“[Atheists are] out there, they’re thinking it, they’re just afraid to say it,” Maher told interviewer Sharon Waxman at a conference hosted by TheWrap. “But that’s changing. It’ll be the new gay marriage.”

When Waxman asked if he would consider running for office, Maher immediately shot the idea down, arguing that besides the content of his show, his lack of fealty to a religion would render him unelectable, considering that only 15 percent of Americans identify themselves as atheists.