This article, by skeptic Michael Shermer,
appears in SALON:
Bill Maher is right about religion: The Orwellian ridiculousness of Jesus, and the truth about moral progress"Most religions were pulled into the modern Enlightenment with their fingernails dug into the past"By Michael Shermer, January 18, 2015
This isn't an original SALON article, it's an excerpt from Shermer's new book The Moral Arc.
(When he's not attacking religion, Shermer writes books like Why People Believe Weird Things
about pseudoscience, and books about Darwin.)
Bill Maher is an atheist who made famous documentary
attacking various religions. In a 1997 interview, he repeated this joke
about his own religious background:
On my first Tonight Show I said I was half Jewish and half Catholic, so I used to bring a lawyer into confession. “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I think you know Mr. Cohen.” Johnny Carson loved that.
But if you search for Maher and Muslim,
or Maher and Islam
archives, or Maher and Islam, you get pages of stuff not
saying "Bill Maher is right about religion", but going on about how secretly nice Muslims are, and how evil Maher is for criticizing them, and finding some Muslim journalist or spokeman to say it.
Bill Maher to Muslims: Go away - Salon.comNovember 1, 2010Reza Aslan takes down Bill Maher's “facile arguments” on Islam in September 30, 2014EXCLUSIVE: Reza Aslan on Bill Maher’s anti-Islam crusade: “Frank bigotry” Bill Maher's “disturbingly oblivious” — and not the liberal in this debateOctober 9, 2014 There are six words that sum up Bill Maher's basic case against Islam: “I'm the liberal in this debate.” No, unfortunately, Maher was not the liberal in that debate.October 10, 2014Rula Jebreal to Bill Maher: “When you talk about Islam in a certain way… some people feel threatened”November 1, 2014EXCLUSIVE: Rula Jebreal sounds off on Bill Maher Islam spat: “What he is doing is un-American” November 3, 2014Shame on you, Michael Moore: Why his defense of Bill Maher was unacceptableNovember 16, 2014Bill Maher's slippery slope: Why his war on Islam could hit closer to his own homeNovember 13, 2014 It's true, parts of the Quran may condone violence. Does Maher want other books and media held to this standard?“It’s beyond stupid”: Bill Maher responds to backlash against Islam views December 5, 2014 The host of "Real Time with Bill Maher" is unapologetic when it comes to his comments about Islam.
That is part
page of Salon
on Maher on Islam.
So what does atheist Maher have to do to get any respect for his hatred of religion from Salon? He has to attack Christianity. See Salon
's articles tagged "Christianity"
and my article “Christophobia”—The Prejudice That Barely Has A Name.