It should be no surprise to anyone that Bill Maher would make a remark pointing out the inconsistencies of Christianity. Yet, after tweeting “Wow, Jesus just fucked #TimTebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is tebowing, saying to Hitler ‘Hey, Buffalo’s killing them,” many Christian pundits and televangelists expressed their rage against the remark. Just before this, Pat Robertson ripped Saturday Night Live for also making fun of the Denver Broncos quarterback, calling it “anti-Christian bigotry.” (see the SNL sketch below) The fact that Tim Tebow has been comedy’s biggest target as a NFL quarterback since Michael Vick is funny by itself.
Still, getting angry at Maher for the tweet is ridiculous, especially considering that he made an entire documentary, Religulous, poking fun at the idea of religion itself. And kicking rocks because of the SNL sketch is a pretty futile endeavor, since the show has created a reputation throughout its storied history for their bitingly satiric sketches. If you’re going to protest Bill Maher and SNL for their attempts at humor against Tim Tebow, which has been interpreted as an outright attack against Christianity, you might as well get up in arms on a weekly basis– because poking fun at establishments, beliefs, majority ideas is what they do.
Along that note, comedy, while it does bring levity and laughter, comes from pointing out accepted inconsistencies. And before I continue any further and fuel the ire of many Christians, let me say that I’m a Christian that can see why the SNL sketch and the Maher tweet would be funny to some, but did not have a guffaw about it to myself.
We all know Tim Tebow is religious. In fact, it’s a quality that he’s known for almost as well as his tough running on the football field. Being religious really doesn’t have anything to objectively do with how a professional football player plays professional football– just like being a womanizer also doesn’t objectively affect the play of a pro football player. However, it’s funny to think such non-football related things do have an effect on football. Many still joke about Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant and their extramarital affairs, but, again, those have nothing to do with either of the best at their sports. The inconsistency of their top level performance and the attention they’ve drawn for something that has nothing to do with that is a seed for comedy. You may not agree with the spin that Maher, SNL or anyone else has, but opponents can always point out how overly self-righteous many atheists have become– many of them comedians.
If, even after legitimately reading this article, you’re still angry, there is always the option of not watching SNL or Real Time with Bill Maher. If you don’t want to do that, then you should take up the issue with comedy itself because you’re being illogical and deserve an illogical solution.