Bill Maher takes on Tim Tebow and feels the wrath
December 29th, 2011
05:48 PM ET

Bill Maher takes on Tim Tebow and feels the wrath

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN)– On Christmas Eve the Denver Broncos were getting destroyed by the Buffalo Bills* on the football field and comedian, liberal commentator, and religious provocateur Bill Maher couldn't help but tweet about it.

Wow, Jesus just f***** #TimTebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is tebowing, saying to Hitler "Hey, Buffalo's killing them"

People quickly responded to Maher on Twitter and called him (in summary) a hell bound atheist piece of trash. Maher's social media jab was picked up by the media too and landed in newspapers, websites and TVs everywhere. Pundits and twitter users called for a boycott of Maher's HBO show Real Time, and threatened to cancel their HBO subscriptions.

The timing could not have been better for Maher. The new season of his show begins next month and the week between Christmas and New Years is a veritable wasteland for actual news. In a world where no publicity is bad publicity, Maher scored big.

Maher has long skewered people of all faiths as part of his act. In 2008, Maher starred in "Religulous" a documentary that poked fun at any and all religions.

For all the fury aimed at Maher for the Tebow crack, the long time atheist received comparatively little heat for his Twitter dig at Jesus the next day on Christmas.

Happy birthday to JC – but don't forget the other "gods" who have the same bday/bio: Horus,Mithra, Krishna, Osiris, Dionysus..makes u think!

It was insulting Tim Tebow, not Jesus Christ, that drew the ire of a nation.

"[Tebow's] public image is built on goodness and virtue," Patton Dodd said. Dodd is the author of "The Tebow Mystique: The Faith and Fans of Football's Most Polarizing Player" and the managing editor of Patheos.com. "His particular expression of Christianity, or Christian witness, is built on acts of kindness to the poor and needy and to strangers. It's not just taking a knee on the field and thanking Jesus after the games. I think a lot of his fans know that."

Dodd said fans likely felt defensive towards Tebow, but acknowledged an athlete so public about their faith could not viewed as untouchable.

"I think the difference here is what Maher said was particularly crass and crude and I think it's seen as aimed more ... at Tebow's fan base than Tebow," he said.

For those who said Maher crossed an unspoken line with the tweet, comedian Pete Dominick said no way. "Our job is to push the envelope. There is no line for us. We don't have a line. You can make a joke about my kids getting cancer as long as it's funny. It has to be funny. That's the only rule, that it's funny. We're supposed to be controversial we're supposed to be provocative, that's what our job entails."

"He's begging to be made fun of," Dominick said.

Dominick, who is also the host of Stand Up! with Pete Dominick on the POTUS Chanel on SirusXM, said Tebow's outspokeness about his faith makes him a prime target for comedians. "He goes out on TV and talks about his faith, he puts it on his eye black. We're going to choose to make fun of it. Always."

"I think it's the wrong thing to get upset about. It's a tweet. It's a predictable tweet from a guy who says these kinds of things and who has an audience who love him for those kinds of things," Dodd said.

For his part Tebow has not commented on Maher's tweet, keeping true to his formula of not engaging critics. Dodd said part of what makes Tebow such a great athlete is his ability to block out the noise and focus on the game of football. Requests for comment from Maher were not responded to by his publicist but Maher tweeted on Wednesday night:

All u J-freaks having a cow re my Tebow tweets pls go back to the much longer piece we did on 11/4 Real Time and have a proper heart attack

There Maher goes after Tebow in far more than in the 140 characters Twitter allows per post.

If Tebow and his Bronco teammates can win on Sunday they will make the playoffs.

*An earlier version of this story incorrectly had the Detroit Lions as the Broncos opponent. We regret the error and apologize to Bills fans everywhere. They have suffered enough this season.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity

soundoff (2,202 Responses)
  1. novoodoo

    Tebow makes a joke out of his god..

    His god ignores hungry children to pay attention to Tebow.

    December 30, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • fred

      Go and feed some hungry children instead of putting the blame on God. Sell your house move into a small apartment and give the money to a food center.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • novoodoo

      Like the vatican/catholic church does?

      December 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • fred

      God allows us all the time we need to prove what the real desire of our heart is. The Catholic Church or the modern temples of christians and other believers and nonbelievers reflect exactly who they really are.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Oh Please

      We all have free will. Don't try to pin this world's problems on God. Does God make you hold that cigarette and get lung cancer you fool? You bring problems on yourself. Take responsibility.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      @fred: I think god should just create more food and give it to the hungry kids. Would be much easier for him than for us.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • novoodoo

      Hey, if there is a god - why is he hiding all the time? Can you come up with an excuse for that? You guys seem to want to talk for him all the time.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • fred

      God Hide? The name of Jesus is known by 92% of the worlds population. Even atheists know Jesus so that number is rapidly approaching 100%. Somebody please show Jesus how to hide.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • fred

      We have the technolog and resources to eliminate hunger and have had for some time. Hunger exists because we value other things over starving children. That is the testament this generation leaves behind

      December 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • Jake

      Who screwed up the world? HUMANS. Who is causing starvation? HUMANS. Who is perpetuating wars? HUMANS.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • novoodoo

      jesus died a long time ago. Or haven't you heard.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • fred

      If Jesus is dead how is it that there is power in His name today! The Bible says there is power in the name of Jesus. 80 million new Christians in China last year proclaimed the name of Jesus. Sorry, Jesus is far from dead. You yourself are very tied to the name and cannot shake it.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      @fred: A truly loving god wouldn't make us choose between stuff we like and starving children.

      Plus, it would still be easier for god to just make more food. Filet Mignon for everyone! No need to harm any cows either!

      December 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • fred

      Not that long ago I called upon the name of Jesus and Jesus changed my life. Everything exactly as Jesus said in His words became real. This not only happened to me but I have personally witnessed these conversions many others. Very much a living force in or world today. You can deny it but that will not make the reality of what is happening around you go away,

      December 30, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      @fred: I called Jesus too...and he came over to cut my lawn.

      Nice guy. He does driveways during the winter.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • fred

      You forget God already did that in the Garden of Eden. There was no death until man rejects what God had provided. There was no steak to eat but from any tree in the garden but one they could eat to their hearts delight.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      @fred: Except for that one tree, right? Silly humans.

      Well, if he's forgiving, he should just get over himself and feed the kids. Maybe not steaks, but certainly fruit baskets.

      I personally would like steak, but if that's too tall an order...

      Oh, silly me, IT'S GOD! He can make as many steaks as he wants!

      So, yes. Steak please. Medium.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • fred

      God already did that too. Recall when the chosen ones were sick and tired of manna every day from the Lord and they demanded meat. He gave them meat, millions of quail fell into there hands 3 ft deep. They ate until they became sick. Yeah, I think man is the problem not God.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • Fluffy, the gerbil of doom

      The fact that A precedes B, does not prove that A is the cause of B.

      December 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      @fred: Should be a simple matter of a repeat performance then, right? He's already done it once.

      So, here we go on three, steak for everyone...




      December 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • fred

      Correct, however if A then B occurs in a statistically significant proportion we have a probability of causation that cannot be ignored.

      December 30, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      Good thing I packed my lunch today. That steak never turned up.

      December 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • fred

      Yes, and even the religious leaders of Jesus day demanded a sign and Jesus said none will be given you but the sign of Jonah. The Old Testament is clear on how even those God chose would continue to turn back to their old ways and seek after what they desired rather than what was given.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      @fred: Doesn't seem quite fair that god gets to coast on his past accomplishments and not produce anything new.

      Wouldn't have to be every day. Maybe just one day a year. "Steak Day." I'm thinking early June to give us another holiday between Memorial Day and Independence Day here in the states.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      I can't imagine anybody would find fault with "Steak Day."

      December 30, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • Fluffy, the gerbil of doom

      Agree. So what is the statistical threshold (number please), at which I need to start to pay attention to miracles ? If they were common, they would not be "miracles". So by definition, they are not statistically significant. Any anyway, all the studies of "prayer" have proven it does not produce any results.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • fred

      Every day is "steak day" thanks to God. That simple step of giving a prayer of thanks every time you sit at the steak table is a gift. In many countries you cannot just pray or not pray at will. I have never been without food set before me. What is God doing? He has provided an abundance every day. Yes, just like the chosen ones many have become ungrateful and want more.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • fred

      Faith is what describes the things that cannot be seen and this is why measurement is not possible. Prayer for example in no way could be subjected to a blind study or even have a control group as a basis. In the same manner it is impossible to say other self help processes would not have helped out an alcoholic relative to an AA group that uses a Higher Power. Miracles do happen yet an amputated leg never regenerated. Seems our world is constructed so that faith and materialism do not cross path. The moment a miracle, prayer or God takes on evidence that can be seen faith is not required. This is why the evidence and proof is always in that which cannot be seen.
      We can see a pattern where if A (I read the words of Jesus with a broken heart at great loss and ask for help) then B (I am born again and filled with the Holy Spirit) happens millions of times a year. Yet, somewhere in the process a line was crossed where what was not previously seen is now in full view. That point escapes measure and is outside the area of science or reproducible events,

      December 30, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  2. Hypatia

    Mr. Maher's job is making fun of anyone and everyone. Mr. Tebow's job is playing football. No one told Mr. Tebow to make a spectacle of himself on the field. He deserves every single joke. And for those holy rollers, I respectfully direct you to Matthew 6, v. 5-6 which states, bluntly, don't make a show of prayer.

    December 30, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • Prof Tom

      Ah yes, The Sermon on the Mount. It's nice to know that someone who is willing to insult Tebow and Christians is at least aware of it. Now, in your Bible studies, why don't you look up Matthew 28:19-20, a section called The Great Commission.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • novoodoo

      I agree..Hypatia.. You are right on

      December 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • um

      I love when clueless individuals try to twist the Bible to sound clever. Ha. So pathetic. A few versus down you will see that Christians are commanded to go and preach good news. But go ahead and cherry pick to make a failed argument to try to sound. Only an ignorant person would agree with you.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • novoodoo

      Must remember, the bible is a man made creation. Means virtually nothing to the intelligent.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm |

      Spoke like someone who has never even cracked open the Bible. Judging something you have never examined, how intelligent does that sound? The Bible has been proven to be scientifically, archaeolgically, historically, and medically sound in every respect. Someone who has never read it cannot comment on it. You are just another sad excuse of a human being who wants to keep your unintelligent head in the sand. Sad really.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • Dr. Williams

      @ Novoodoo, no one is listening to you. You have no argument whatsoever. Stop making yourself look foolish.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • novoodoo

      you are too funny..

      December 30, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • No but NOVOODOO is a moron really IS a moron

      Stick this up your 100% historically correct a$$.

      Was Jairus' daughter alive or dead when he came to Jesus?

      Matthew 9:18 and Mark 5:23

      Daughter was dead (Matthew 9:18) – "While He was saying these things to them, behold, there came a synagogue official, and bowed down before Him, saying, "My daughter has just DIED; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live."

      Daughter at point of death (Mark 5:22-24) – "And one of the synagogue officials named Jairus *came up, and upon seeing Him, fell at His feet, and *entreated Him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter is at the POINT OF DEATH; please come and lay Your hands on her, that she may get well and live." And He went off with him; and a great multi'tude was following Him and pressing in on Him."


      December 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  3. cythara

    I'd be more impressed by Bill Maher if he'd give equal time to pointing out the absurd crap in Judaism as he does in Christianity. Christianity is built on the lunacy enshrined in Judaism. But, I forget....Bill Maher is a Jew, isn't he?...well then.....never mind.

    December 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      Watch Religulous.

      Jeezus, you people are too damn lazy to research ANYTHING before spouting off.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • KK Denver

      He was raised catholic and certainly makes fun of all religions, jews included.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      @KK Denver: Never let facts interfere with a good tinfoil rant.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • cynthia

      You sick bigot. This is just one Maher show. He is also under no obligation to toe your conniecon line.

      And you don't have the right to not be offended.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • cynthia

      that was for cythara

      December 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • novoodoo

      Christian/Muslim.. All the same

      December 30, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • GetReal

      You must be ignorant of Mr. Maher and his views. He finds ALL delusional beliefs (which includes all beliefs in ALL imaginary sky gods) to be equally delusional. He does not discriminate.

      Retarded beliefs are, by definition, retarded, regardless of how they are packaged.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • KC

      There are about 2.2 billion Christians in the world and about 1.5 billion Muslims. On the other hand there are about 15 million jews. Its really a very small religion compared to the other two. You can't really expect that they receive equal time. A better criticism would be the lack of attention given to Hindus (1 billion), Buddhists (half a million). Heck there are even more Sikhs (30 million) than Jews.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:11 pm |

      @ Getreal, oh enlighten us you have been blessed with vast knowledge and wisdom! Tell the billions who believe in God that we are all retarded and you are the one to show us the way! O.o

      December 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  4. GrowUp

    I think we should let the Muslims, Christians and Jews just battle it out in the Middle East. Sit back and watch the show. May the best God win.

    December 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Same God, different prophets.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • novoodoo

      But that's unfair. According to the bible, christians have many gods

      December 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  5. GrowUp

    If Tebow is such a selfless good guy, why does he feel the need to advertise his good deeds? Low class.

    December 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • Prof Tom

      He isn't the one advertising most of the time. It is the people who support him, the ones who look up to him as a symbol of what is right about faith in America, who constantly articulate his good deeds. They shouldn't feel the need to do this, that isn't what being good is about, but they do it because of people who feel the need to go to the other end of the spectrum and trash Tebow, like you are doing now. Listen to the man speak... you might be surprised how truly classy he is. You don't have to agree with his faith to recognize that he has a lot of goodness in him.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • novoodoo

      atheist do as much good for others without brainwashing children.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • Sarah P.

      People always trash someone who has higher moral standards than they do because it shows them up. It happens to me at work too. I embarrass others because they are such walking pieces of filth that are blown every which way and do not have a single ounce of moral character in them. They are ashamed and thats why they bash people like Tebow.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • novoodoo

      I agree, Bill has very high morals..

      The pope has very low morals, then again all those jumping bible preachers leave a lot to be desired.

      Remember, it is good men who do good deeds. That includes atheist. Preaching god and bible does not feed the hungry, heal the sick or generally help those in need. However I do find that religions do try to steel good works of man and claim it as their own. How sad.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  6. angryed

    Bill Maher is the consumate liberal...alot of talking about respecting othjer peoples opinions..except when they conflict with his own...he is a mean spirited jerk and I could really care less what he has to say on any subject

    December 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • Dee

      And as a typical con...you're wrong on all counts.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Prof Tom

      There are people on both sides of the political aisle who are guilty of bad behavior but everything about Maher is rubbish and anyone who defends him is morally bankrupt.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm |

      Hes just a comedian. I think its stupid that people look up to him as if he has anything valid or intelligent to say. He doesn't. It's also pathetic to me how moronic atheists say to let people believe what they want to believe but yet go on and disrespect and insult those who choose to believe in God. They are utter hypocrites.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • novoodoo

      I fall to see where Mahr has ever done any wrong. He promotes good will to all and encourages people not to brainwash children. Show me one place he has caused harm..

      December 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Anna

      People have forgotten about this unfunny comedian so he is simply trying to stay relevant. No one cares what he or anyone else like him thinks. I teach my kids morals and principles and that has made them outstanding adults that are sought after because they don't lie, steal, or cheat and actually stand for something noble. Any unintelligent person can become an atheist. It does not require thinking or any set of morals. No wonder the world is the way it is. More wars and conflict have been committed NOT in the name of religion. Look it up. Its just an excuse for people who are weak minded and weak willed to pin mankind's woes on 'religion' as if that explains anything.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • novoodoo

      Interesting, Anna. maybe your children are in better hands with Mahr. He doesn't seem to lie or cheat. More importantly he stands on his own two feet without hiding behind a bible or religion. makes him a far better man.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • Hot in Texas

      HAHAH! How do you know Bill Maher does not lie or cheat?! Do you know him? If not then shut up. You failed in your argument and look like a complete fool now. Congrats 🙂

      December 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  7. john

    Bill Maher is awesome and speaks the truth. Wake up America !!!

    December 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • cythara

      Bill Maher is a Zionist propagandist and you are too stupid to realize this.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • cynthia

      cythara you are just plain ignorant. Read up on the replies to your last post. You have many facts wrong.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Marie

      Right on. Kudos to Bill for being able to speak his mind. And yes...Tebow is asking for it.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Dana

      No Cythera is right. He is just another paid by the mainstream media Jew to bash christians, muslims, and everyone else. They talk all this bull about letting people believe what they want but then go on to vilify people who disagree with them. He is a moron. Besides, hes a COMEDIAN PEOPLE. Anyone who allows their puny brains to be molded by a COMEDIAN is surely a spineless loser.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  8. SeanNJ

    I'm confuzzled...what line did he cross exactly?

    December 30, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • Dee

      They have no idea.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  9. GetReal

    Ah yes, religion...where the delusional get their panties in a bunch if anyone dare call out that they are delusional.

    December 30, 2011 at 11:44 am |
    • john

      AMEN 🙂

      December 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • ScottCranberry

      Exactly. I wish the religious zealots would at least concede that their beliefs are just that; beliefs. But they treat their beliefs as if they were proven facts and become violently angry if anyone challenges them. My belief is that they behave this way because life, if you really stop and think about it, can be terrifying because so much can't be explained or understood. Religion makes life tolerable for them.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • Shawn

      Everone has beliefs you imbecile. You BELIEVE the sun will rise tomorrow but its based on facts. The same is true with belief in God. It is scientifically sound in every respect. Only a true moron would believe in Evolution. It has endless holes and does not even meet the qualifications to be a theory let alone a fact. People are so brainwashed and deluded all you can do is pity someone who believes in evolution.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • B & D

      Ah yes, atheism. Truly stupid individuals who cannot grasp basic scientific principles and embrace a completely unscientific, illogical theory called evolution simply to excuse their pathetic behavior and not want to answer to God whether they choose to believe in him or not. They are the weakest and simple minded of all. I constantly bury atheists who try to go toe to toe with me. I show them the flaws in their evolutionary theories and they simply get mad and walk away because they were proven wrong! So sad.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • novoodoo

      You speak like a true idiot.. You can not prove god exists. And no one said evolution was a fact, only that it proved likely. You can't even prove a god as likely.

      BTW: teaching a child god is fact is teaching your child to lie. Teaching evolution in schools is teaching a theory, not fact.

      Please brighten up.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:53 pm |

      I agree with B & D. Try to get them to name a SINGLE PROVEN EVOLUTIONARY POINT and they can't! i just laugh in their faces because I wipe the floor with them with scientific facts. Its endless! Creation in all of its wonderful detailed mechanisms prove that it is no product of an accident. Study the cell and see how amazing it is, a true product of DESIGN. We accept that a watch is made by someone but not the powerhouse the cell? Unbelievable. There are a lot of stupid people in the world.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • Lies of Evolution

      Indisputable Fact: On rare occasions a mutation in DNA improves a creature's ability to survive, so it is more likely to reproduce (natural selection). That is evolution's only tool for making new creatures. It might even work if it took just one gene to make and control one part. But parts of living creatures are constructed of intricate components with connections that all need to be in place for the thing to work, controlled by many genes that have to act in the proper sequence. Natural selection would not choose parts that did not have all their components existing, in place, connected, and regulated because the parts would not work. Thus all the right mutations (and none of the destructive ones) must happen at the same time by pure chance. That is physically impossible.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Lies of Evolution
      Irreducible complexity is a poor argument against evolution.
      A certain Professor Behe asserted in his book "Darwin's Black Box" that certain molecular machines, such as the bacterial flagellum, are "irreducibly complex" because they cease to function if a single component is missing – ergo, it could not be a linear evolution from a less complex beginning into the complex current paradigm.
      What he, and other creationist apologists don't take into account is that nature is filled with examples of "precursors" to the flagellum that are indeed "missing a part," and yet are fully-functional.

      If you would like to see a digital representation of how such development can and does occur, visit http://dllab.caltech.edu/avida/

      But like when Professor Behe was presented with presented with fiftyeight peer-reviewed publications, nine books, and several immunology textbook chapters about the evolution of the immune system to disprove his assertion that the immune system is irreducibly complex, many Creationists out there will simply say that reams of scientific evidence simple isn't "good enough".

      December 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • .

      The theory of Evolution violates two laws of science. The Second Law of Thermodynamics (law of increasing entropy) says that things which start out concentrated together spread out over time. If you heat one room in a house, then open the door to that room, eventually the temperature in the whole house evens out (reaches equilibrium). Knowing how far this evening-out has progressed at any point in time tells you the entropy. Entropy can measure the loss of a system's ability to do work. Entropy is also a measure of disorder, and that is where evolution theory hits an impenetrable wall. Natural processes proceed in only one direction, toward equilibrium and disorder. Things fall apart over time, they do not get more organized. We can overcome this by making a machine and adding energy, but the Second Law prevents such a machine from assembling spontaneously from raw materials.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      Reminds me of one of my favorite internet things of all time. Look up "Creationist almost discovers sun."

      It's a hoot.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      The 2nd law of Thermodynamic applies only to closed systems.
      Nice try though.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      Look up the definition of belief. If it were scientifically sound, you could reproduce a prayer's effect, now, today, here. You can't. By definition if it provable, it does not require faith. Your statement is absurd, and you have no clue what you're mumbling about.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  10. mab18

    What I don't get about this (especially after reading some of the comments to the article), is that everyone got up in arms about the tweet he made about Tebow, but not about the one where he basically calls Jesus not real...... If you're going to get holier-than-thou on him, then at least get angry about the right comment. And regardless – he has the right to say what he wants, no one is getting hurt (except for some egos). You have the right to have/talk about/show your faith. He has the right to have/talk about/show his lack of faith. If you don't like it, change the channel. That's what I do when I see a religious show on TV on Sunday morning.

    December 30, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  11. Pathetic

    Insulting someone's belief system is really funny. Giving Hitler and Satan the punch line is really funny.

    I'm sure Tim Tebow is rolling on the floor, laughing, this is so funny.

    Bill Maher really told a funny joke there. He's so creative.

    I wish my kids would grow up to be just like Bill Maher.

    Golly. I wonder when these meds will wear off. I keep smelling the color purple.

    December 30, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Dee

      So you're still gonna down Maher...even though it is shown that folks got upset, not because they felt he insult Jesus...but because he insulted Tebow.

      Dumbing down of America poster kids.....smh

      December 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • it's not alot

      it's funny, you say sarcastically that you'd want your kids to be like Maher, but I don't think you realize just how right you are! you really wouldn't want your kids to be like Bill at all... in fact, I bet if you had an intelligent, witty kid that thought for himself you probably wouldn't like him at all!

      December 30, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  12. Jules

    I'm not bothered by Maher's comment. He's completely free of any talent or class. He has to rely on inflammatory and offensive content or he really has nothing. He is a crass and tactless loser, and people who watch him are pretty much the same.

    December 30, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • NYC !

      I agree. He is simply just trying to stir up controversy to make himself relevant. He is a nobody.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  13. Dumb Jokes

    I hate when comedians try to defend disgusting and boorishly offensive jokes with claims of comedic license. What!? They act like comedy can be rated on some objective scale. That's nonsense. There is someone out there who will find the most hurtful, grotesque and abominable joke funny. That does not mean it should be tolerated. Where is the line drawn?

    December 30, 2011 at 11:32 am |
    • KK Denver

      and someone will find the most innocuous and inoffensive joke something to kill for

      December 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  14. cherrypieguy

    well it looks like just another intolerable act that was committed by poor bill. These fake christians are worse than muslims when it comes to intolerance. Maybe they should actually read their bibles once and a while. You can always find some scripture that will help show your right to hate. Down with religion and the simplistic minds it creates!

    December 30, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • Jules

      You make an awful lot of judgments and assumptions for someone who claims to be so tolerant and open-minded. You know about that one scripture in the Bible (wait, you mean I'm a Christian and I actually read it? Yeah...I have)

      ...there's a scripture in there about pointing out the mote in someone else's eye while ignoring the beam in your own. Yeah. Dude. Check the mirror. Time for a beam check.

      December 30, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • Hypatia

      to Jules below. There's another bit of scripture that clearly states if you make a show of praying, the only reward you'll get is the audience. Matthew 6, v. 5 & 6.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm |

      This candid admission is from the evolutionist journal Nature: "Darwin anticipated that microevolution would be a process of continuous and gradual change. The term macroevolution, by contrast, refers to the origin of new species and divisions of the taxonomic hierarchy above the species level, and also to the origin of complex adaptations, such as the vertebrate eye. Macroevolution posed a problem to Darwin because his principle of descent with modification predicts gradual transitions between small-scale adaptive changes in populations and these larger-scale phenomena, yet there is little evidence for such transitions in nature. Instead, the natural world is often characterized by gaps, or discontinuities. One type of gap relates to the existence of 'organs of extreme perfection', such as the eye, or morphological innovations, such as wings, both of which are found fully formed in present-day organisms without leaving evidence of how they evolved."

      December 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • Fluffy, the gerbil of doom

      Your premise is false, as are it's as'sumptions. Just because Darwin did not possess the last word on evolution, (which NO ONE says he did), does not invalidate the entire theory, which is all it is, until a better one comes along. No scientist says they possess the "truth". Religionists all variously claim to have the Truth, with no evidence. Ever been to the doctor for an antibiotic ? If you have, you accept the Theory of Evolution, as by doing cultures and SENSITIVITIES of bacteria to various antibiotics, they prove the Theory of Evolution millions of times a day. I bet the next time you have a life threatening infection YOU will let them give you an antibiotic, (or will you just pray, instead of calling 911 ? )

      December 30, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  15. Bob

    Who is bill maher and why does something this meaningless make the front page of CNN? He's an obvious cry for attention that's exactly what he's getting. So keep bashing him and playin his little cat and mouse game. I remember when I was in middle school...

    December 30, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • mistamista

      Thanks for playing. For the record, and your piece of mind as well, Bill Maher is the most irreverent, well spoken, educated and one of the last great voices of common sense left in political humor...other than Sarah Palin....who is clearly comedy's "gotcha" gift. Ignorance is not limited to words...so be very careful where you tread.

      December 30, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • Bill Maher is A Tool

      No one with an ounce of rational thought cares what this fool has to say. Anyone who thinks he is intelligent has fallen for his stand up act hook, line, and sinker. Good job being a moron.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm |

      Even a single cell is not simple. In Darwin's day researchers looked at cells under the microscope and saw little balloons filled with goo they called protoplasm, so they thought cells were simple forms of life. 150 years later we know that there are many types of cells, and each cell is a little city at work. The smallest known genome (Mycoplasma genitalium) has 482 genes.18 The minimum possible for an organism to survive is probably 200 to 300 genes. Most bacteria have 1000 to 4000 genes. A popular textbook on the cell1 is 1600 pages long and weighs 7 pounds. Everything about the cell is stunningly complex. Plants and animals contain a great variety of cells. The human body has about 210 different types of cells.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  16. achepotle

    Bill is a brave man, taking on the American Taliban like that.

    December 30, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • Bob

      I agree.

      December 30, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  17. Will R

    I am pretty confident that true Xians and true Atheists don't go around bashing each other. True Xians aren't in control of saving anyone, eh Calvin? And, true Atheists aren't in control of enlightening anyone. Am I right Natural Selection?

    December 30, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • Curious

      Are there true Xtians and true atheists? What is truth?

      December 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  18. mistamista

    Satirical gold is now officially priceless! I LOVE Maher for his irreverence, I love HBO for their freedom of perspective on controversial issues and I love the Real Time ?Nation for being able to read anything, ANYTHING other than the Bible. It's a sign of progress when we stop worshiping dead "gods" and begin living in Real Time!

    December 30, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • Evolution is a LIE

      Heres how your little lie of evolution continues to get shot down:

      Vanishing vestigials
      If evolutionists do not know what something does, they assume it is useless, as we will see with "junk DNA". One of their "proofs" of evolution has been that as creatures evolve, some body parts that were useful long ago become less important in the new and improved creatures. Eventually these parts no longer function and they shrink in size. Evolutionists called them "vestigial organs". In the late 1800s they made long lists of vestigial organs in humans, including the tonsils, pineal gland, thymus, and appendix.5 In the years since, advances in our understanding of anatomy and biology have knocked them off the lists one by one. Yet the notion lingers on that "there is something to it". In 2009, researchers at Arizona State and Duke Universities reported that the little appendix is a "safe house" for important gut bacteria. If the intestine becomes infected and is forced to flush everything out (diarrhea), the good bacteria stored in the appendix are there to return the intestine to normal working order.33 "Maybe it's time to correct the textbooks," says William Parker, Ph.D., assistant professor of surgical sciences at Duke.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Fluffy, the gerbil of doom

      Changing an organ from one category to another proves nothing. You are not seriously say THAT justifies the absurdity of "oh god must have done it" ?

      December 30, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • Fluffy, the gerbil of doom

      ...and BTW, even further idiocy....MY god did it.

      December 30, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Scientific theory amends itself when new information is available.
      That doesn't invalidate the theory of evolution, it bolsters it and make it more comprehensive.
      Dogmatic religion is static by nature and will only change when faced with undeniable proof for an extended period of time.
      How long did it take Christians to admit that Copernicus had a valid point?

      December 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  19. Benedict Cruz

    Maher is doing these things so that people will recognize him since nobody cares of his existence. He desperately needs the publicity and will do and say anything to get it. What a sorry loser.

    December 30, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • mistamista

      Another perspective, indeed...but your point is irrelevant and your words are valueless. It's not that you're here to post your opinion, in fact, I LOVE when dumb people spout off at the mouth. We in comedy call that "material". However, you're just not getting the bigger picture...and that is sad. YOU prove the existence of "god" and I'll disprove the existence of Bill Maher. Sound fair?

      December 30, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • Sam

      Very true. No one cares about this man. He is just pitied by God really. He allows him to breathe air through the lungs he created and lets him spout off his inane babblings. If it were ME, I would do away with all atheists. But since he is a loving God, he does not control people. He lets people believe in him or not. They can live their empty, meaningless lives all they want. You can only pity someone so pathetic.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  20. JimmyStewart

    Amazing to see all the attempts to boycott Maher's show by people who aren't watching it in the first place. If they were they would know Bill Maher swears occasionally, makes some raunchy jokes and is a well known atheist who made the anti-religion film Religulous. The show they want to boycott is full of these remarks... interesting that the boycotts come in response to a tweet, maybe they should boycott his twitter account instead. Simply stop reading things that may question or challenge their limited, simplistic, intolerant and rather naive beliefs.
    How dare Maher have a different opinion than they do! We'll show him! But not before we stop that horrible show about Muslims!

    December 30, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • Nick E

      Very well put, sums it up!

      December 30, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • Dee

      I had to laugh when I first heard folks threatening to cancel their subscription to HBO.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
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