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Religion: Respect? Ridicule!

Religulous

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“Fearless as a fatwa and as subtle as a Second Coming…”

“One of the funniest and offensive documentaries ever made.”

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It’s easy to make believers look like fools. I do it too, yet I cringe – I do! – when it happens.

I think Bill Maher’s contribution to the “religion debate” is to be found in the unspoken, ineluctable answers in the uncomfortable silence upon uncomfortable silence that his insolence creates.

Maher speaks to ordinary people. And he brings these individuals to a point where their silence screams the ridiculousness of their beliefs to the point where an answer is indeed given when Senator Mark Pryor (D, Arkansas) admits that his job as an elected official doesn’t require an IQ test.

Religion’s odiousness is most evident when it readily reduces otherwise intelligent, compassionate people to blabbering idiots. Religion’s clear and present danger is most evident when infectuated (sic) individuals make decisions to fit their folly and the folly of their religous constituents.

Religulous is not a great movie. But it has to be seen to appreciate the absolute stupidity, nay agnosy, of belief in some “God”.

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Maxine Springer on inthemoment – Jewish politics, culture, religion

Hiram Lee on World Socialist Website – Bad Faith: Bill Maher’s Religulous


Written by Nathan Bond

October 7, 2008 at 20:53

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  1. Die ander kant behoort ook moontlik te wees, of hoe?

    O ja, waarskynlik, selfs twyfelloos só. Probleem is net dat dit ietwat gedagte vat om jou bedoeling te verstaan.

    Ek wag met gespanne aandag (yeah, right) dat ’n gelowige ons sal verbaas met sy of haar diep insig.

    Con-Tester

    May 21, 2009 at 23:34

  2. Sorry Nathan, maar ek dink dit was ‘n great movie! Daai scene waar die bomme en karre so ontplof terwyl die imaaaaan vertel hoe vreedsaam is Islam…. Ek sal geld betaal om dit weer te sien. Terloops, om dit die regte konteks te gee moet mens eintlik Sam Harris se “The end of Faith” lees. Sy uitgangspunt is dat geloof toleransie onmoontlik maak. Die ander kant behoort ook moontlik te wees, of hoe?

    Irma

    May 21, 2009 at 21:56

  3. Piesangverkoper

    Ek kan nie werklik my vinger daarop lê nie – waarom ek meen dis nie ‘n “greatmovie (of dokumentêr) nie. Miskien is dit omdat godsdiens nie werklik ‘n intellektuele uitdaging bied nie. Ek meen dat Jonathan Miller se BBC-reeks oor ateïsme, byvoorbeeld, ‘n uistekende dokumentêr is. ‘n Vergelyking maak Religulous goed maar nie “great” nie.

    Maar eintlik is dit maar net ‘n indruk toe ek die teater verlaat het. Seker maar iets soos die “Boeddha” wat besef hy’s die “Enlightened One“.

    Nathan Bond

    January 16, 2009 at 15:15

  4. Mag ek vra wat die tekortkominge was wat jou laat besluit het dit is ‘n goeie, maar nie ‘n great movie nie?

    Die piesangverkoper

    January 16, 2009 at 13:30

  5. Jesus shows us how to truly be humain and also saw that religions, with all their laws, was detrimental to the progress of humanity. He therefor brought a more exelent way of salvation, with the only requirement being, to love one another and to love God above all. From the beginning of Christianity, humanity has made great progress and it is in countries, where other religions dominate, that progress has been poor.

    Hans Matthysen

    November 27, 2008 at 20:07


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