HBO host Bill Maher wants to know when Christian values changed from “love thy neighbor” to the philosophy of “f**k off and die.”
On Friday night’s episode of “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Maher said there are Christians who claim they would do anything to help the needy, if only it wouldn't lead to a "culture of dependency."
“New rule: It’s okay if you don’t want to feed the hungry or heal the sick or house the homeless. Just don’t say you’re doing it for their own good,” he said showing an image of Congressional Republicans.
“Don’t say you’d like to help but your hands are tied,” he continued, “because if you did, it would cause a culture of dependency or go against the Bible or — worst of all — rob them of their freedom to be sick and hungry.”
“Just admit you’re selfish,” he said, “and based on how little your beliefs mirror the actual teachings of Jesus you might as well claim to worship Despicable Me.”
He devoted the segment to the religious right because food stamp cuts went into affect this week and Tennessee Rep. Stephen Fincher, R-Frog Jump, justified the cuts by quoting the Bible.
“'The one who does not work, shall not eat,’” Maher quoted.
Fincher, who has received millions in farm subsidies, said the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program must be cut over too much waste and abuse.
The passage Fincher quoted, “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat,” was referring to Christians who halted work in anticipation of the Second Coming of Christ, not because they were lazy.
“It reminded me,” Maher said, “that I keep seeing stories in the new of Christians stiffing servers in restaurants.”
He cited an Applebee’s server in Missouri who received a note on a check from a church pastor that read, “I give God 10 percent. Why do you get 18?”
“This is what Jesus would do?” Maher asked. “I doubt it. I think what Jesus would do is move the hell out that part of Missouri.”
Another server in Kansas was left no tip. He received a note from the table of Christians that said they couldn’t tip him because his “homosexual lifestyle is an affront to God.”
“I would just like to point out,” Maher said, “that not tipping your gay waiter will not make him put his penis in a woman. It will make him put his penis is your pasta primavera.”
He said there are fake $10 bills being left on tables in lieu of tips in the Bible Belt that say on the back, “Some things are better than money. Like your eternal salvation that was bought and paid for by Jesus going to the cross.”
He said GOP Congressmen and other nominal Christians in the U.S. live by the code: “I believe in charity, just not for people who need it.”
“Yes,” he said, “there’s always a good moral Christian way to tell everyone you meet to f**k off and die.”
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