While discussing the government shutdown that occurred in October and the threat of another shutdown, Maher said: “I never understood why people who hate government go into government, that’s why I’m not a priest.” November 15, 2013, “Real Time with Bill Maher” [HBO], Maher attacks the Pope: In Maher’s rant, he took after the pope, Sarah Palin, and Palin’s daughter, Bristol.
No one has been more obscene, and more relentless, in attacking the pope, cardinals, bishops, and priests than Bill Maher; he does so every week on HBO.
Twenty times this year alone Maher used his platform to attack Catholics.
Our entire report, “Bill Maher’s History of Anti-Catholicism,” is available on our website under the “Special Reports.” November 22, 2013, “Real Time with Bill Maher” [HBO], Maher and guest Dan Savage on priests and gay marriage: Maher commented on gay couples who adopt children, alleging that a Hawaiian bishop said these kids had a greater chance of committing suicide.
Here is how Savage responded: “That’s total bulls***.
Many bishops responded and echoed our call for Maher to be taken off television.What bothers us about Maher is his obsession with portraying all bishops and priests—including the pope—as sexual abusers. Included here are examples of Maher’s hate speech that he spewed in 2013.He’s confusing children of gay parents with children who are raped by Catholic priests.Sorry, I am just done being lectured about children and their safety by Catholic-f***ing bishops, priests, cardinals.” Shortly thereafter, Savage again remarked about “kiddie-f***ing Catholic priests.” November 19, 2013, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” [MSNBC], on religion: Maher was a guest on the show.After Maher’s obscene attack on March 22nd, the Catholic League went to work compiling an exhaustive list of Bill Maher’s anti-Catholic remarks dating back to 1998.
It was unclear where HBO officials stood with respect to Maher’s remarks: either they agreed with what he had to say, or they were afraid of him.