His disdain for deity amazes me. Watch the clip and share your thoughts.
You know, Joni, it’s impossible to assault something or someone that doesn’t exist. That’s the whole point. His disdain is not for your invisible friend, it’s for the 60% of the people who say they believe Noah and the Ark story actually happened. It’s a sad state of affairs when people who believe such nonsense actually vote. It’s one of the reason why this country is in such a mess, because the voters are for the most part ignorant. They prefer to believe stories rather than use their brains to try to get actual knowledge. Then this credulity that people call “beliefs” gets transferred into more nonsense, like a 6000 year old earth, vaccinations that cause autism, the 1% will create jobs with all their money, climate change doesn’t exist, evolution is not true, and if you pray really really hard, and click your ruby slippers three times, everything will magically get better.
If you’re getting a sense that I have a little disdain here, you’re right. Not at your god, which as I said, doesn’t exist, but at the people who base their lives on the belief in his existence. Come on, wake up and smell the coffee, as Dear Abby says.If you don’t like what he says about god, it’s not because he’s being mean to your invisible friend. He’s a big, powerful, omnipotent god, I’m sure he can smite Maher if he wants to. No. What you take umbrage about is that a comedian can get on national TV and make fun of your beliefs. Beliefs that are really important to you. Beliefs that mean a lot to the way you live your life. This is not an assault on god, it’s an assault on YOU, and you feel persecuted because that someone thinks your beliefs are silly. And not only silly, dangerous.
But this is a free country, and even if you don’t like it, Maher can say it all he wants. And if your beliefs are true, what difference does it make? They’re still true regardless what he says. Why worry about what a comedian thinks? I think it upsets Christians to see someone make fun of their beliefs, because deep down, they know they aren’t true. They need to have their beliefs reinforced constantly, because simple exposure to light (reason) will show them for what they are – total nonsense. That’s why it’s necessary to go to church once a week, for positive reinforcement. It’s why it’s called blasphemy to belittle god. In some religions, blasphemy is punishable with death, as it was in Christianity for hundreds of years. Why? It’s the only way to keep a human mind from questioning their beliefs. You get inoculated when you are born, and you need constant booster shots every Sunday.
And if you were really honest with yourself, instead of feeling the need to defend your beliefs, you’d agree with me.
Boy, you opened that one up, didn’t you? 😉 I’m sure I’ll hear from all the good Christians…
SI I will never agree with you because I am a believer in God. That won’t change. I don’t feel the need to defend my beliefs because the in the country we all have a right to our beliefs. You are correct when you say decisions are made based on our beliefs, but simply because you disagree with someone’s belief does not make their beliefs ignorant. You simply disagree with them.
The last thing I want to do is make you feel defensive about your beliefs. Indeed, my point was that you should NOT be defensive about your beliefs when someone like Maher makes fun of them. Don’t forget, he’s a comedian, not a philosopher, and he makes money when people laugh. He makes jokes about everything, if it makes people laugh, which is a good thing. I’m sure you agree that laughter is a wonderful thing for humans to partake in.
Religion, to a comedian is just more fodder for a joke. But religion should not have some special, sanctimonious place that makes it ineligible as a topic for humor. Nothing should be sacred to comedians. And if you think about it, humor is a great way to get to truth. Think of the political cartoons that make a point about serious topics, and in the process help you to understand them.
I think a good rule of thumb here is that if you don’t find the joke to be funny, then it got a little too close to the truth for comfort.
Think about it.
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