During the Friday episode of "Real Time With Bill Maher," host Bill Maher blamed Christianity for the unrest at the Capitol last month.
Maher blames Christianity for Capitol rioting
Maher, 65, claimed believing in Christianity was akin to believing in conspiracies like QAnon, and he said this partially resulted in supporters of former President Donald Trump storming the Capitol last month.
"As long as we go through one more impeachment trial, we might as well be honest about what it really is about: the events of January 6th were a faith-based initiative," he said.
Without stopping there, Maher claimed that Trump supporters who believe in a "Christian nationalist movement" firmly believe that God "literally sent [Trump] from heaven to save them."
He cited comments from Alabama Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville, who once said that God personally elected Trump as President of the United States.
"There's a lot of talk in liberal corners these days about how grassroots Republicans who still believe the elections have been rigged should tell them to grow up and go ahead and stop asking the rest of us to respect their mass madness "said Maher.
“And of course it's a mass delusion. But the inconvenient truth here is that if you pay the lofty respect to religious belief that we have here in America, you have already lost the argument that mass delusion is bad, ”the HBO host continued.
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Maher compares Christianity and QAnon
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He then compared Christianity and QAnon directly.
"It's fun to laugh at QAnon with the baby-eating lizard people and the pedophile pizzerias, but have you ever read the book [Revelation]? That's the Bible," he said. "This is your holy book, Christians. And they have seven-headed dragons and grasshoppers that have the faces of men and the teeth of lions and other things you see after the guy in the park sold you bad mushrooms. "
Maher went on to say that "magical religious thinking" like belief in the resurrection of Jesus is not dissimilar to a "present mutation" of the QAnon virus.
“All armies of the world will gather and Jesus will fall on a flying horse, shoot swords from his mouth and wage a millennial cosmic boss fight with Satan, the Beast and the Antichrist. … It's 10 Avenger films plus 10 Hobbit films plus an evening with Johnny Depp, ”said Maher.
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"Please, magical religious thinking is a virus and QAnon is just its current mutation," he said. “That's why mega churches are playing QAnon videos. It's the same basic act. "Q" is the prophet and Trump is the messiah. An apocalyptic event, "The Storm", is looming. There is a titanic battle between good and bad. If you want good to win, just let these checks arrive.
"We need to stop pretending we don't understand why the Trump mob believe in him. It's because they're religious! They have already made room in their minds for things that don't make sense," concluded Maher. "If you are a QAnon fanatic, you are also a fundamentalist Christian. They just go together like macaroni and cheese. "
This piece was written by James Samson on February 8th, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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