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Published: Friday, Jan. 27 2012 8:23 p.m. MST

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PLEASANTON, CA

If Maher said similar statements about any other religion. There would be outrage. If Maher were a conservative. There would be calls to have him removed from the air. To reference the beating or abuse of women is not funny. Where is the outrage and why would CNN give air time to an individual who spews out prejudice and is bigot?

Schwa
South Jordan, UT

It seems as though the author is unnecessarily obsessed with a comedian. If you don't think he's funny, don't watch him. Is it really worthy of a news story?

Otis Spurlock
Ogden, UT

Everyone lighten up a bit. If we can't poke fun of our polygamist past here in Utah, then we must have really thin skin. Get over it. We all had polygamist in our family tree if you have pioneer ancestors. It's okay. Don't be embarrassed about it.

JoeBlow
Miami Area, Fl

"beat him like a runaway sister wife."

That is grounds for an article?

The LDS (and virtually all of the religious) certainly have reasons to dislike Maher, but this was one of his tamer comments.

Pretty mild really.

Esquire
Springville, UT

I didn't hear it, but I listen to Maher's stuff all the time. Sometimes his jokes work, sometimes they don't. On his show, he very often makes some excellent points about the political world. He is also well known for his views on religion. In any case, Joe and the rest of you should not be so thin-skinned. Big deal. Maher told a joke that fell flat. So what?

IMAN
Marlborough, MA

Thou doest protest too much!

Pete1215
Lafayette, IN

Maher is a comedian; these folks are not well informed intellects. They just think they are. And they have the license to be without well-formed thoughts because they do not have power. Thus they criticize others for what they themselves lack (and I am grateful for their absence of power).

Mimi
Venice, CA

It doesn't take any talent to do what Maher does for a living.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

It seems like Joseph Walker comes up with these stories on a fairly regular basis. I think the idea is to portray the Mormons as victims in the hope of generating a tidal wave of outrage and sympathy from around the country. Its not going to happen, especially after Proposition 8. If you want to portray Mormons as a persecuted minority you're going to have to do better than a comedian's tasteless joke.

t702
Las Vegas, NV

The thought that Maher is a comedian is funnier that Maher himself.

kishkumen
American Fork, UT

Maher brought up something that is embarrassing from Mormonism's past (sister wives), and tied that to Mitt Romney. I think that is why Maher thought the comment was funny, and why Anderson Cooper chuckled. I don't think Maher was saying Mitt was a dirty old man or that beating women is funny. That is my take on the comment after watching it on CNN. I have watched a lot of Bill Maher and he thinks Mormonism is odd and likes to point that out, but I don't think it is accurate to read more into his comments.

Mormoncowboy
Provo, Ut

From the article:

"Forget that Romney's faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, abandoned the practice of polygamy 120 years ago. Never let the truth get in the way of a good joke."

The use of the word "abandoned" here comes across as connotatively distinct from "discontinued". It sounds as though Walker were saying:

"Look, polygamy was something that Mormons did a long time ago. We're all embarrassed about it, but it hasn't been part of our culture for 120 years, so give us a break".

I wonder if this is the correct stance. In order to dismiss the relevance of Maher's joke, Walker needs to dismiss the relevance of polygamy in Mormon doctrine. Is he then suggesting that polygamy is no longer a sacred institution? If so, then point taken...of course that raises a litany of other questions that need to be addressed. If not, then it really isn't accurate to suggest that Maher isn't being "truthful" in his joke telling.

This is a real catch 22 for Mormons.

che loco
Springville, UT

"Please... someone notice me!" -Bill Maher

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

Maher most definitely pushes the limits, and goes over the limits, WHICH is why he does not have a show on regular TV, AM/FM radio or basic cable. He only broadcasts on a SUBSCRIBER paid for cable channel, HBO. Oh, so he was on CNN for a brief few mins. (go ahead, write your letters to CNN).

On the other side of the coin, we have conservative counterparts to Maher.
Limbaugh (who most recently was accused of racial slurs against Italians) Michael Savage, etc. have popular daily radio programs on AM stations 5 days/wk, 52 weeks/yr.

Bastiatarian
TUCSON, AZ

I'm not offended by the joke as much as I am by the fact that it wasn't even remotely funny, witty, original, or intelligent. In other words, it was par for the course for Bill Maher.

md
Cache, UT

Let's not give him any press for this garbage. Who cares about...What's his name?

JoeBlow
Miami Area, Fl

"I'm not offended by the joke as much as I am by the fact that it wasn't even remotely funny"

To each his own.

I do think it was remotely funny.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Maher hates religion - but he reserves a special dislike for Mormons. But, as you listen to him you realize that he is a just victim of his own pathetic intolerance. Recently he ridiculed Mormons for wearing "magic" garments. He seems to be oblivious to other organizations that have identifying vestments worn by adherents as a mark of fealty to their association. Maher wears his marijuana use on his sleeve as a mark of his liberalism, and his hatred of religion as a mark of his ignorance. But, I like his politics.

Mike in Texas
Cedar City, Utah

So, Counter Intelligence, if Maher didn't hate religion and Mormons, you would be okay with his left wing politics? I can separate the two myself. His anti religious views annoy me but he makes a lot sense when he points out the hypocrisy of many on the right. Like blaming Obama for the economic mess largely made by policies adopted in prior administrations. Like creating a socialist caricature of the president that has become an convenient basis for an ungodly level of conservatives hate.

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