Friday night on his HBO series Real Time, comedian and social commentator Bill Maher ended his show with a biting monologue on the similarities between Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (R-Mn) and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. While Maher is unsurprised that, while many people think Bachmann is a loon for making wild and supernaturally-tinged accusations (such as she did again in an Oct. 9 interview), they largely look at Justice Scalia as a “serious intellectual” even when he does the same thing… as he did in an interview with New York magazine this week.
That’s when he told interviewer Jennifer Senior that the Devil is a real entity who’s still working his evil all over the world. He also told Senior that it was curious that “in the Gospels, the Devil is doing all sorts of things. He’s making pigs run off cliffs, he’s possessing people and whatnot. And that doesn’t happen very much anymore.” Scalia explained that this was because the Devil has gotten “wilier” over the years and now works “in getting people not to believe in him or in God. He’s much more successful that way.”
The congresswoman and the Supreme Court justice are “the exact same idiot,” according to Mahrer.
Maher pointed out that Scalia sometimes calls people like himself, “fools for Christ.”
“You know, whether you're 'fools for Christ' or cuckoo for Coco Puffs, I really don’t care why someone acts like a fool,” said Mahrer, “just that they do... and when they do, we keep them away from decision-making. It would be one thing if Mr. Scalia sold pizza for a living, but this is a man we go to to interpret our laws. It’s like smelling a gas leak and calling for an exorcist.”
“Here’s the problem with believing the Devil exists,” concluded Maher. “It means you see the world divided into teams of good and evil and suspect the wily one may be on the side of them, and when you start seeing compromising with your opponents as a compromise with evil, well, there’s your Tea Party.”
You can hear Bill Maher’s remarks in their entirety in the video on this page.
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