Bill Maher’s at it again, this time seizing on Rep. Todd Akin’s scientifically flawed gaffe that rape doesn’t lead to pregnancy on Friday night to paint all Republicans as “magical thinkers” who believe in “superstition” rather than science.
He went on to suggest that the attendees of Comic-Con, the annual comic book convention, have a greater grasp on reality than those attending next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
The comedian and $1 million Obama Super PAC donor hit the GOP suggesting that Akin’s scientifically challenged statement was part of a larger problem in the party.
“It is not a coincidence that the party of fundamentalism is also the party of fantasy,” Maher said. “When I say that religion is a mental illness this is what I mean; if you believe in angels, demons and Jesus hugging a dinosaur, it’s not that big of a leap to believe in tiny ninja warriors that women have in their bodies lie in wait for bad people’s sperm.
“Republicans would like to say that Congressman Akin’s substitution of superstition for science is a lone problem, but it’s not. They are all magical thinkers on every issue.”
But Maher went further making leap from there to suggesting that a belief in the Book of Genesis lies behind global-warming skepticism, regardless of the fact that many in the Republican Party, especially libertarians, who hold this view are secular.
On the budget, Maher attacked Republicans, suggesting they want to “check none of the above” when it comes to solving the budget deficit because he suggests the GOP doesn’t want to cut spending anymore than it wants to raise taxes.
“That’s like trying to pay off your student loans by daydreaming,” Maher said. “They all believe in something that both math and history have shown is pure fantasy.
“The symbol for their party shouldn’t be the elephant, it should be a unicorn.”
Republicans like Paul Ryan want to talk about deficit reduction while refusing to cut the bloat in the Defense Department, which he characterized as being like a health inspector ignoring the chickens hanging in the window of an Asian store.
Maher then waded further into racial stereotypes, suggesting that Republicans want to “shred the safety net” so poor blacks will “fall to the ground” get up and get good-paying jobs as Olympic gymnasts.
He also accused pro-lifers of pretending that “rape babies don’t exist.”
“The Republican answer is ‘There isn’t a problem, and anyone who tells you different is a liar who hates America. We don’t have to make hard choices. We just have to ignore science and math. That’s why God gave us values,’” Maher said.