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52. Bill Maher: Mr. Liberal
Being controversial is a right every American has,
William 'Bill' Maher uses that right about as
as any other person in the country. Maher
an actor, comedian, political satirist, and talk show
. He was born in New York City in
into a Roman Catholic family, but today he
himself an agnostic. One of the first instances
Maher questioned Catholicism was when his father stopped
him and his sister when he was 13.
discovered his father was angry at the church
of their stance against birth control. His father
become an outspoken person against all organized religions
Maher is currently the host of the
show "Real Time with Bill Maher." It is
highly-rated, late night show that has received many
nominations for excellence. It is a controversial show
emotions run high between Maher and his guests.
speaks his mind, and this has been a
of trouble over the years, but it has
earned him praise.
In 2001, Maher came under
for his comments about the terrorist attacks on
United States in September of that year. President
W. Bush had publicly called the attackers "cowards,"
which Maher took exception. Maher stated on his
that the real cowards were the Americans. "We
been the cowards," said Maher. "Lobbing cruise missiles
2,000 miles away; that's cowardly." He later said
was not criticizing the American military, but only
out that America plays a large role in
Maher has also made enemies among
organizations. He says he dislikes religion, which he
an unnecessary bureaucracy between people and God. He
once very liberal about every religion, but has
his views on Islam saying he knows of
other religion that calls for the death of
who criticizes their religion. He has also called
Mormon church ridiculous.