Friday's edition of Real Time closed with host Bill Maher issuing a warning to "be careful what you apologize for." Maher's closing monologue did contain some good points, including a suggestion that "If we start turning history into a big game of guilt by association, it never ends." While Maher spent much of the monologue suggesting that it was a mistake to "pack up our government and pretend none of this country ever happened" by tearing down statues of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant, he eventually suggested that by the standards of cancel culture's proponents, Jesus would have to be canceled: "If being a product of your time is no longer an excuse, what do you have to say about this guy?" At this point, a picture of Jesus appeared on screen. Maher talked about how "there were plenty of passages from both testaments" that were used by the Confederacy to justify slavery. Maher may have been dabbling in a bit of sarcasm but considering his well-known contempt for religion, it would not come as a shock if he was actually serious about some of his suggestions. After informing the proponents of cancel culture that "you're not better than Jesus or Ulysses S. Grant," Maher proclaimed that "Jesus, you know, being God and all, really should have known better. So when he comes back to judge the living and the dead, I say he's got a lot of explaining to do." Maher asked: "Instead of the bar tricks with the loaves and the wine, why didn't you zap the chains off a slave?" According to Maher, "On the subject of slavery, Jesus says sweet f***eth-all." He suggested that when Jesus returns at the end of time, "rehab would be in order and also sensitivity training."
Maher: 'On the Subject of Slavery, Jesus Says Sweet F***eth-all'