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VI. Religion, Slammed by Non-News Media Celebrities
For many years, the leading entertainers in New York and Hollywood have ridiculed the American majority, accusing them of holding religious beliefs that have led to violence, extremism, and cults of ‚Äúorganized pedophilia.‚ÄĚ From their very prosperous perch, celebrities often knock religious figures for self-righteous arrogance, and never consider if that‚Äôs the impression they give the public.
‚ÄúI wondered to myself during ‚ÄėShock and Awe,‚Äô I wondered which of the megaton bombs Jesus, our President‚Äôs personal savior, would have personally dropped on the sleeping families of Baghdad?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Actress Meryl Streep at a John Kerry fundraiser, as quoted by the July 9, 2004 Boston Globe.
‚ÄúI‚Äôd 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‚Äôs right, the Pope is coming to America....If you have a few hundred followers, and you let some of them molest children, they call you a cult leader. If have a billion, they call you ‚ÄėPope.‚Äô It‚Äôs like, if you can‚Äôt pay your mortgage, you‚Äôre a deadbeat. But if you can‚Äôt pay a million mortgages, you‚Äôre Bear Stearns and we bail you out. And that is who the Catholic Church is: the Bear Stearns of organized pedophilia.... The Church‚Äôs attitude: ‚ÄėWe‚Äôre here, we‚Äôre queer, get used to it,‚Äô which is fine. Far be it for me to criticize religion.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Bill Maher on HBO‚Äôs Real Time, April 11, 2008.
‚ÄúI mean, if there was an organization, let‚Äôs just say the- you know, the- I don‚Äôt want to say that, but the Boys‚Äô Club, or one of the- you know, had the history of child abuse- you know, child torture and rape that the Catholic Church has, would you ever give money to the Boys‚Äô Club or the Girls‚Äô Club?...I‚Äôm saying that, to support an organization that- at the top of the infrastructure, are people willing to ignore the mass child abuse and torture and sexual molestation of its own constituents. I mean, it‚Äôs almost like when you read about- you know, cults, Jonestown and all these cults- that they allow- you know, sexual perversity and sexual behavior.
‚ÄĒ Rosie O‚ÄôDonnell on the April 5, 2010 edition of her satellite radio show.
‚ÄúI mean, when society as a whole has told -- has basically told the kids that it‚Äôs okay, that we‚Äôre a group that you can pick on, that you that don‚Äôt have to treat as equal. In the laws and everything else that‚Äôs out here, in the churches that they preach that homophobia [sic] is wrong. You pretty much have given kids permission to disrespect and, you know, and to cause harm to the gay and lesbian community.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Wanda Sykes on CNN‚Äôs Piers Morgan Tonight, October 4, 2010. (This is the same performer who ‚Äújoked‚ÄĚ in front of the president that she hoped Rush Limbaugh‚Äôs kidneys failed and he died.)
‚ÄúAre you watching these debates? I mean, yes, the politicians are bad, but the people who egg them on. There, these crowds cheering for executions, cheering for letting people without health insurance die. In today‚Äôs Republican Party there‚Äôs a term for people who hate charity and love killing: Christian.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Bill Maher on his Real Time program on HBO, September 16, 2011.