WARNING: The article AND THE VIDEO contain vulgar language.
Maher BLASTS selfish Christian hypocrites who don't tip waiters
But, the point he makes is VERY IMPORTANT for people to read; particularly those who identify as "Christians"...this is how some of your 'colleagues
in Christ' are behaving. Not a pretty picture at all.
The yellow bits are what Bill said. I didn't want to put it in quotes, because it needs to be easily read and not framed in grey with tiny print.
On Friday night, Bill Maher delivered a great New Rule blasting conservatives who call themselves Christians, and yet show themselves to be little
more than selfish assholes, notably when it comes to tipping the wait staff.
And finally, New Rule: It's OK if you don't want to feed the hungry, or heal the sick, or house the homeless. Just don't say you're
doing it for their own good. Don't say you'd like to help people, but your hands are tied because if you did, it would cause a culture of dependency,
or go against the Bible, or worst of all, rob them of their freedom... to be sick and hungry.
Just admit you're selfish, and based on how little your beliefs mirror the actual teachings of Jesus, you might as well claim to worship Despicable
Now I bring this up, because last week new food stamp cuts went into effect, and Congressman Steve Fincher, a Republican from Dogpatch, justified the
cuts by quoting the Bible — "The one who does not work shall not eat." And it reminded me that I keep seeing stories in the news about Christians
stiffing servers in restaurants. Like the Applebee's waitress in Missouri who got this note from a church pastor.
Written on the check, it said, "I give God 10%. Why do you get 18?"* Prompting the question, who ordered the piping hot asshole?
This is what Jesus would do? I doubt it. I think what Jesus would do is move the hell out of that part of Missouri. And if you're a waiter or
waitress in the Bible Belt, you may very well have seen one of these.
It's a phony $10 dollar bill that Christians sometimes leave on the table in lieu of an actual tip. It looks like a $10, so you get the benefit of
giving poor people hope, and then crushing it, but on the back it says, "Some things are better than money ... like your eternal salvation that was
bought and paid for by Jesus going to the cross.
Yeah, well, Jesus didn't have to put gas in the donkey.
I don't know what the snake-handlers have against the food-handlers, or when restaurant receipts became the new bully pulpit, but there was another
story recently, this one from Kansas, where instead of a tip, a Christian family left their server, who they knew was gay, this note:
Thank you for your service, it was excellent. That being said, we cannot in good conscience top you, for your homosexual lifestyle is an affront
to GOD. Queers do not share in the wealth of GOD, and you will not share in ours.
Now, I am sure there are millions of Christians who try to actually follow Jesus, but you gotta admit, conservatives always seem to have a reason why
they would love to give, but they just can't. We would love to help the unemployed, but it would discourage working. I believe in charity, just not
for people who need it. Of course we'd like it if everyone could see a doctor, we're not monsters, but if the government does it, it will destroy our
way of life. Plus, the website is glitchy, which leads to Stalinism. Oh sure, we'd like to help people who are starving, but what if they use the
strength from not starving to take drugs?
Yes, there's always a good moral Christian reason to tell everyone you meet to (snip)-off and die.
Fair enough. But if you're a waiter, and you ever get one of those fake $10 dollar bills, do me a favor, and next time you're in church, drop it in
the collection box.
*the patron - a PASTOR - who wrote the why do you get 18% wrote in a ZERO on the tip line. The 18% was an automatic tip because it was a large party.
My son is a server in an upscale local restaurant; he has had IHOP kids come in and eat in his section, asking him did he want to say grace with them,
and when he declined, they asked if there was anything that he'd like them "to pray for on your behalf."
He gave them a forced smile and said, "no, thanks. I'm good." I don't know if they tipped him or not.
EVERYONE KNOWS that servers live off of their TIPS, not their WAGES (which are like $2/hour.) It's a merit-based form of employment. My son is an
excellent server, and he makes good money at it -- but this sort of behavior is appalling. CHURCH does NOT belong in a PUBLIC RESTAURANT.
God, some people are just awful.
See the link for the video clip of Bill's statements and for pictures of the offending documents described above. Then, if you know anyone who
behaves like that, and you are a Christian WHO KNOWS BETTER than to do such things, please do your part to eradicate such hateful, bigoted
On a side note: it saddens me that these incidents took place in Missouri and Kansas. MILLIONS OF US - the MAJORITY living in Kansas/Missouri DO NOT
BEHAVE LIKE THIS. Nor do we THINK like that. It angers me that this puts our entire state to shame, and our neighboring state. We really are more
progressive than the article/video lends one to believe....so I do
understand the feeling of being "persecuted" by stereotyping ALL KANSANS and
ALL MISSOURIANS as being such douches. It isn't so - at least not in the cities and college towns.
edit on 11/13/13 by wildtimes because: (no reason given)