Tuesday, February 15, 2005

God Bless Bill Maher

From Larry King Live, last night:

MAHER: They really do. They love the idea that a guy who was drunk until he was 40, but then through the love of a good woman and Jesus Christ, he found his calling of his life.

KING: But why is he...

MAHER: Destroying the ecosystem of planet Earth. But go ahead.

KING: But if that's true, he believes it to be true, stopped him from drinking, saved his marriage, why is that bad?

MAHER: It's not bad. Except that he's the leader of the free world. I don't think the rest of us should have to undergo the same sort of conversion, and I don't know if it's the best guiding principle for policy. You know, I read very disturbing things about how in this country they're not even teaching evolution anymore, or they have to teach two versions of evolution. You know, the one that is agreed by every scientist in the world, and the other one that has to do with snakes and naked ladies. What century are we living in? What country is this? We have to pretend in this idea of what do they call it? Some -- I can't remember the phrase, but they have some word for -- intelligent design, which is a sneaky way of saying, OK, you know, we sort of believe in evolution, but really it's God. God's involved.

Whatever. You know, why don't you just tell me that water boils at 400 degrees? It's a nice, even number. It's just not scientifically true. Why can't we have a country that's run by science? Why can't we have just one of those parties? That's what I mean about the Democrats. Why can't we have one party that says, OK, we're going to run it by God and religion and one party that says, you know, we have another way, science and rationality. That's who we are as Democrats. But I don't see...


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