On a recent installment of his show, Maher took issue with something that Glenn Beck had shared with the public. Maher groused that Beck had said that before he got married his then- fiancé wanted to pick out a religion. Maher said the idea of choosing one’s faith is “… crazy in adulthood,” distinguishing it from faith that is “forced into your head as a child.” He has described religion as a “neurological disorder” that justifies “crazies” and prevents people from thinking logically.
It’s actually quite the opposite. Religious faith is a natural expression for human beings. We intuitively seek something greater than ourselves to secure our purpose in life and give meaning to our existence.
On his shows, Maher often argues that religion is the cause of many of society’s ills.
As G.K. Chesterton noted, history is empirical proof of man’s fallen nature. The problems Maher attributes to religion are instead caused by human failures.
Before the advent of monotheism, the world was a far more brutal place. Whenever societies have cast out the very religion that Maher bemoans, an increase in violence and destruction has been the inevitable result. The French Revolution, Third Reich, Communist regimes and the like have left a gruesome and bloody trail. This may be one of the reasons that Maher seems a bit confused as to whether he should don the atheist label.
He told the London Times, “I’m not an atheist, though, because the belief that there is no God only mirrors the certitude of religion. No, I’m saying that doubt is the only appropriate response for human beings.” However, Maher also referred to himself as an “outspoken atheist” in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
The liberties that Maher enjoys, including the freedom to be a believer one day and a doubter or denier the next, are the same liberties that are emblazoned in our nation’s birth certificate and are openly proclaimed to have come from God, the same God that the talk show host rails against.
These “unalienable rights” are a gift from our Creator.