state to the church. I didn’t agree with his definitions of the traditional family or his rigid family values. Falwell’s views on human sexuality, both gay and straight, were instrusive, and probably best practiced quietly and privately between himself and Sister Falwell. He found the issue of human rights to run diametrically opposite to his leanings and outrageous teaching of the Divine Rights for God’s chosen. Heads of the house! Kings! Preists! The primary beneficiaries of the Work of Salvation. The annointed of GOD! An overweight little man of immeasurable myopic mysogyny, Jerry Falwell was limited, bigoted, intolerant, and tended to turn off the very people Jesus commissioned those who name His Name to reach and love. Falwell was neither a brother nor a friend to people who desperately needed him. Surely, the LORD will judge.

Bill Maher gets on my nerves on a whole different level. That Maher sees no place for faith, morals, or religious pursuits somehow entitles him to a licence to marginalize those who do. Too often, he comes off as just as intolerant of the God-fearing as Falwell was of the servants of any non-Christian diety. Maher needs to check all that hostitility. Folks who value faith should not be immediately dismissed as the crazoid right, out to bring back witch-burnings to set off Armaggedon. Not everyone who owns a Bible is a right leaning nut who thinks Dumya is called of GOD to reign over us. Religion is a little more complex than demonization of folks who can’t prove to Bill Maher’s personal satisfaction the existence of a supreme being whose existence he is equally unable to disprove. In my estimation, Bill Maher has not demonstrated enough theological erudition to pass himself off as the contemporary religious authority he obviously fancies himself to be. I’ll give him that he is a brilliant comedian and a provacative pundit, the left-wing answer to Hannity. But, he’s no Krista Tippett from NPR. Maher’s gig is real funny, but no more imformative nor pertinent than Stephen Colbert or Jon Stewart. They’re all just slightly more info, sans local weather, than I am guranteed to get from nightly network news.

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By RAE, May 22, 2007 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment

Hey, Kahlia, I don’t disagree with your comment that…

“...there is such a thing as morality and decency…”

...but I’d be hard pressed to define it to the satisfaction of all.

Would you please explain EXACTLY what you mean by the statement?

What if I disagree with your definition of what is “moral” or what is “decent?”  What do we do then?

I mean I’m sure you don’t really expect all of us to just accept YOUR definition of these terms, do you (even if YOUR definition is just a parrotting of what you’ve read elsewhere, say the Bible or Koran, or what you’ve been taught or told)?

I’m sure you don’t assume that you have either the wisdom or the right to define for others what is “moral” and what is “decent.”

So, again, I ask. Please define for us what you mean… and while you’re at it, how about giving us your definition of what is “right” and what is “wrong.”

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By JesseMC, May 22, 2007 at 8:48 am Link to this comment
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Good one Richard Roe — I’ve said the same thing about “two-chins” Falwell. It points to the Achilles heel of the (so called) religious right. Notice that when good ol’ Jer-Bear left this earth, he did not raise his arms and ascend to heaven. Funny how there are all these people running around today who claim to speak for or with God. Stragely, this was such a rare occurrence in Biblical times that these messengers where called “prophet” and their names are actually listed in the Bible. I didn’t find one named “Jerry Falwell” or “Pat Robertson” in there the last time I looked. If hypocrites were named in the Bible, then things might be different. Evangelicals have no more knowledge or insight into God than other religions or religious sect. Those, like Falwell, who are so ready to point to the sins of others, forget their own humanity (and by extension) sin. Oh, wait, another man said the same thing, but much more eloquently. I believe it was, “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?”

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By kalia, May 22, 2007 at 4:19 am Link to this comment
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Bill Mahr pretends to know the difference between right and wrong. Somebody should tell him that there is such a thing as morality and decency. But in these debauched times he can pass off as a great humanitarian and a role model.

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By I know that I nothing, May 21, 2007 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment
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Hey Rae #71441, the quote appears to be more ambigious.  Here in ancient Athens ca. 500 BCE many make the same claims about their activities as you do, but I have yet to examine one who was able to explain exactly how that is supposed to work out in practice.
Also, leave QuyTran alone, his comments are sometimes charming and often insightful.  His heart in in the right place for the most part, but he needs some serious consciousness raising when it comes to gay issues. 
I don’t see much of a mystery in his current one.  Falwell was indeed the son of a bootlegger (and the grandson of an atheist, one should know the enemy) and the meaning of the second sentence is clear enough.

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By rowdy, May 21, 2007 at 3:13 pm Link to this comment

once i had little use for bill maher. i find myself liking him more as time goes by. respect for the dead should only be shown to those for whom you had respect in life.

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By Richard Roe, May 21, 2007 at 11:01 am Link to this comment
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Isn’t gluttony a sin?

Any guess what Falwell weighed in at? 

He probably looks perfect now; roasting on a giant BBQ spit, slowly turned by the hand of Satan for all eternity, at a choice picnic spot by a lake of fire.

I can almost hear the dripping fat crackling & spitting in the flames.

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By RAE, May 21, 2007 at 9:54 am Link to this comment

Hey Lefty… I don’t have any actual stats but I’d put my money on the assumption that FAR MORE WOMEN “take it” BACKWARDS than do gay men.

As a gay man, I am a FIRM believer that to GIVE is far more blessed (comfortable, fun, etc.) than to RECEIVE. Most gay men I know DO NOT “roll over” very often, if at all. That’s just another one of those lovely myths that “people” love to believe. Speaking of which, I sure wish my sex life was anywhere near as exciting and interesting as most so-called straights seem to think it is.

Hey QuyTran… once again I haven’t a clue what you’re talking about. I think you need a new “whatever to English dictionary” - thoughts in your whatever your native language is aren’t being translated so as to make any sense in English.

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By yezbok drahcir, May 20, 2007 at 10:05 pm Link to this comment
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Falwell’s ministry gave him a platform to resist civil rights movements; slander people for need of scapegoats, intimidate politicians, boycott friendly corporations, staunchly support cannabis prohibition and the drug war, and attack the mirror that we call Hollywood.

You keep us laughing, Bill.  Thank you.

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By QuyTran, May 20, 2007 at 8:29 pm Link to this comment

Don’t expect too much from a son of bootlegger.

He was no longer existed so just let him go at ease although his mouth was full of vernom !

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By vet240, May 20, 2007 at 3:32 pm Link to this comment
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The use of religion to put forth ones personal views and prejudices is not new. Nor is the use of religion to implement ones political power. Bush Falwell took it to a higher level.

Any religion that is used as a weapon by humans is an abomination, and those who do so, if their God does exist will be shocked when they feel the displeasure of that God upon their journey into eternity.

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By Nancy, May 20, 2007 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment
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LOL! Good job…U learn well.

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