Last updated on: 7/29/2016 5:52:13 PM PST | Author: ProCon.org

Bill Maher Biography

Title:
Comedian and Talk Show Host
Position:
Con to the question "Should Churches (Defined as Churches, Temples, Mosques, Synagogues, etc.) Remain Tax-Exempt?"
Reasoning:

“Now that it’s April 15, all U.S. taxpayers must call out all the deadbeats who ride for free, which includes giant corporations like GM and United Airlines, which this year are going to pay no taxes…

But the list should also include [churches]. There are 300,000 religious congregations in this country that pay no tax: no federal, state or local; no income, sales, or property tax. They own $600 billion in property… The Supreme Court of the United States really needs to take a case about taxing churches because it hasn’t done that since 1970. And since then, religion has become much less popular, especially with younger people… Almost a quarter of us are being forced to subsidize a myth that we’re not buying into. Why am I subsidizing their Sunday morning hobby?…
Why, in heaven’s name, don’t we tax religion?”

Real Time with Bill Maher, “Real Time with Bill Maher: New Rule – Tax the Churches (HBO),” youtube.com, Apr. 15, 2016

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Talk Show Host, Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO), 2003-present
  • Host, Politically Incorrect, 1993-2002
  • Stand-up comedian, 1979-present
  • Education:
  • BA, Cornell University, 1978
  • Contact Info:
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    Website
    www.billmaher.com
    Other:
  • Born Jan. 20, 1956
  • Appeared multiple times on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman
  • Maher has made 10 stand-up comedy specials for HBO, two of which were nominated for Emmys
  • Twitter: @billmaher
  • Quoted in:
    Should Churches (Defined as Churches, Temples, Mosques, Synagogues, etc.) Remain Tax-Exempt? – Pro & Con Quotes