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?
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?
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.
"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.
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?
Thou doest protest too much!
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).
It doesn't take any talent to do what Maher does for a living.
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
The thought that Maher is a comedian is funnier that Maher himself.
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.
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.
"Please... someone notice me!" -Bill Maher
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,
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.
Let's not give him any press for this garbage. Who cares about...What's his
"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.
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.
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.