by Allan Erickson 10.5.08
Although he doesn’t know it, Bill Maher is a man of faith.
He has faith his audience will sustain him no matter what comes out of his mouth on Friday nights.
He has faith his money will be good at the Playboy mansion.
He has faith his brain stem will continue to regulate his metabolism, blood flow, respiration, brain function.
He has faith Time Warner and HBO will protect him from the Catholic Church.
He has faith Todd Palin is not vindictive.
Bill has faith people will forget his crude remarks about 9/11.
He has faith no one of significance will hold him accountable for his seditious lies.
Bill Maher has faith there is no God, and if it turns out there is, Bill has faith he won’t be held accountable.
Bill has faith his movie will have an impact but the statistics so far contradict that faith, indicating Bill is only preaching to the choir. *
He has faith when he dies, that is all there is to it, there is no hell.
When Jesus Christ asks him, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul?”, Bill has faith that Christ is wrong, he will not lose his soul.
Yet, even if one removes eternity from consideration, the faith of Bill Maher remains entirely self-centered, belying an immaturity and self-focus which are entirely antagonistic to a sense of community, the idea of people working for the greatest good for the greatest number.
Good luck with that faith of yours, Bill. You’ll need it, or not. Believe it or not, many people of faith are praying for your soul, praying you’ll turn before God runs out of patience.
* “An American Carol” – Weekend box office $3.8 M, 1,639 theatres, viewer grade “B”, released Oct. 3, cost to produce $20M
“Religulous” – Weekend box office $3.5 M, 502 theatres, viewer grade “C”, released Oct. 1, cost to produce information not released
“Fireproof” – Total box office thus far, $12.5M, 839 theatres, viewer grade “B”, released Sept. 26, cost to produce, $500,000