The Republican Conception of Jesus According to Maher

U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney speaks during a political fundraiser in Washington, September 17, 2002. Cheney said that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's offer to let inspectors back into his country was simply "meant to obfuscate and deter action" and did not signal any significant progress. REUTERS/William Philpott WP - RTRAM1I

Yesterday, Bill Maher observed that conservative Republicans have created another Jesus, one unrelated to the Jesus of the Bible. Here is a brief excerpt of his famous weekly monologue, New Rules:

“. . . and the fact that this story played out last week during a papal visit exposed just how little these so-called Christians of the far right believe in what Jesus actually said.

… [this] papal visit exposed just how little these so-called Christians of the far right believe in what Jesus actually said

How could they? There is not a tent in the world big enough to fit under it both Jesus and Ayn Rand.

In order to be both Republican and Christian, they had to create an entirely new Jesus. We don’t only have two Americas; we have two Jesus’s now.

It’s true. Liberals have the traditional Jesus who hated the rich and wouldn’t shut up about how they should give away all their money, and Conservatives made up a completely new Jesus, a small businessman from Galilee, whose main gripe is big government and who wants to make Nazareth great again.

I call him supply-side Jesus. He’d love to help the less fortunate, but he’s got investors to think about.

Like the time supply-side Jesus performed a miracle and created a bounty of loaves and fishes, and then gave them all to the top one percent so they could trickle down to the “takers.”

Or the time supply-side Jesus came upon a leper who asked to be healed, so supply-side Jesus bought the company that makes leprosy medication and jacked up the price …”

To listen to Bill Maher’s entire dialogue about Another Jesus, visit the clip on YouTube, Republicans Don’t Like the Real Jesus so They Made Up a Fake One.