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Old 04-18-2006, 01:59 AM   #16
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Sure, some funny lines. I'm a Bill maher fan, but I'm really looking foward to Ann Coulter's new book GODLESS: THE CHURCH OF LIBERALISM. Then well see if the secular left has the same sense of humor when they're the butt-end of the joke. I'm sure Maher will book her for his show.
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Old 04-18-2006, 02:03 AM   #17
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NB, look at any recent poll; 80% of Americans consider themselves Christians.
The only polling I could find said that 80% of Americans consider themselves religous, and that 80% of those people consider themselves Christian. So it would be more like 60-65% of the whole.

I wondered about the accuracy of 80% as well.
Think about it, that's 4 out of every 5 people.
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Then well see if the secular left has the same sense of humor when they're the butt-end of the joke.
Yeah, I sort of thought the same thing.
Maher speaking about paranoia among Christians, he himself sounds a bit paranoid to me.

He has a good show, but you can't watch an episode without a good healthy bash of any kind of religous person/organization.

I'm not sure he's ever been consistent in that respect. He'd rant and rave about intollerance to homosexuals or minority groups (as he should) but on the same token turn around and ridicule, openly, religous people and their beliefs.

I'm not a defender of organized religon by any means, but I like to see consistency. Maher gets good guests, asks good questions, but his comedy material is rather banal. So it's a good show, but I'm not sure if I'd ever give him credit for being fair or making any thought provoking jokes.

Contrast his style to that of the Daily Show, where the joke is implicit most of the time. Not really a need for a soap box moment, whereas Maher always takes the time to browbeat his audience with rather obvious material.

That said, I do like his show and I agree with him on several issues, I just think he lacks the tact and cleverness to really knock a rant like that out of the park. His stand-up routine is the same, banal jokes, which again, I agree politically with him on many of these points, I just think he can be unfair and inconsistent.

Thinking about it, Ann Coulter is a good friend of his, maybe he is just using hyperbole as well sometimes. I'll watch him Friday though, guess he's doing his job.
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