Malevolent Maher (Part II)

Continued from Part I:

Bill Maher is only one example of the growing cacophony of elite intellectuals who use the excuses of bashing religions for past or current offences to imply that anyone who has faith in some deity is somehow less than intelligent or rational.

From his own Wikipedia:
In 2002 he told the Onion AV Club, “I’m not an atheist. There’s a really big difference between an atheist and someone who just doesn’t believe in religion. Religion to me is a bureaucracy between man and God that I don’t need. But I’m not an atheist, no. I believe there’s some force. If you want to call it God… I don’t believe God is a single parent who writes books”.

Looking that the quote above, it would seem Mr. Maher says it is possible to believe in a higher power, at least in 2002. Now, on his April 2008 Real Time with Bill Maher show; he equates believing in a man who “can fly to heaven” as the same as being a crazy person. Some where along the way, he seems to have become atheistic. Further evidence of his switch is his support of The Reason Project. The title and only page of The Reason Project reads:

The Reason Project is a charitable foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. The Reason Project will draw on the talents of prominent and creative thinkers in a wide range of disciplines — science, law, literature, entertainment, information technology, etc. — to encourage critical thinking and wise public policy. It will convene conferences, produce films, sponsor scientific research and opinion polls, award grants to other non-profit organizations, and offer material support to religious dissidents and public intellectuals
— all with the purpose of eroding the influence of dogmatism, superstition, and bigotry in our world.

While there may not be explicit language saying belief or faith is stupidity, the promotion of secular values in society definitely works with the title of the project to make the implication.

Mr. Maher, we are not fooled by your guises. You may include a token Christian in your debates who also happens to be a professor, but everyone watching saw your disdain for his faith. I don’t know where we as a society lost the ability to be both intelligent and faithful. We have experienced many betrayals by those in religious authority, but that does not cancel out the good experienced by all. We have had people who are public figures profess religion and act opposite to the faith they hold, but that does not erase the charity, compassion, and life changing love given by countless others in the same name of those faiths.

For those who have forgotten that faith does not equal idiocy, here is a short list of Christians of Reason, that have since been called founders of modern science and thought. I included quotes from those that might be called agnostic or atheist, and since the quotes are well-known I did not include the source. I also included brief descriptions for those less publicly known.

In no particular order—–

JRR Tolkien
C.S. Lewis
Sir George Williams (YMCA Founder)
Abraham Lincoln
George Washington
John Adams
Patrick Henry
Christopher Columbus
Samuel Morse
Isaac Newton (father of modern physics)
Orville Wright
Wilbur Wright
Henry F. Schaefer”Fritz” – Current Leading theoretical physicist
Rustum Roy – Current Leading Materials Scientist
Nicolaus Copernicus
Galileo Galilei
“Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.”
Johannes Kepler – astronomer
“Since we astronomers are priests of the highest God in regard to the book of nature, it befits us to be thoughtful, not of the glory of our minds, but rather, above all else, of the glory of God.”
Blaise Pascal
“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creater, made known through Jesus Christ.” (Pensees)
Lord Kelvin (as is degrees Kelvin aka- the scientific standard of temperature measurement)

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