Thursday, September 16, 2010

Not That "Bright"

A "foul-mouthed funnyman and political commentator" again shows he's not nearly as smart as he thinks he is — Bill Maher Says Atheism Stands in Way of an Emmy. Naw, maybe it's your a**holeism. I haven't watched TV for the better part of two decades, so don't know what constitutes Emmy-worthiness, but the few clips I have seen of Mr. Maher's show, especially his making a fool of himself with Congressman Ron Paul, left me unimpressed.

About his dying coreligionist Christopher Hitchens, Mr. Mayer says, "People wish the fear that drives them their whole life would now drive him, because he's got cancer." Fear? Easy answers, like that one, are usually wrong.

"Religious people are motivated by fear, unlike us brave 'Brights,'" the argument goes. Sorry, but religious people, at least religious Americans, are just as fearless as the rest of the modern world. I don't think I've ever once heard a sermon on the fear of God, the fear of Hell, or even the fear of death. No, we suffer from the same lack of fear everyone else suffers from, and are all the poorer for it.

Maher and Hitch are not exceptional in their lack of fear. All of us are more or less fearless inhabitants of the Brave New World we've created. Some of us recognize the lack, along just about every other sentiment that once made us human, which accompanies Pascal's Apocryphal God-Shaped Vacuum.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Kevin J Jones said...

"his dying coreligionist Christopher Hitchens"

Wouldn't that be "dying co-IRreligionist"?

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No. Lack of belief in something totally untenable is a RELIGION.

7:55 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Yes, if they were agnostics, like Carl Sagan and half of Koreans, I'd call them co-irreligionists.

9:25 PM  
Anonymous Abdul Alhazred said...

I thought Bill Maher was a Ron Paul supporter...?

Haven't seen any clips of R. Paul on Maher's show, but...?

11:06 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

On Paul's first appearance, Maher spent most of the time asking about the War, not the War in Iraq but the War Between the States, a.k.a. the War of Northern Aggression, in 1865. (Paul believes it neededn't have been fought and slavery would have ended because it was economically unsound.)

Maher was mocking and it was a waste of five minutes. Then, later Maher learned about the candidate, called him a "hero," and invited back for a better interview.

People have said Maher is the kind of libertarian only interested in repealing drug laws and sanctioning gay "marriage." He has no clue to the economic or political ideas behind the philosophy.

2:43 PM  

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