Real Time's Bill Maher took on religious fundamentalists of all stripes during his New Rules segment this Friday night, and has this to say about the recent dust up in Indiana and their so-called "religious freedom" law.
MAHER: Conservatives have to admit they’ve lost the culture wars when they’re reduced to demanding the right to not serve wedding cake to gay people. That’s the biggest problem facing America, not climate change, or terrorism, or the wealth gap, but gay cake? It’s not like gays are asking bakeries to make a giant penis cake that goes from soft to hard and squirts out butter cream.
After taking a shot at the religious right and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for trying to have it both ways and pretending that they don't really want to discriminate against gay people when anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that's exactly what these laws are intended to do, Maher proceeded to go through the laundry list of right-wing Christian (and I use that word loosely in these nut jobs' cases) fundamentalists and the laws they've pushed for and the insane remarks about gay people literally leading to God's wrath that have come out of their mouths. Anyone who is a regular reader over at Right Wing Watch is already all too familiar with these wingnuts and the venom they're spewing day after day.
Of course, Maher being Maher, he wasn't going to leave the Muslim fundamentalists unscathed either and he went onto go after Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan and others for having entire countries full of religious fundamentalists who would happily vote for laws to kill gay people, and as Maher noted, ten of them already have.
He wrapped things up by thanking the moderates for "hijacking" Christianity and hoping that Islam would to the same:
MAHER: People say ISIS hijacked Islam, no actually, the opposite is true. Religions do have hijackers, but the hijackers are the moderates, and I thank atheist God for them. They’re the ones who took a Sharpie to the Bible and redacted all the crazy parts until there was almost nothing left to read, like an email from Hillary Clinton. And now someone in Islam needs to do that with the Koran.
Maher also seemed to be under the impression that in America "we don’t let fundamentalists rule our shit." That might be true of a lot of us, but you can't say the same about one of our political parties in the United States and that is truly frightening.