Our film crew joined me in what was billed as the largest gathering of atheists at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. where Bill Maher, political comedian, cultural icon of the 21st century, and television host of HBO’s “Real Time” that attracts an audience of over six million people, addressed the crowd. He recently used his talents for a documentary entitled “Religulous,” which grossed almost $13 million. It has become the seventh highest grossing documentary in history. At the Reason Rally, Maher sarcastically highlighted many false perceptions of the Christian faith.
“Why would you then choose to create a completely imaginary person who you live in fear of offending? Aren’t we all disappointing enough people in reality? Well, thank you for listening to my message of hope. And please take heart in the knowledge that we are winning, just slowly and not yet. But religion is way down in America. They do a comprehensive survey every ten years and Christianity is down 11 percent. That might not seem like a lot, but if you are the CEO of McDonald’s and your market share fell 11 percent, you would commit seppuku tomorrow.”
Many people leave the church because Maher’s description is also their misinterpretation. He is correct only in that God has high standards for right and wrong. Sadly, many Christians today walk away because they do not understand the hope of the Christian faith.
Cristie Jo and I are producing resources and a documentary to help educate and equip Christians in the defense of their faith.
Bill Maher is a political comedian, cultural icon of the 21st century, and television host of HBO’s “Real Time” that attracts an audience of over six million people.
- Clip courtesy of Reason Rally 2016