(Warning: Bill Maher has a foul mouth. This video follows with exact commentary, including some vulgarity. If we could bleep it we would.)
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"BILL MAHER: But I bring up the old tale of the poisoned apple -- no, not "Snow White," that's a fairy tale - because the Adam and Eve story is taken literally by half the country and it's no coincidence that the type of tree which god forbade Adam and Eve eating from was the Tree of Knowledge. Rick Santorum homeschools his children because he does not want them eating that f--king apple. He wants them locked up in the Christian madrassa that is the family living room not out in public where they could be infected by the virus of reason. If you're a kid and the only adults you've ever met are mom and dad, and then they're also the smartest adults you've met, why not keep it that way? Why mess up paradise with a lot knowledge? After all, a mind is a terrible thing to open."
Bill Maher is a comedian, a jester, a dancing monkey. I wish he would do a trick, make us all laugh, and stop pretending that his opinions actually matter. Perhaps Bill should have been homeschooled - he might have amounted to more than an annoying entertainer.
It is very hard to take anything Bill says seriously. That is why I debated responding to his ranting at all. However, I do feel that there is a growing hostility in this country toward homeschoolers, especially those that dare to self-educate for religious reasons, and that is why I am responding to Bill - the rude entertainer.
Bill and other homeschooling critics love to paint a picture of poor abused children locked away from outside influences. These poor children are the victims of their ignorant parents' selfish desire to shelter them from "knowledge and reason," Bill says. Well Bill, if that is the desire of homeschooling parents, why do homeschoolers score nearly 40 percentile points higher on standardized tests used to measure "knowledge and reasoning skills" than their secularly-educated counterparts? Of course, no one in Bill's audience thought to question his dogma because they are good at laughing - not thinking.
According to Bill, the most despicable trait among homeschooling families is their illegitimate desire to include Biblical teachings in their lessons. Brilliant comedians, like Bill Maher, have long since disproven the existence of God - to teach otherwise is pure ignorance. Thanks Bill, for unraveling the mysteries of the universe and enlightening the rest of us.
On a more serious note, we should be forewarned. This is not an isolated assault on homeschoolers, but the symptom of an increasing intolerance for Christians. To some people, like Comedian Bill Maher, our faith alone is enough to discredit us as parents and educators. Whether we choose homeschooling, private schooling, or public schooling, we as loving parents must stand with the homeschoolers. We all have a fundamental right to raise our children according to our deeply held beliefs.