Comedian Bill Maher took his anti-religion, anti-conservative views off HBO and into the mainstream Sept. 13 during an appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show." Maher told host Jay Leno he's against the Ground Zero Mosque, because he's "against a mosque anywhere. I'm against a church anywhere, or a Hindu temple or a synagogue."
Maher declared that houses of worship are "places that people go to retell nonsense stories from a time before men understood what a germ or an atom was, or where the sun went at night. They try to telepathically communicate with their imaginary friend. These are places that fleece people, and scare people and they perpetuate mass delusion. We shouldn't build any of them."
But Maher conceded that because the First Amendment protects freedom of religion, "they should be able to build them anywhere."
He also attacked conservatives and Sarah Palin, calling her an "evil dingbat."
Maher, 54, referred to the Tea Party as "the Pee Party," describing members as "nativist bed-wetters who somehow control our national dialogue."
"They're just, they're afraid of a mosque being built inNew York," he said. "They're afraid of guns. You know, they think Obama, who like every other pussy Democrat, has never said a single word about gun control, but they're very sure that he, he and his negro army are coming after, coming after their guns. You know what? If you think he's coming after your guns, you need to get out of your chat room, and have your house tested for lead. He's not coming after your guns or your Bible or your fishing pole or your chewing tobacco and there's not a monster under your bed. That's the ab lounger you ordered and never used."
Maher did acknowledge one difference between Christians and Muslims many in the media overlook.
"They have nuts and we have nuts," Maher said, talking about Muslims and presumably non-Muslims. "Their nuts are a lot more numerous and lot more violent. That mouth breather down inFlorida who was going to burn a Koran, what would have happened? Nothing. To retaliate, you know, they could have burned our most sacred book, ‘Eat, Pray, Love.;" No, they could have burned the Bible and nothing would have happened, okay? So you have to recognize that difference, too."