I’m surprised I haven’t seen any comments here about Bill’s godless 2 cents at the Oscars. It was great, except for the silence that fell on the crowd after his shout out, aside from a few crickets chirping in the distance. Even liberal Hollywood, who cheered for the Milk acceptance speeches and the anti-prop 8 statements, didn’t seem to back Bill’s jokes. How come when the religious demonize homosexuals it starts a heated debate, but when someone calls out religion, everybody clams up and looks at their shoes? Why don’t people make the connection that homophobes = the religious? I just don’t get it.

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Comment by Odd Innuendo on February 25, 2009 at 12:37am
I guess it was a typical act of political correctness by the celebs? Tip-toeing around religion as not to get too much bad publicity?
Comment by Jerry on February 24, 2009 at 8:36pm
I watched very little of the Oscars, but did see Bill Maher's short introductory monologue, and it was too bad that the audience, even though probably less religious than the general public, sat on their collective hands when Maher made mention of his documentary. They all seem to fear, or want to avoid the appearance of being in any way anti-religious. I love the way Bill Maher mocks religion and have more respect for him than all those hypocrites put together. We need more like him in the public eye.
Comment by cj the cynic on February 24, 2009 at 5:12pm
Thanks for posting the transcript. It's brilliant.
Comment by zeeman barzell on February 24, 2009 at 4:49pm
cj- Yeah, I was also disappointed by Dustin Lance Black's "god loves the homos too" comment. Gimme a break. It reminds me of that David Chapelle sketch where the blind black guys join the KKK. Ridiculous.
Comment by zeeman barzell on February 24, 2009 at 4:41pm
Here is a transcript of Sunday night's remarks(which were made following the acceptance by Heath Ledger's family):

Bill Maher: Thank you very much. Everyone's crying and now I have to go on. (laughter) But the film you just watched was created by Albert Maysles, who with his brother David (applause) brought us classics like GIMME SHELTER and GREY GARDENS. Thank you Albert and David Maysles. (applause)

Now, as a producer and star of a documentary of my own this year, the one about religion that didn't get nominated. I know, it's a touchy subject, but some day we all do have confront the notion that our silly gods cost the world too greatly. But there I go ruining the ending. (nervous laughter)

But I'm very grateful I live in a country where I could even put this film out. And I appreciate more than ever the documentarians and the impact their films can have. For the documentary filmmakers truly are our windows to the world. They give us a candid look beyond our own circumstances. They give us the truth and make us aware of the greater humanity around us.

I wish you would join me in applauding and thanking all the documentarians. We should go see their movies more, starting with mine.
Comment by Buffy on February 24, 2009 at 3:48pm
There's that bizarre double standard again. People can say pretty much whatever they want in the name of religion, but you're never supposed to say anything against religion because it is religion. It's high time we blast that to hell, because that standard isn't used for any other ideology (politics, philosophy, psychology, etc.). Religion needs to stop getting special treatment.
Comment by cj the cynic on February 24, 2009 at 3:28pm
I hadn't heard about Bill Maher on the Oscars until now. I guess the discrepancy comes from the fact that atheists rank dead last after gays on US surveys of who shares the "American vision". For many liberals, religious extremism is seen as undesirable, but most still think that a little faith or a liberal religion is still well and good. Even the Oscar acceptance speech by the gay writer of Milk included thanks to god and statements that god does love gays. It disappointed me personally. I wish I knew how to get through to fellow LGBTQ people that all religion is irrational and undesirable in a sane society.

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