Does Maher Deserve A Whipping For Slandering God?


I think it’s time to bring back blasphemy laws.

And here is why… (See video)

“… the thing that’s really disturbing about Noah isn’t that it is silly, it’s that it’s immoral. It’s about a psychotic mass murderer who gets away with it, and his name is God… What kind of tyrant punishes everyone just to get back at the few he’s mad at? I mean, besides Chris Christie.” — Bill Maher

And then he added this little ditty:

“Hey, God, you know, you’re kind of a dick when you’re in a movie with Russell Crowe and you’re the one with anger issues.” — Bill Maher.

Bill Maher is known for being an offensive anti-Christian bigot. It’s his trademark. But this time he’s gone too far. He may have protection under the First Amendment to say whatever slanderous thing that comes out of his toilet bowl brain, but that does not mean Christians should turn the other cheek.

Psalms 14:1 says, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none who does good.” And that gets to the nub of the issue.

The problem with people like Maher — and rabble like Richard Dawkins and the late burning-in-hell Christopher Hitchens — is their lack of moral character. They are what Psalm 14 says, corrupt. That is to say they are morally bankrupt men who refuse to be honest with the evidence all around them.

They start “philosophizing about life” from one fundamental place: hatred of God. The very idea of a Creator who controls all things by virtue of His power and authority makes them recoil. In fact, they hate him so much they would rather go to hell then admit he is God.

That’s what they have in common with the Devil. He hates God too. He’s so blinded by this hatred he’s convinced himself — and a legion of other fools — that there is no God and, if there is one, He is evil because everything he does is twisted and egotistical.  That is basically what Maher was saying when he accused God of being immoral by punishing the people of the world with the flood.

I realize that many evangelicals will vilify me for publicly denouncing a guy like Maher. They’ll accuse me of haughtiness, arrogance, and having an “unloving spirit.”  But I’m none of these things.

I don’t know Maher. And I have no reason to hate him. But I do know God. And Maher’s public vilification of God is the most offensive and slanderous thing I have ever heard.  Frankly, if a Christian doesn’t have a gut wrenching reaction about this, I’ve really got to question him.

Which brings me to the main point: Christians should unanimously condemn Maher. There was a time when a generation of believers actually believed in defending the honor of God and would have done just that — condemn Maher.

Back then Maher would have faced stiff penalties for his slanderous crimes against God and country. And the reasons were clear: slander the ultimate authority of a nation — God — and you ridicule the very foundation of its laws, values, public institutions and leadership.

Slander one and you slander all.

This is one reason why it is unacceptable to threaten the life of the President of the United States, or even to slander the President.

Which raises a question: If it is acceptable to slander and profane the name of God then why not publicly vilify and slander President Barack Obama?  I, for one, don’t believe in his presidency, like Maher doesn’t believe in God. And, I also think Obama is immoral, perhaps even a lunatic???

Here is an example of how America once dealt with the likes of Bill Maher.

“Be it declared and enacted by the Lieutenant Governor, Council and Representatives, convened in General Assembly, and it is enacted by the Authority of the same, that if any person shall presume willfully to blaspheme the holy Name of God, Father, Son, or Holy Ghost; either by denying, cursing or reproaching the true God; his Creation or Government of the World: or by denying, cursing, or reproaching the holy Word of God… everyone so offending shall be punished by imprisonment, not exceeding six months, and until they find sureties for good behaviours; by sitting in pillory; by whipping; boaring thorow the tongue, with a red hot iron; or sitting upon the gallows with a rope about their neck; at the discretion of the court…” — Massachusetts General Laws.

Lamentably, in 1952 the US Supreme Court decided, “It is not the business of government in our nation to suppress real or imagined attacks upon a particular religious doctrine, whether they appear in publications, speeches or motion pictures.” And ever since then atheist have freely and very publicly ridiculed God, challenged every public demonstration of Christian religion, belittled Christians and attacked every institution bequeathed to us by our Christian forebears.

But I gotta say, Maher’s comments are the most shocking and heinous public utterances of blasphemy on U.S. airwaves. And worse still, Christians — and especially Christian leaders — have said very little.

America is hanging on by a thin thread of longsuffering divine justice. The pugnacious degenerate Bill Maher may think blasphemy is a laughing matter. The nation of America may think it can hide behind the First Amendment. And Christians may falsely think they are demonstrating Christlike love by remaining quiet in the face of profligate profanity.

But mark my word, a day of reckoning is coming. God is very clear. Exodus 20:7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”

If we are unwilling to hold blasphemers accountable, the almighty judge of the world will.

I’m Tristan Emmanuel and I make no apologies.

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  • John

    Would tristan be willing to step up and do the whipping?

    • http://Barbwire Oscar

      Please forget about this sad article and go elsewhere for Christian opinion, sir. If I was not clear above, Tristan Emmanuel does not reprensent well his Lord. This is not normal Christian thought. He was way out of bounds here, and doesn’t speak for the vast majority of the church. We are just as offended as you by this pathetic piece.

  • vorpal

    What a load of tripe.

    Quoting Psalm 14 is just silly. Surprise, surprise. A religious text says that those who don’t buy into the religion are fools. No one saw that coming.

    I’m an ex-Christian now-atheist, and I can tell you that I don’t hate the idea of a creator god watching over us. In fact, that’s actually quite a comforting idea, and if I had any valid, evidence-based reason to believe it other than wishful thinking, I would.

    • http://Barbwire Oscar

      Yes, this was a load of tripe, but for reasons differing from yours. I have explained it elsewhere and don’t need to list them all again.

      There is no such thing as an ex-Christian. You either never were, or still are. It is obvious it is not the second, therefore it must be the first.

      Observations: You appear a very intelligent and well-spoken individual, but who is totally self-absorbed. You also seem absolutely obsessed by your favorite sin. Am I correct?

      • Nobody Cares

        The guy who spent his Saturday replying to every comment on this article calls other people self-absorbed and obsessed.

        Observation: You don’t know the definition of hypocrisy.

  • vorpal

    (Oh, I’m also well-aware that people here will think that I rejected god so that I was free to wallow in my “homosexual sin”, but I will tell you with complete honesty: if I had any good reason to believe in a god, I would – without hesitation – change my life however required by that god. I would absolutely, in a heartbeat, pledge myself to a life of chaste celibacy if required. It wouldn’t be particularly difficult, as I have a rather low libido anyway. However, a 2000 year old book written by humans that discusses an invisible god that contradicts reality is not a valid basis, IMO, for faith. Your mileage may vary.)

    • http://Barbwire Oscar

      There ARE valid reasons, and you admit you once had them. Your posts are full of vile attacks on a God and His Word, that you claim you don’t believe in, yet are evidence you really DO. If you didn’t, you’d go your own way and be indifferent to what others believe. You don’t, therefore you really aren’t.

      Your posts give away much evidence that you are close to the Kingdom, but violently battling against entering because you are comfortable in your chosen sin.

      Your posts contain much evidence that you are thinking about, and struggling with, the idea you might have ONCE BEEN RIGHT, earlier, and that you are wrong, now.

      Your posts indicate a person that desperately wishes to convince himself and others he is clever, but really isn’t at all, and he knows that.

      Your posts reveal that you want to be seen as a person very sure of himself and his positions, yet offer a ton of evidence that you are not.

  • Karen

    Couldn’t agree more. Apparently god is persecuted and needs protection from some clown in Canada. And this sentiment — “Frankly, if a Christian doesn’t have a gut wrenching reaction about this, I’ve really got to question him” — is about as succinct an example of self-aggrandizing, judgmental dickwad moralizing as one might imagine.

  • Stefanie

    It’s so funny how these people hate Sharia law and Muslims and Iran, yet have no problem with hypocritically demanding the same batpoop crazy laws for their own religion because apparently Jesus if more credible than Allah.

    Nothing says “you’re saying untrue things about my God being evil and murderous” like advocating for cruel and murderous punishments for a guy who simply doesn’t believe in the same thing you do.

    I think Matt Barber is single handedly trying to destroy Christianity by posting things that make Christians not only seem absolutely psychotic, but blissfully unaware of how hypocritical they sound. You all screamed and screamed about the First Amendment with the Duck Dynasty dude, now, when some comedian says something (accurately) insulting about your God, you don’t seem to care much for that sacred amendment that you cleave to when you want to insult gays. Good job guys, keep up the stupidity and double standards! You’re doing nothing but helping push LGBT and women’s equality forward faster! Thanks!!

  • patrick

    Oscar, you have surprised me. I never expected a reasonable voice to appear when I came to this website to rebut Emmanuel’s vicious rant. I am an unbeliever, but I’m not anti-Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc. I’m anti-hate. You seem to be the type of Christian I can respect; not agree with, but respect.

  • DavidQ

    Joseph Stricklan’s argument holds far more water than yours, Oscar. He’s arguing from a position of some certainty. Yours is a position of unfounded, blind faith. If “faith” is your argument, that’ fine, but you lose the high ground to tell others that their arguments are rooted in weak foundations. Joseph has all of the planet’s existence and everything that natural science tells us backing up his claim that there is no day of reckoning in the offing. You’ve got a man-made text that’s a few thousand years old and was written with the sole intent of exerting moral control on savages.

  • Robin

    If the Christian Church continues to allow the kind of speech that Tristan Emmanuel keeps pushing without admonishing him, then truly the Church is headed down the EXACT same trail that fundamentalist Islam has traveled. Bringing back blasphemy laws is the EXACT thing that distinguishes Sharia law from the Gospel.

    In Galations, false teachers were trying to persuade the church to return to the Law. Doing so perverts Christ’s work on the cross and His resurrection.

  • Frank L

    These religious phonies never end their attempts to get attention. The more of the crazed faithful that he can get to listen to him the more money he makes. It’s just an old, dirty game.

  • Robin

    Oscar – I am a Jesus seeking, peace loving LGBT person…there are a lot more like me than “violent homosexuals”. We are concerned about reaching the poor with the love of Christ through caring for their physical needs- food, clothing, shelter and medicine. Just wanted to let you know we aren’t all like you have perceived or may have experienced. And I’m sorry if that is what you have experienced.

    Also thank you for your thoughtful comment in regards to this article. My deep concern is that instead of leading people into a relationship with Christ and God, that the message this article pushes only further turns away a generation who increasingly is leaving organized faith.
    Peace and Blessings.