On Friday’s episode of Real Time, Bill Maher called for the U.S. to crack down on taxes for not only corporations but for churches too.
Maher explains that these 300,000 organizations “pay no tax. No federal, state or local, no income sales or property tax. And they own $600 billion dollars in property.”
Why, in heaven’s name, don’t we tax religion?” he asked. “A sexist, homophobic magic act that’s been used to justify everything from genital mutilation to genocide. You want to raise the tax on tobacco so kids don’t get cancer, OK. But let’s put one on Sunday school so they don’t get stupid.
Maher pointed out that atheists and agnostics account for 22 percent of the American population.
Almost a quarter of us are being forced to subsidize a myth that we’re not buying into. Why am I subsidizing their Sunday morning hobby? They don’t subsidize mine,” he stated, before showing a photo of himself with a bong.
Maher added that when it comes to young people, another 35 “want nothing to do with religion” while the rest “worship an ancient Jew born over 2,000 years ago — Bernie Sanders.”
Finally, Maher explained why, in his humble opinion, religion is losing its hold in the U.S.
Americans are losing their religion, because they’re catching on the religions do much more harm than good. Who enabled child sex abuse for centuries? What’s the common thread between ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, and most other terrorist groups in the world?
Who’s behind the new law in Mississippi, that says that Mississippi now cannot, among other things, force a baker to bake for a gay wedding? Because in Mississippi, if you don’t put it in the right hole, you don’t get cake.
Watch Maher call out religion and its tax-free status here:
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