There is nothing that Bill Maher can say about Catholics that will elicit a rebuke from his guests. When he occasionally attacks Muslims, there is some blowback. He never goes after others—gays, for instance—so he has nothing to worry about. Here is what he said on Friday night in front of his compliant guest, political operative and Roman Catholic Paul Begala:
“I see that liberals, they talk about guns—I’m not a gun expert but I see a lot of people talking about guns who don’t know s*** about guns. I know a little. It’s like when the pope talks about vaginas.”
“Three weeks later [after the Keebler elves got a Twitter account], look at some of the tweets from this guy @popefrancis: ‘at least my big dumb hat gets me p***y.'”
The bar has been dropped so low in this country that there are few standards left. Not so in the Caribbean. 50 Cent performed Saturday night at the St. Kitts Music Festival, spouting his usual profanities. But this time his repeated use of the word “motherf*****” got him arrested for using “indecent language.”
That’s what happens in countries that draw a distinction between the sacred and the profane. In this country, we used to ban blasphemy and celebrate Christianity—now we ban crèches and celebrate Maher. Only the morally destitute would argue we are better off.
Contact Keith Cocozza, senior VP communications, Time Warner: firstname.lastname@example.org