Secular Snobs

Documenting the National Media's Long-Standing Hostility to Religion

VI. Religion, Slammed by Non-News Media Celebrities


For many years, the leading entertainers in New York and Hollywood have ridiculed the American majority, accusing them of holding religious beliefs that have led to violence, extremism, and cults of “organized pedophilia.” From their very prosperous perch, celebrities often knock religious figures for self-righteous arrogance, and never consider if that’s the impression they give the public.

“I wondered to myself during ‘Shock and Awe,’ I wondered which of the megaton bombs Jesus, our President’s personal savior, would have personally dropped on the sleeping families of Baghdad?”
— Actress Meryl Streep at a John Kerry fundraiser, as quoted by the July 9, 2004 Boston Globe.


“I’d like to tip off law enforcement to an even larger child-abusing religious cult. Its leader also has a compound, and this guy not only operates outside the bounds of the law, but he used to be a Nazi and he wears funny hats. That’s right, the Pope is coming to America....If you have a few hundred followers, and you let some of them molest children, they call you a cult leader. If have a billion, they call you ‘Pope.’ It’s like, if you can’t pay your mortgage, you’re a deadbeat. But if you can’t pay a million mortgages, you’re Bear Stearns and we bail you out. And that is who the Catholic Church is: the Bear Stearns of organized pedophilia.... The Church’s attitude: ‘We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it,’ which is fine. Far be it for me to criticize religion.”
— Bill Maher on HBO’s Real Time, April 11, 2008.

“I mean, if there was an organization, let’s just say the- you know, the- I don’t want to say that, but the Boys’ Club, or one of the- you know, had the history of child abuse- you know, child torture and rape that the Catholic Church has, would you ever give money to the Boys’ Club or the Girls’ Club?...I’m saying that, to support an organization that- at the top of the infrastructure, are people willing to ignore the mass child abuse and torture and sexual molestation of its own constituents. I mean, it’s almost like when you read about- you know, cults, Jonestown and all these cults- that they allow- you know, sexual perversity and sexual behavior.
— Rosie O’Donnell on the April 5, 2010 edition of her satellite radio show.

“I mean, when society as a whole has told -- has basically told the kids that it’s okay, that we’re a group that you can pick on, that you that don’t have to treat as equal. In the laws and everything else that’s out here, in the churches that they preach that homophobia [sic] is wrong. You pretty much have given kids permission to disrespect and, you know, and to cause harm to the gay and lesbian community.”
— Wanda Sykes on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, October 4, 2010. (This is the same performer who “joked” in front of the president that she hoped Rush Limbaugh’s kidneys failed and he died.)

“Are you watching these debates? I mean, yes, the politicians are bad, but the people who egg them on. There, these crowds cheering for executions, cheering for letting people without health insurance die. In today’s Republican Party there’s a term for people who hate charity and love killing: Christian.”
— Bill Maher on his Real Time program on HBO, September 16, 2011.