Read time: 1 minute

Bill Maher Spars With Ralph Reed Over Literal Interpretation Of The Bible

Real Time's Bill Maher challenges the Christian Coalition's Ralph Reed to defend the notion that the Bible should be interpreted literally.

I would have preferred that Bill Maher had taken on the Christian Coalition's Ralph Reed over the fact that he's a huge flaming hypocrite, a con-man and a crook on this Friday's Real Time, but the audience got to watch the two of them spar over religion and whether the Bible ought to be interpreted literally instead.

If Reed would like to know what's wrong with America's "moral ills" all he needs to do is go take a good long look in the mirror to find out.

That said, it was rather humorous watching Reed squirm as Maher read a number of passages from the Bible to him and asked him to defend them: Bill Maher Battles Ralph Reed: People Pull Faith ‘Right Out of Their Ass’:

They went back and forth over what’s to blame for America’s moral ills before Reed said that religion provides comfort and moral guidelines to people. Maher agreed, but said that religion is “just something people pulled right out of their ass.”

Maher argued that religion has done much more bad in the world than good, and when Reed brought up homeless shelters and charities, Maher shot back, “But you can do those things without believing in magic.”

Maher then went down a list of things the Bible condones, like slavery, to make a point about how Biblical literalists aren’t really literalists. Reed attempted to explain off some of the more egregious passages, but Maher asked, “If the Bible’s a perfect book written by a perfect guy, why is this in there?”

Can you help us out?

For 16 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit. We work 7 days a week, 16 hours a day for our labor of love, but with rising hosting and associated costs, we need your help! Could you donate $21 for 2021? Please consider a one-time or recurring donation of whatever amount you can spare, or consider subscribing for an ad-free experience. It will be greatly appreciated and help us continue our mission of exposing the real FAKE NEWS!

More C&L Coverage


New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.

Please Do Not Use the Login Link at the Top of the Site.

In order to comment you must use an Insticator account. To register an account, enter your comment and click the post button. A dialog will then appear allowing you create your account.

We will be retiring our Crooks and Liars user account system in January, 2021.

Thank you.
C&L Team