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dm1121's Avatar Comment 1 by dm1121

I'd like to see Bill Maher debate some of the same people Hitchens debated. Humor is a very effective means of showing obvious truth. It can be blunt and brutal, but it really does get the job done. Maher isn't a heavyweight like Hitchens or Dawkins, but he's intelligent. With a little preparation he'd be great.

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 20:01:58 UTC | #914622

Premiseless's Avatar Comment 2 by Premiseless

No charge. The Bill of atheism!

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 20:08:28 UTC | #914624

dbl_blnd's Avatar Comment 3 by dbl_blnd

Don't discriminate against pony-tailed male atheists. That's too much to bear.

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 20:22:36 UTC | #914629

KendrickBrix's Avatar Comment 4 by KendrickBrix

So much goodness. The "abstinence is a sex position" comparison is terrific and the unbaptism; what can I say? Superb.

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 20:23:35 UTC | #914630

Cheyla's Avatar Comment 5 by Cheyla

I want an un-baptism too - I wonder if Bill Maher would offer a mass un-baptism at the Reason Rally in March??

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 20:27:16 UTC | #914631

Quine's Avatar Comment 6 by Quine

That was great.

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 20:30:27 UTC | #914632

hemidemisemigod's Avatar Comment 7 by hemidemisemigod


Sat, 04 Feb 2012 20:45:53 UTC | #914637

Steve Zara's Avatar Comment 8 by Steve Zara

I usually don't go for Maher. But...

That was simply brilliant, fabulous, awesome. Can I put my name down in advance for a posthumous de-baptism, just in case?

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 20:48:49 UTC | #914638

EzekielsSqueakyWheel's Avatar Comment 9 by EzekielsSqueakyWheel

Epic! I saw Bill's show last year, and I can honestly say I haven't laughed that hard in years.

Also, "atheism is a religion like abstinence is a sex position". Awesome!

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 20:53:32 UTC | #914641

Kurt75's Avatar Comment 10 by Kurt75

Nice, except about the pineapple. Mmm, pineapple.

The Mormons need to start a protection racket: "Those are some fine, freethinking ancestors you got there, professor. It would be a shame if someone where to baptize them."

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 20:54:28 UTC | #914643

Linda3M's Avatar Comment 11 by Linda3M

When I think of the 5 Atheists living or dead I would love to have dinner with, Bill Maher usually doesn't make the list. But after this, he can definitely stop by for dessert.

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 21:01:21 UTC | #914644

Capt. Bloodeye's Avatar Comment 12 by Capt. Bloodeye

Tempering the comedy to allow for proper delivery of quality content was a good idea. Excellent job . Now leave off the longhairs numbnuts.

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 21:01:41 UTC | #914645

wildhog's Avatar Comment 13 by wildhog


Sat, 04 Feb 2012 21:03:55 UTC | #914646

cheesedoff17's Avatar Comment 14 by cheesedoff17

I have always enjoy Maher's anti religious quips but as I have never followed showbiz and celebs, I can't understand many of his other jokes. This was fun.

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 21:16:47 UTC | #914650

Andrew B.'s Avatar Comment 15 by Andrew B.

Can anyone tell what the guy that shouts at 5:36 is trying to say? It sounds like "f_ck you!" but that's probably just what my dirty mind heard.

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 21:20:47 UTC | #914652

Triton's Avatar Comment 16 by Triton

I haven't had a decent laugh like that in a while....thanks Bill and thanks to whoever posted that!


Sat, 04 Feb 2012 21:31:03 UTC | #914656

alabasterocean's Avatar Comment 17 by alabasterocean

Fun - it's fantastic!

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 21:35:00 UTC | #914658

AfraidToDie's Avatar Comment 18 by AfraidToDie

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Sat, 04 Feb 2012 21:56:16 UTC | #914661

Naturalist1's Avatar Comment 19 by Naturalist1

15. Andrew. Yes you are right. I actually discerned more than one person shouting it in unison....sounded like two to me.

Brilliant skit.....simply brilliant!!!!! At first the guy to Maher's left didn't seem at all amused. By the middle he was cracking up too. Loved it!

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 21:56:22 UTC | #914662

AtheistEgbert's Avatar Comment 20 by AtheistEgbert

Even great minds who should know better try and add more and more onto the definition of atheism. There is even a political party in America called The National Atheist Party.

Atheism means only that, "I am not a theist" it does not mean I'm necessarily rational, nor liberal nor intelligent, nor moral. Atheism is on the extreme fringe of my world view, like all the other non beliefs in magical things. Why would I define myself in the negative to a group of people who I consider insane in the first place?

The word atheist, which is on the front of my nickname, is a fingers up to those who want to define me, it's not meant to define me or make me belong, it's a rejection of belonging.

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 22:00:11 UTC | #914663

maria melo's Avatar Comment 21 by maria melo

There could be a no better remark. What would David Sloan Wilson think of it...

"science is a like religion" ? too ?

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 22:05:54 UTC | #914664

Greyhound1405's Avatar Comment 22 by Greyhound1405

Outdoing the Mormons by debaptising an atheist who had been posthumously baptised! Lets have more of actions like this.

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 22:13:20 UTC | #914668

Peter Grant's Avatar Comment 23 by Peter Grant

LOL brilliant! My favourite part:

I'm not saying that atheists are perfect thinkers, everyone has blind spots. I'm sure there are atheists who think ponytails look good on a man, pineapple belongs on a pizza or that Ayn Rand was an important thinker, but when it comes to religion we're not "two sides of the same coin" and you don't get to put your unreason up on the the same shelf with my reason.

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 22:15:06 UTC | #914669

maria melo's Avatar Comment 24 by maria melo

"show me the bones... show me the carcases...and I ´ll believe in evolution"(Wendy Wright to Richard Dawkins)


"show me the God... and I´ll believe it"

are not two sides of the same coin either...

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 22:19:35 UTC | #914670

Neodarwinian's Avatar Comment 25 by Neodarwinian

Ridicule of religion will have more effect in the long run than any other tactic I can think of.

I think I would rather see Jesus Christ at Superbowl halftime over Madonna any day!

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 22:41:37 UTC | #914675

Fouad Boussetta's Avatar Comment 26 by Fouad Boussetta

That was good.

I recommend Bill Maher's latest book: "The NEW New Rules": it's really very funny, and explores lots of different things...

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 22:50:36 UTC | #914678

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Sat, 04 Feb 2012 23:03:00 UTC | #914682

JHJEFFERY's Avatar Comment 28 by JHJEFFERY

Nice, funny piece.

An interesting angle to the theist insistance that atheism is a religion is that it appears to be derogatory. In other words, they seem to be saying that we are just as deluded as they are. I think it could be construed as some sort of backhanded, unintended compliment; or maybe it's just insecurity at work.

It's like they are screaming on the playground: "Your mama is just as fat as mine!"

Interesting. Anyone else got an idea about why this is so important to the religious to paint us as "just another religion?"

Sat, 04 Feb 2012 23:14:20 UTC | #914685

Spawny Rosary's Avatar Comment 29 by Spawny Rosary


Sat, 04 Feb 2012 23:51:22 UTC | #914690

Rich Wiltshir's Avatar Comment 30 by Rich Wiltshir


Please tell us if there's a reaction from the bigot who baptised him in the first place.

Sun, 05 Feb 2012 00:34:04 UTC | #914697