Bill Maher and John Oliver’s ‘Chaturbating’ Debate: Why You Need a Bible
John Oliver is an unabashed liberal, and a fierce defender of gay marriage.
So it was no surprise that he called for a debate in which the Bible and the Bible-believing community were pitted against each other in an effort to find out which one of them would have the most faith in God.
The debate, entitled “Chaturbing,” was scheduled to air on Sunday night on HBO.
ChaturBate is a Bible-themed chat program that airs on the online dating app Tinder.
The event was meant to be a bit of a fun “Chairs”-esque exercise, and for Maher, it was a chance to see who could best explain the faith of his viewers.
“Chaturbs are the people who believe that God has a plan for our world and wants to make sure that everyone has access to it,” Maher said.
“This is the world, this is the people that are coming to you and your family, that you know.
It’s going to be the people you love, it’s going.
But you’re not going to get a free pass, are you?
We’re the ones who are going to have to figure out how to communicate with people that don’t believe like us.””
You know, Jesus loved us.
You know, he was an agnostic,” Oliver said.
He continued: “You don’t have to have a religion to be good at the game.
You don’t need to have faith in Jesus to be cool, right?”
“Yeah, I’m going to make fun of you,” Maher responded.
“I’m not going on here to say, ‘Hey, I think you’re wrong about this.’
You’re not wrong.
And I am not going off here to bash people.
But I am saying that you’re a little off, that’s fine, it will be fun.
But don’t make fun out of people.”
Maher also made a point to note that many Christian leaders, including the pastors of the megachurch that hosted the debate, are not even members of the Bible Belt.
So Oliver decided to ask some of the church’s most conservative leaders for their opinion.
When one Christian pastor suggested that he wasn’t “ready for a gay marriage debate,” Oliver was forced to point out that this was exactly the point: “You’re not ready for a civil war, you’re trying to force the gay marriage on people.
I don’t know if that’s your position or not,” Oliver noted.
One pastor, however, was prepared to take the challenge.
Christian Pastor Joe Piscopo of The Church of God, who is also a pastor at a church that hosts a debate, responded to Oliver’s question.
“It’s the same thing.
I am against gay marriage,” he told The Washington Post.
“If you want to talk about a civil issue, go ahead.
But when it comes to an issue like gay marriage, I would rather have a civil debate about it.”
After a quick debate, Oliver had Maher take his position.
“[Joe] doesn’t have the guts to take on the church,” he said.