We all know by now that Bill Maher has a free pass to say anything and get away with it. That he uses that pass so often makes many of his remarks not so much outrageous as merely groan-inducing. The man has followers, though, and unfortunately, they follow. We thought “Bible-thumpers” was the preferred term, but during a panel discussion last night, Maher theorized that the GOP has always been an “uneasy marriage” of Jesus freaks and plutocrats.
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) February 16, 2013
If there’s been an uptick in use of the word “plutocrat” on Twitter thanks to Maher, we haven’t seen it. Jesus freaks, on the other hand…. Maher would like to think he’s inspired all the talk, but religious bigotry is certainly not his exclusive domain.
.@BillMaher has it wrong. GOP isn't an alliance. It's plutocrats manipulating Jesus freaks.
— Mark Bachrach (@markbachrach) February 16, 2013
@billmaher Religeous Conservatives (con men) ARE Jesus Freaks. They both have no morals/scruples and will steal every penny you have…
— Grrace (@Grracy) February 16, 2013
Republicans got coalition of billionaires, Jesus freaks, gay haters, gun lovers, & abortion fanatics, then claim it's all about economy. Ha
— Fritz Alverez (@FritzAlverez) February 16, 2013
So…Im beginning to think the GOP likes the rich, old, homophobic white dude jesus freaks label…
— Oklahoma Adam™ (@OklahomaAdam) February 16, 2013
Atheist are way better than Jesus freaks least there not shoving religon down your throat
— slim (@Ashhhhh__7) February 16, 2013
Satanism is the most realistic religion out there. You Jesus freaks need to get a grip lol.
— Jeff Shipley Boyle (@YelpihS_) February 15, 2013
Fucking Bible humpers… Jesus freaks annoy the shit out of me.. fuck off bro for reals
— katelyn moore (@katt_autumn) February 15, 2013
— leonard (@leonard_obrien) February 16, 2013
Jesus freaks.. just go home, stay in church.. Annoying AF
— Know Lezz (@Thepopeofpeace) February 15, 2013
Mediaite has the video of Maher’s panel discussion if you’d like to see how quickly Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile jumps in to defend Christians. (Spoiler: she doesn’t.)
Not everyone wears the label as an insult, though.
Bill Maher like all Libs saves his biggest venom for his real enemy, Jesus Freaks. BM calls us Jesus Freaks because we are real threat.
— Mark Tenney (@MathFaithWorks) February 16, 2013
Dear world: Calling us "Jesus freaks" is a compliment …. Thank you.
— David Alan Campbell (@ThatDarnDave) February 16, 2013
"@ThatDarnDave: Dear world: Calling us "Jesus freaks" is a compliment …. Thank you."LOLOL I am the biggest freak, the big monster!
— Sinisa (@Trajfun) February 16, 2013