Can we start with him?
Maher explained his views on life and death when Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist and host of StarTalk Radio, raised the death penalty.
â€œYou support the death penalty, according to my notes,â€ Tyson said.Â â€œIsnâ€™t it largely Republican?Â They may not have birthed the idea, but?â€
â€œYeah, I guess so,â€ Maher said.Â â€œI mean I have a lot of ideas that you might consider conservative.Â But I feel like on that, Iâ€™m just consistent, like the pope is consistent.Â The pope is consistently pro-life; Iâ€™m consistently pro-death.â€
â€œI am for the death penalty, although I do believe in more DNA testing,â€ Maher continued.Â â€œMy motto is, â€˜Letâ€™s kill the right people.â€™Â Iâ€™m pro-choice.Â Iâ€™m for assisted suicide.Â Iâ€™m for regular suicide.Â Iâ€™m for whatever gets the freeway moving.Â Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m for.â€
â€œItâ€™s too crowded,â€ Maher continued.Â â€œSo, the planet is too crowded and we need to promote death.â€
â€œWhen I look at the Venn diagram of people who are pro-death penalty and pro-choice, I donâ€™t think they intersect,â€ Tyson replied. â€œYou may be the lone person in the world at that intersection.â€
â€œAbsolutely not, Iâ€™ve met plenty of people who have the same feelings,â€ Maher said.
â€œIâ€™m not randomly going around the street saying, â€˜Hey weâ€™re going to kill you,â€™â€ he said.Â â€œI mean weâ€™re talking about people whoâ€™ve earned it.Â But as I say, you know, kill the right people.Â Kill the right people.â€
Maher then detailed how his views on abortion tie into his â€œpro-deathâ€ stance.Â â€œIâ€™m just not one of those people who thinks all life is precious, you know?Â I bet you a lot of people wouldnâ€™t say that, but if youâ€™re pro-choice, maybe thatâ€™s really what youâ€™re thinking anyway.â€
â€œI mean this is the big controversy that Rick Santorum brought up,â€ Maher said.Â â€œHe does not like prenatal testing because he says that leads to abortion, because people find out that theyâ€™re going to have a child who is not normal in some way and they have an abortion because they donâ€™t want to raise a child with severe challenges.
â€œI donâ€™t think thereâ€™s anything wrong with that — to not bring someone in the world whose life is going to be so miserable in so many ways, so severely compromised,â€ Maher said.
â€œI mean itâ€™s not that hard to create life, itâ€™s teeming everywhere.Â Itâ€™s something a dog can do.â€