While Bill Maher, host of HBO's "Real Time," appeared on the popular morning show "The View" to voice his opinion on all religion, a gunman on the Virginia Tech Campus killed 32 people and then took his own life in a matter of a few short hours. Bill Maher climbed down from his ivory tower to broad brush all religion saying;
"I think all faith is a distraction. I think it's the greatest con in the world. They're selling an invisible product." Bill Maher News Busters
You would error immensely if you chose to recite Mr. Maher's opinion to the thousands of Virginia Tech students that gathered on April 17th to grieve their loss together. Gathering to find solace in one another and to pray in silent reflection. It is during these times of senseless tragedy that we realize the need to find strength, hope and solace beyond what our eyes can see. Especially when what we see is the senseless death and destruction of innocent lives. What else is there to do now but have faith that healing can come? Especially when there seems to be no relief from the pain within sight.
"As the silence spread across the grassy bowl of the drill field, a pair of trumpets began to play taps. A few in the crowd began to sing Amazing Grace." Source: Fox News
I pray that the many affected lives of those who have lost loves ones in Virginia will somehow find a way to carry on. If not for faith, hope and love what can we cling to in this hour? Churches across this great country of ours irrespective of denomination will gather in these days ahead to support the grieving who have lost family in Virginia. They will work their con and dispense their invisible product, fully distracted as they try to make a difference through their unity of faith. You can trust that I will be counted in that number. It's simply impossible for me to remain unaffected by the events that took place at Virginia Tech University. It's equally impossible for me to remain silent.
Maher bashed religion saying; "there are varying degrees but it's all very, you know, childish destructive nonsense in my view." Bill Maher could not have known how ill timed his statements would become to a grieving town of broken students or to a nation shocked by such a travesty. Maher has aired his personal views on religion several times before on "The View". But reading his words now, a day after the Virginia Tech tragedy, makes his secular views ring more hollow than they did the day before. They offer us no hope and cold comfort in our darkest hours. Try convincing the small circles of praying students at the Virgina Tech vigil tonight that they are participating in childish nonsense. Right now, it's more important for me to believe.
"We will move on from this. But it will take the strength of each other to do that," said Zenobia Hikes, vice president for student affairs. "We want the world to know we are Virginia Tech, we will recover, we will survive with your prayers." Source: Fox News