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They’re all ‘stupid and dangerous’: Bill Maher explains why he criticizes religion

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When a Christian pastor asked outspoken atheist Bill Maher about “radical Islamic terrorism” the conversation went beyond a mere discussion about Islam and focused more on Maher’s hatred for religion itself.

“[The Orlando shooter] talked about our filthy ways,” Maher said during the CNN town hall. “I mean, there’s some of that in religious people’s heads.”

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Host Van Jones said that he’s a religious person and he doesn’t have that kind of hate and violence in him.

I am an atheist, sorry, Reverend,” Maher said to the man who asked the question. “But all religions in my view are stupid and dangerous.”

(READ MORE: ‘It’s a giant con!’: Bill Maher unloads on Trump supporter who asks him to give Trump a chance)

As Maher began to continue, Jones kept interrupting until Maher finally asked why Jones wouldn’t let him finish. “Do you just hate someone saying bad things about religion?” Maher asked. “You can’t do that on CNN? What is it, the Spicer White House, here?”

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Maher explained that it is not only his point of view but the point of view of millions of other Americans and, indeed, religion is consistently falling in numbers all over the world.

Jones brought up the heavily religious African-American community being a stable in the Democratic party and asked how Maher can want to win while saying “all religious people are stupid.”

“I didn’t say all religious people are stupid. I said all religions are stupid,” Maher qualified. “It’s not at a group of people or to get ratings. That’s the truth as I see it.” He continued saying that the truth is the only thing he aims to get, whether it confirms his political ideology or not.

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“In the 16th century, it would be Christianity I would be going after for being way too intolerant and way too violent, because that was the age of the Inquisition,” Maher said. “Now that is more Islam than Christianity. I think they’re both of dumb and religions are all dangerous, but at this point, one is more violent, more intolerant and more dangerous.”

He argued that the counterweight to radicalism is not more Christianity but secularism.

“They want to make this a battle between the two religions, who, by the way, have been going at each over for over 1,000 years,” Maher said. “This does go back to the Crusades, it ebbed and flowed throughout history. And it’s the dumbest thing and Trump’s going to do it.”

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Stephen Colbert rips ‘idiot’ GOP senator for defending Trump’s unconstitutional self-dealing

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"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert returned from New Zealand for a new show that aired Monday evening.

"I have been as far from the insatiable black hole of news that is Donald Trump as you can get on this planet.

I've heard there have been some developments over the last 10 days that did not go well for Donnie,"

The host ripped Trump's 71-minute press conference.

"Seventy-one minutes is not a press conference, it's a one man show," he explained. "If you liked 'Fleabag,' you'll love Donald Trump in 'Douchebag,'" he said.

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Donald Trump is making a mockery of Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is letting him

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Sen. Marco Rubio was once one of Donald Trump’s most formidable opponents; now, the Florida senator bends over backward to excuse the president’s corruption.

In 2016, Rubio and Trump sparred frequently on the Republican primary debate stage. Trump picked the uninspired nickname “Little Marco” for the senator, which didn’t seem to do much damage on its own, but Rubio never gained the momentum or strength that his backers hoped would prove to be strong enough to take down the reality TV candidate. As Rubio grew desperate, he launched one of his most memorable and pitiful attacks by stooping to his opponent’s level, implying that Trump had a small penis. It was more of an embarrassing moment for Rubio than anyone else, though Trump helped himself with a crude rejoinder.

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The faith of Fox News: How the network’s propaganda warps viewers’ sense of reality

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A longtime sticking point among Fox News employees is their insistent differentiation between its news division, where employees practice actual journalism, and its opinion division, where employees practice actual nativism, spew misinformation, and have been actively campaigning for Donald Trump’s re-election since 2016.  Inside the organization, they claim to believe that the news side is separate from the opinion side, and insist that the audience can tell the difference.

News anchor Shepard Smith once characterized comparing the two as “apples and teaspoons.”

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