Bill Maher took on the Tea Party brand of ‘Christian values’ in his New Rules segment on this week’s Real Time telling them that it is time for them to, “just admit you’re selfish,” and stop pretending that it is their “Christianity” that tells them they should withhold any kind of aid to the poor.
Just about everyone has heard some TEA party republican at one time or another quote 2nd Thessalonians 3:10, “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, If any will not work, neither let him eat,” as a justification for eliminating all safety net programs, welfare, Medicaid or SNAP. They always claim that they are being kind by advocating this because these people, or as they more often put it in order to denote that they are somehow inferior, those people, have no incentive to go to work as long as they are living large on the government.
Bill, never one to allow the hypocrisy of the religious right to go unchallenged, called on them to be honest about what they are really saying, and pointing out that they are not following the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Beginning the monologue as always by issuing his “New Rule” he says,
“It’s okay if you don’t want to feed the hungry or heal the sick or house the homeless, just don’t say you’re doing it for their own good. Don’t say you’d like to help people but your hands are tied because if you did it would cause a culture of dependency, or go against the Bible, or worst of all, rob them of their freedom — to be sick and hungry.”
Maher suggests that since their beliefs are so far removed from the teachings of Jesus they might as well be worshiping Despicable Me.
Maher goes on to explain that he is bringing this up because of comments made by TEApublican Steve Fincher (R-TN) in which he cited the quote from Thessalonians to justify the recent cuts in SNAP benefits. Bill said that it reminded him of the stories he has been seeing in the news about ‘Christians’ who are stiffing servers in restaurants.
He cites the one about the Applebee’s waitress in Missouri who received a note from a pastor she had waited on telling her, “I give God 10%, why do you get 18%?” Bill says that he doubts that this is what Jesus would do and opines that he thinks what Jesus would do is to get out of Missouri, post haste.
He then talks about the phony $10 bill that ‘Christians’ in the Bible Belt have taken to leaving for their servers. On one side it looks like the real thing, but on the other it says, “Some things are better than money, like your eternal salvation that was bought and paid for by Jesus going to the cross.” Bill has a great suggestion for those bills, he says take it to church and leave it in the offering plate on Sunday.
He also remarks on the note left in Kansas by a ‘Christian’ family for their server, who they knew to be gay saying, “Thank you for your service, it was excellent. That being said, we cannot in good conscience tip you, for your homosexual lifestyle is an affront to GOD. Queers do not share in the wealth of GOD, and you will not share in ours.” As Bill points out they repeated the words not share twice to, “really drive home that they’ve absorbed the message of Jesus.”
Maher correctly observes that there are many true Christians who are willing to share and help the disadvantaged, who actually do follow the teachings of Jesus, but that ‘religious’ conservatives can always find a reason why, as much as they would like to help out, they just can’t do it in good conscience. They are the ones who say, “I believe in charity, just not for people who need it.”
You can watch it all in the video below.