Maher on ‘bimbo’ Rick Perry’s ‘Merry Christmas’ law: Just stop it

By David Ferguson
Saturday, June 22, 2013 10:47 EDT
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Friday night on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher slammed Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R)’s new law mandating that people can say “Merry Christmas” to each other this year without going to jail, a phenomenon that has been taking place exactly nowhere, ever.

The remarks came during Maher’s weekly “New Rules” segment, in which he said, “New Rule: If you’re thinking about the sanctity of Christmas in June, just stop.”

He was referring to the new Texas law, passed last week, assuring that people in the state are free to wish each other Merry Christmas without fear of reprisal from “the people who wish they’d say something else,” Maher explained, “who total between three and nobody.”

“Come on, it’s the first day of summer,” he said. “Can’t we wait to do this until the Christmas season really begins? On the last day of summer?

Maher tore into the Perry’s speech at the bill’s signing ceremony, saying “Oh, Rick. What a bimbo,” and declaring that the governor is dumber than Miss Utah 2013, who notoriously botched a pageant question about wage inequality earlier this week.

Maher also noted that at the singing ceremony, Perry was surrounded by six men dressed as Santa and a rabbi, because, “Why the fuck not?”

“Because in America,” Maher said, “It doesn’t matter what you worship as long as you worship something. Religious people aren’t afraid of other religious people. Oh, sure sometimes they kill and hate them, but they don’t fear them. They fear atheists, because we are the ones who aren’t clapping during ‘Peter Pan.’”

Religion, Maher said, “is kind of like a conga line. If one person doesn’t join in then you see yourself through their eyes and you realize that you look like a schmuck.”

Watch the video, embedded via YouTube, below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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