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December 28, 2011 by staff 

Bill Maher Tim TebowBill Maher Tim Tebow, Bill Maher has run afoul of religious conservatives yet again, after a Christmas Eve tweet the comedian sent about overtly religious Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

Following a 40-14 Broncos’ loss to the Buffalo Bills on Saturday, Maher tweeted, “Wow, Jesus just… #TimTebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is tebowing, saying to Hitler ‘Hey, Buffalo’s killing them’. (Adult language has been removed from the Tweet.)
Others have called for a boycott of HBO, which is the home of Maher’s show, “Real Time.”

This wouldn’t be the first time Maher’s words have raised the ire of those on the opposite end of the political spectrum.

There are regular calls for Maher’s ouster from HBO. It happened in July, following a frank discussion of “hate sex” with Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum. And in 2008, following comments about Pope Benedict XVI.

Will taking on Tebow be a bridge too far for Maher? Doubtful — but it is interesting to consider that the “Real Time” host wasn’t just taking on an exceedingly popular quarterback; he was also mocking the best-selling religious author of 2011. According to Yahoo! Sports, Tebow’s 2011 memoir “Through My Eyes” has 475,000 copies in print, with many more expected to be sold after the season.

Of course, considering Maher made a documentary critical of religion titled, “Religulous,” he probably wouldn’t have changed a thing.

“Real Time With Bill Maher” returns to HBO on January 13.

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