MAHER: [Religion] causes most wars: The Crusades, the inquisition, 9/11, honor Killings…Applying Maher's definition is there anything that can't be labeled "religion"?
CUPP: No that’s factually not true.
BOOKER: Humans…humans cause war.
CUPP: Religion doesn’t kill people…people kill people.
BOOKER: We’ve been known to start wars over everything from natural resources to land, to religion—
CUPP: Colonialism, tribalism.
BOOKER: —we start wars.
MAHER: The justification for most of that is religion.
CUPP: No it’s not.
MAHER: Of course it is…What gets normal people to think it’s okay to kill other people is religion…very little else….
CUPP: Or colonialism, or land power grabs, or nativism…
MAHER: Mostly religion. Ethnic cleansing, honor rape…
CUPP: Hitler, Pol Pot Mao, Stalin, not in the name of religion.
MAHER: Were state religions. [Puzzled looks from panel] Of course they were.
CUPP: Communism is a state religion?
MAHER: Absolutely. You never heard that?
CUPP: I think we’re talking about different things.
MAHER: We’re not. We’re just talking different labels.
I'm told that once upon a time Maher was actually funny. Now he just appears angry and very, very small. I assume that no one ever told Maher that being the loudest and most obnoxious person in the room does not make one factually correct.
Maher gets a well deserved takedown at Newsbusters.