Last night on Real Time, Bill Maher explained the hypocrisy of many Evangelical Christians:
… If you’re a Christian who supports killing your enemies and torture, you have to come up with a new name for yourself.
The bit begins at the 2:35 mark:
I was really surprised that Maher used the word “Christian” as synonymous with “good.” That seems to go against most of his usually anti-religious rhetoric. Since when are Jesus and the Bible the epitome of moral behavior, especially in his eyes?
Despite the punchlines, would you expect Maher to say these things?
Martin Luther King gets to call himself a Christian, because he actually practiced “loving his enemies.”And Gandhi was so fucking Christian, he was Hindu.
You’re supposed to look at that figure of Christ on a cross and think, “How could a man suffer like that and forgive?”
Not, “Romans are pussies. He still has his eyes.”
His point is taken, though. Christians who love revenge and war are in no way following the “turn the other cheek” version of Christianity they claim to represent.
And I love this line:
Jesus lays on that hippie stuff pretty thick. He has lines like “Do not repay evil with evil” and “Do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you.” Really!
It’s in that book you hold up when you scream at gay people.