In this week’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, during a discussion of religion, fundamentalism and equal rights for minority groups, I picked up a couple of interesting gems that I thought were quite poignent.

Bill Maher, consistent with his anti-religion outlook, made a statement that religion made people bigots. He said something to the effect that Islam led people to be bigoted, motivating them to cut the heads off of other people.

Two of my favorite parts of the conversation follow:

“People cut people’s heads off … People will use any kind of ideology to promote any kind of bigotry that they already feel. Religion doesn’t make you a bigot. You’re just a (deleted) bigot.” — Raza Azlan

“Anyone who tries to fight the advancement of any particular minority group, you’re going to lose. Whether it’s now or 20 years from now, they’re wasting their time.” — Seth McFarlane

One of Maher’s “New Rules” was good this week, too:

I don’t need to take any more crap about the sanctity of marriage from a single woman with fake tits (Miss California) and a divorced guy (Joe the Plummer).

I love Real Time with Bill Maher.