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Bill Maher compares Glenn Beck to ‘Scientology’ founder

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Comedian Bill Maher likened conservative media personality Glenn Beck to the founder of the Church of Scientology Sunday.

“I think he’s doing what some people before him have done, like — L Ron Hubbard was a novelist and decided, ‘You know what? It’s a much easier gig to be a religious leader,'” Maher, the host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, said.

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“And tax exempt,” Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s GPS, quipped.

“Tax exempt, and you already have people — I mean, there’s a reason they call them the flock,” Maher added, ‘”because they are the sheep and they’ll believe anything.”

Zakaria brought up Beck’s religiosity to Maher in the context of Beck’s rally, which the CNN host described as “being mostly about religion.”

“I think Glenn Beck is segue-ing from what he was, which was mostly a political preacher, to a preacher-preacher,” Maher, the star of the film “Religulous,” said. “It is an easier gig and you make more money — Jim Bakker kind of money.”

Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally took place at the Lincoln Memorial on the 47th anniversary of civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s visionary  ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

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Rev. King, who received the Nobel Peace Prize for using nonviolent civil disobedience to help end racial segregation in the US, was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, while supporting the unionized black sanitation workers on strike for higher wages and better conditions.

Beck has been criticized by MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann before for using religious-based symbols and mannerisms to sell precious metals through Goldline International.

“Pat and I both went home and prayed,” Beck went on portentously in April. “We both opened our Bibles, and we found something the next day that I think is important for you today to understand. He found one thing. He found the first piece, I found the second piece. The message was the same, but I think the message is for you today.”

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But instead of actually revealing his message from God, Beck glanced to one side and quickly switched gears, saying, “I’ll give that to you in one second. First I have to break for our sponsor, Goldline.”

“That’s the plan!” Olbermann laughed. “Buy more gold over the Internet. Hallelujah! We’re saved!”

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Beck has also attacked progressive religious activists, such as Dan Nejfelt, a communications associate with advocacy group Faith in Public Life, for running Christian radio ads quoting scripture as a way of encouraging believers to stop paying attention to the right-wing Fox News personality.

“Not only are you wrong, the vast majority of people of faith know that you’re wrong,” Nejfelt said, lobbing his words directly at Beck in an exclusive interview with RAW STORY. “We’re going to keep doing what God tells us to do. We’d appreciate it if you’d stop doing what you’re doing.”

With reporting by David Edwards, Muriel Kane, and Stephen C. Webster.

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This video is from CNN’s GPS, broadcast on Dec. 5, 2010.


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GOP scrambles to save it’s only Latina congressman as she heads towards a ‘fatal collision’ with Trump’s tribal politics

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Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) is female, Hispanic, and a rare sight when it comes to Republicans on the West Coast, who have seen their female ranks in the House cut in half since 2011. As she prepares to run for reelection, the fact that she doesn't represent the typical GOP ideals in 2019 creates challenges in and of themselves. But as a report from POLITICO this Wednesday points out, Republicans are committed to protecting her.

"But as the daily war machine hits overdrive with the impeachment proceedings, Herrera Beutler is wary of what message she is expected to deliver," POLITICO's Rishika Dugyala and Melanie Zanonaes write. "Yes, she voted against the impeachment inquiry in October, but she is far from an unquestioning supporter of President Donald Trump. In fact, she is open about the fact she wrote in former House Speaker Paul Ryan's name on her ballot in 2016. And yes, she subscribes to the party’s beliefs on Obamacare repeal and a barrier on the southern border. But she voted against the GOP’s health care bill to replace much of Obamacare, which would have left millions uncovered. And she was one of 13 Republicans who rebuked Trump for his national wall emergency, saying it set a 'dangerous' precedent to circumvent Congress. Matt Gaetz, she is not."

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Fox News has always been bad — but this week shows it’s willing to destroy democracy for Trump

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Fox News has been detrimental to democracy all along, but one journalist and historian believes it's gone fully off the rails this year and become a threat to national security.

Talk show host Stephen Colbert has been mocking the conservative network's commitment to "truthiness" for nearly 15 years, but 2019 has seen Fox News push out Russian disinformation campaigns and attack democracy itself to defend President Donald Trump from impeachment, reported Garrett Graff for Wired.

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Donald Trump Jr. got special permission from the Mongolian government to kill endangered sheep — on your tax dollars

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The rocky highlands of Central Asia, in a remote region of Western Mongolia, are home to a plummeting population of the largest sheep in the world, the argali. The endangered species is beloved for its giant curving horns, which can run over 6 feet in length.

On a hunting trip this August, Donald Trump Jr. shot and killed one.

His adventure was supported by government resources from both the U.S. and Mongolia, which each sent security services to accompany the president’s eldest son and grandson on the multiday trip. It also thrust Trump Jr. directly into the controversial world of Mongolian trophy hunting — a polarizing practice in a country that views the big-horned rams as a national treasure. The right to kill an argali is controlled by an opaque permitting system that experts say is mostly based on money, connections and politics.

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