Kristen Fyfe

On the April 11 episode of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, self-admitted atheist Maher slandered Pope Benedict XVI in the name of comedy. 

Maher said Pope Benedict is the “cult leader” of a “child-abusing religious cult.”

Regular viewers of his program were not surprised by the verbal assault since Maher has made no secret of his loathing for religion in general and the Catholic Church in particular.  The comments are just the latest in a long history of hate-filled “comedy” from Maher.

On April 11 Maher compared the Pope and the Catholic Church to the polygamist cult in Texas that has been in the news recently. Here is a partial transcript of what Maher said:

“Whenever a cult leader sets himself up as God’s infallible wingman, here on Earth, lock away the kids. Which is why I’d like to tip off law enforcement to an even larger child-abusing religious cult. Its leader also has a compound, and this guy not only operates outside the bounds of the law, but he used to be a Nazi and he wears funny hats. That’s right, the Pope is coming to America this week and ladies, he’s single!

“Now I know what you’re thinking: ‘Bill, you shouldn’t be saying that the Catholic Church is no better than this creepy Texas cult.’ For one thing, altar boys can’t even get pregnant. But really, what tripped up the little cult on the prairie was that they only abused hundreds of kids, not thousands, all over the world. Cults get raided, religions get parades. How does the Catholic Church get away with all of their buggery? Volume, volume, volume!”

Maher went on to say that before Benedict became the pope he “wrote a letter instructing every Catholic bishop to keep the sex abuse of minors secret until the statute of limitations ran out. And that’s the Church’s attitude: ‘We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it.’”

As the Catholic League for Religious Freedom noted in a press release April 14, before he became the pope, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger “had absolutely nothing to do with the policing allegations of sexual abuse until 2002, after the scandal erupted.”

Kristen Fyfe

Kristen Fyfe is senior writer at the Culture and Media Institute, a division of the Media Research Center.

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