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Bill Maher on Upcoming Presidential Election: "There's Obama and There Are the People from the Mental Patient Party"

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But we've only ever had one even Catholic president. Religion does seem like something that doesn't deviate and now we have one black president. I think a lot of Americans fear religions besides Christianity.

They do, but Mitt Romney, and they're going to start this at the convention in Tampa, they're going to run a full force campaign to try to convince people that Mormonism is just another sect of Christianity. Which is, of course, complete bullshit. Once Americans find out what Mormons believe. I mean Mormons believe that God is a 6 foot 2, flesh and blood man who lives on planet Kolob, they believe Jesus was married three times, they wear magic underwear, they baptize dead people.

I think all religion is crazy batshit, and so it's just really what your preference is on which sauce you dip into. But yes, that will be Mitt Romney's big message, that, "I believe in a mythical God, just like you do. I'm just like you. And faith is something you don't look into too carefully, because none of us wants our faith examined too carefully. So, just trust me." At the end of the day, the kind of people who vote and care about that kind of thing, their hatred for the black president, in my view, exceeds trepidation about a Mormon president.

I had this conversation with my mother this morning. You sound just like her. I studied religion, and I have to say, I disagree. But if they can convince people that Mormons are Christians, then...

And don't forget also that the kind of people who would be so upset by a Mormon, these are the kind of people who think Obama is a Muslim. Hank Williams Jr. said it the other day, and the crowd cheered, which I found very upsetting... That Hank Williams can still draw a crowd.

Bill Maher at 7 p.m. on September 2 at Hard Rock Live, One Seminole Way, Hollywood. Visit

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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