Give this to Bill Maher: he knows how to make a run-of-the-mill Tea Party discussion more interesting. The blunt HBO host--as perusual--didn't
pull his punches when Fareed Zakaria baited him with a few questions on
Glenn Beck as the spiritual guide of the movement. In typical form,
Maher responded by comparing the weepy Fox News host to the founder of Scientology: "I
think he's doing what some people before him have done like L. Ron
Hubbard, who's a novelist and decided, you know what, it's a much easier
gig to be a religious leader."
After Zakaria chuckled and noted
that being a religious leader is also "tax exempt," Mayer elaborated on
his well-rehearsed (see: Religulous) thesis: "I mean, there's a reason they call them the flock, because they're sheep
and they'll believe anything. So I think Glenn Beck is segueing
from what he was mostly--a political preacher--to a preacher preacher. It
is an easier gig and you make more money--you know, Jim Baker kind of
money. And so, yes, I think that could be something."
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