Jewish World Review Feb. 28, 2005 / 19 Adar I, 5765

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More fanatical intolerance — by secularists | TV comedian Bill Maher has provided new proof that today's secularists display far less tolerance, and far more fanaticism, than their counterparts among people of faith.

On MSNBC, Maher baldly declared: "We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion…. I think it justifies crazies…I think religion is a neurological disorder… The future does not belong to religion."

Even those who share Maher's left-leaning politics must recognize that religious celebrities who railed against non-believers in similar terms would face an avalanche of criticism. Imagine the reaction if James Dobson suggested, "atheism is a neurological disorder!"

Of course, religious leaders seldom denounce non-believers as "sick" since they hope to encourage their faith — and millions of uncommitted Americans have indeed recently embraced traditional religious practice.

The ongoing, undeniable revival in Bible-based Christian and Jewish families gives the lie to the unmarried and childless Maher's smug declaration that "the future does not belong to religion."

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