The Catholic League has had enough of Bill Maher’s shtick.
Maher on Friday closed his weekly HBO program, “Real Time,” with a monologue that was sharply critical of the Catholic Church and the newly elected Pope Francis. It was a pretty typical rant from the anti-religion satirist but William Donohue, president of the Catholic League, believes Maher went too far.
In a letter sent Tuesday to Glenn A. Britt, chairman of HBO’s parent company Time Warner, Donohue said that “Maher’s bigotry” must not go unpunished. Donohue attached a report titled “Bill Maher’s History of Anti-Catholicism, 1998-2013,” which documents 39 jokes made by the comedian that were directed at the Church.
“From the enclosed report, it is evident that Maher’s bigotry is not merely visceral, it is relentless,” Donohue wrote. “The time has come for someone in a position of responsibility to sit down and have a serious talk with this man.”
A self-described agnostic, Maher has long lampooned all religions, as evidenced by his 2008 documentary, “Religulous.”
Read Donohue’s letter here. Watch Maher’s editorial on Catholics and Pope Francis from last Friday, which begins around the :25 mark: