Real Time With Bill Maher

Season 4 Episode 7

March 31, 2006

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 31, 2006 on HBO
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March 31, 2006
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Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.
Actor/comedian Robert Wuhl, actor Seth Green, author Erica Jong, Univision anchorman Jorge Ramos, and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher join Bill for a discussion of this week's events.

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      • Bill Maher: Time for New Rules, everybody! New Rules.

        All right. New Rule: For the rest of his trial, Saddam Hussein has to be put in that Hannibal Lecter thing. It'll cut down on the outbursts. Plus, we need him to look evil. Instead of what he looks like right now: a viable option.

        New Rule: Let me handle the New Rules! The NFL—the "No Fun League"—this week, banned any prolonged or excessive end zone dances. No dropping to the ground and no group celebrations. Although group sex later on a boat, fine. But, come on, when a man does something truly heroic, like carry a little ball across a line—shouldn't he be allowed to dance? This is—this is America in the age of Bush. What part of "Gloating is good" don't you get?

        New Rule: There is a place to stop the dancing, and that would be in commercials. Folks, if furniture polish makes you dance around the house, you're drinking too much of it. If you're waltzing with the Domino's guy, or if your hay fever medication causes you to air-tango in a wheat field—perhaps you've accidentally slipped yourself a "roofy." Besides, if you really want people dancing around your house, do what I did: put in a stripper pole. I did not...It came with the house.

        New Rule: If you think Andy Card was the problem, there aren't enough air holes in your bubble. For months, people have been telling the president someone has to go. And that someone...is Andy Card? Yeah, let's hold onto the torture guy, the no-armor guy, the Katrina guy, the guy who exposes CIA agents, and the guy who shoots old men in the face.

        No, the real problem was this monster, Andy Card. Who wants to spend more time with his family because they've never heard of him either!

        And finally, New Rule: People who run everything can't complain that they're underdogs. To whit, this week, there was a highly-attended conference in Washington called "The War on Christians." Because nothing quite says "I'm oppressed," like the opulent Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

        Ah, yes, whatever happened to that plucky little cult, Christianity? Oh, that's right, they're 80% of the American people, and have taken over all three branches of government, country music, public schools, the bestseller list, and until recently, Katie Holmes. You know, Christians, I don't mind that you're part of a dress-up cult that hates sex and worships magic but the paranoia, that does scare me.

        Did you know that the Missouri legislature recently felt the need to propose a resolution declaring Christianity Missouri's majority religion. No kidding. Really, you mean people ar

        en't saying, "Gosh, I'd like to go to Missouri, but...to Jewish." In Savannah, recently, a children's book about a baby penguin who is raised by two male penguins - ahh! - was removed from the library for its homosexual overtones. Because you know penguins, in those tuxedos, with the dreamy eyes. Huge fags!

        The Christian right are now officially the party of paranoia. Secularists are attacking Christmas! Gays are attacking marriage! Liberals are attacking values! White girls are being abducted at an alarming rate! You know, if you're going to be that paranoid all the time, just get high.

        And the worst part is, the people bitching loudest about being persecuted for their Christianity aren't Christians at all. They're demagogues and conmen and scolds. And the only thing they worship is power. If you believe Jesus ever had a good word for war or torture or tax cuts for the rich, or raping the earth, or refusing water to dying migrants, then you might as well believe bunnies lay painted eggs.

        And Jesus - and Jesus never said a word about gay marriage. He was much too busy hanging out with 12 guys. Now - now I know George Bush says Jesus Christ changed his heart. But believe me, Dick Cheney changed it back. The only thing Bush has in common with Jesus is they both went into their father's business and got crucified for it.

        Thomas Jefferson called the type of Christian who trumpets his own belief in the divinity of Jesus rather than the morality of Jesus "pseudo-Christians." And that's who's running our country today. And since they thrive so much on turning water into "whining"—and get off on their endless pretend persecution, this Easter season, let's give them what they want. Let's go to the zoo, get some lions, and feed them Tom DeLay.

        All right. That's our show. I want to thank my guests: Seth Green, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Erica Jong, Robert Wuhl and Jorge Ramos. Thank you very much, folks. We'll see you next week.

      • Jorge Ramos: Well, first of all, I wouldn't call them "illegals," because, by saying that, maybe many people assume that they are criminals or terrorists. And they have absolutely nothing to do with 9/11. Another misconception is that undocumented immigrants do not contribute enough to the economy. And that's quite the contrary. I mean, the latest study that I saw from the National Academy of Sciences says that most immigrants, both legal and undocumented, contribute about $10 billion to the economy of the United States every single year.

      • Rep. Dana Rohrabacher: Look, I agree with you 100%. Half of the Republican Party has too close an association with big business. But, remember, none of the Democrats ever vote right on illegal immigration. The fact is, the Democrats try to exploit these poor people who come across, politically. A lot of Republicans are exploiting them financially.

      • About Pres. Bush
        Bill Maher: He was saying that we have to secure our borders, and that it's not right to prosper in America and not learn to speak English. But enough about him.

      • Robert Wuhl: It depends who is telling the story. I mean, you can get - if the most popular person, pop culture figure of that time, decides he wants to tell the story that way, you might find out that George W. Bush was the most articulate statesman the world has ever known, that Al Gore did invent the Internet, that Michael Jackson was the only normal one among us all. So who's telling the story?

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