Maher: Wokeness turned into ‘ugly authoritarianism that reminds me very much of religion’


Speaking on Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher stated that he has his issues with the left in a way he didn’t five years ago and “what started as wake-ism has morphed into a kind of ugly authoritarianism. reminds me a lot of religion.”

During an interview with former Attorney General Bill Barr, Maher said, “I’ve heard you talk a lot about the idea of ​​religion being attacked in this country. It — I think it’s your overarching theme. And how I miss Christianity [is] attacked? I mean, you’re still — the majority of people who are still religious are Christians. I just don’t see where the attack is coming from. It strikes me as paranoia, to be honest.”

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Bar replied: “[W]What we need today is a live-and-let-live attitude, and it has to be a two-way street. And so what I think is happening today is that the problem is not that religions are still trying to impose their conceptions of morality on infidels – people who have no religion. I think it’s the opposite. I think if you are a Catholic doctor you should perform abortions, if you are a Catholic hospital you should perform gender selection surgery. We want — you can’t teach this in your school because it’s hate speech if you teach the traditional doctrine.

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Maher then said, “Yes. Look, I certainly have my squabbles with the left like I didn’t five years ago. I get what you’re saying and a lot of what started out as wake-ism has turned into a kind of ugly authoritarianism that reminds me very much of religion. So I’m not going to argue with you about that. But I heard you say that you think the attack on religion is the civil rights issue of our lives, to you that is what it is. …Gen Z thinks the civil rights issue of our lives is trans. … And Biden supports that, yes. How do those two parties live in the same country?”

Barr responded, “Again, I think it’s live and let live.”

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