I don’t support religious bigotry and find Bill Maher’s attempts to ridicule spiritual cultures offensive. You can find nitwits in any culture, and they make easy targets for ridicule, but you’ll also find saints, and they make better interview subjects.
I solved the Lincoln Assassination, and one of the greatest clues aiding my investigation was the rapid execution of Mary Surratt, who operated an inn in Washington DC used by Confederate spies during the Civil War. The Radical Republicans who murdered Lincoln were convinced a quick kangaroo court and hanging of a few designated patsies would seal the case forever, but as is often the case with the use of violence, karmic blowback was inevitable, and Surratt’s murder became the bloodstain the Radical Republicans couldn’t wash out of their hands.
Sophie Scholl was 21 when she faced down Hitler’s hanging judge, refusing to repent for her open disdain for the Nazi regime, and speaking out against their total war policies.
Funny how Scholl and Surratt were both devoted Christians, and throughout history you’ll find true-hearted Christian martyrs fighting for freedom and justice across the globe. In fact, most of the internal German resistance against Hitler resided in the rank and file of the Christian religion, so while we know the Vatican Bank and Opus Dei have been corrupted, those facts don’t negate the reality this religion seems to produce more amazing bodhisattvas than most cultures. And picking on dimwitted Christians for juvenile interpretations of institutional dogmas doesn’t serve a useful purpose, any more than picking on people with low IQ’s.
So when you see people tearing down religion, saying we have to exterminate all religion off the face of the earth, stop and think before you hit that “like” button.