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Bill Maher's Anti-Religion Movie
Fox News ^ | Friday, August 22, 2008 | Roger Friedman

Posted on 09/25/2008 7:58:38 AM PDT by Sybeck1

Bill Maher's Anti-Religion Movie “Religion is detrimental to the progress of society.” That’s my favorite quote from Bill Maher’s often brilliant, but often unfocused “documentary,” called “Religulous.” It opens in early October right after its debut at the Toronto Film Festival. The articulate, quick-witted comedian sets out in this film — which was supposed to have been released last Easter — to prove that line is true. Directed by Larry Charles, the man who put "Borat" together so skillfully, "Religulous" is blatant about Maher’s feelings: religion is bad. All religions are bad. They are ruining everything. If you go for that, then "Religulous" is for you. Unlike Michael Moore, whose controversial films at least allow stories to be told, Maher is not interested in other viewpoints. Rather, "Religulous" is a long Maher spiel that pauses only to underscore his own points. At first the film is very funny as Maher gently mocks one organized religion after another. He questions just about everything in Catholicism, even though he was raised Catholic. (His mother is Jewish, but threw it all over for the father.) Everything from the Immaculate Conception to crucifixion re-enactments are covered. By the time “Religulous” is over, the faith-seekers in the audience will have scratched Catholic off their possibilities. Not that the other major religious groups don’t come in for razzing, either. Maher is brutal to Orthodox Jews and just as nasty to Muslims. (He interviews gay Muslims in Amsterdam, a city where he also smokes a lot of pot and finds many easy laughs.) Mormons get it, and so do Scientologists, whom Maher mocks in London’s Hyde Park. Maher sends up everything outrageous and unusual in religion, cherry-picking the fringe elements wherever he can find them.

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Anybody seen the commercials for this tripe? I must have saw three in one hour on the History Channel last night.
1 posted on 09/25/2008 7:58:41 AM PDT by Sybeck1
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To: Sybeck1

The articulate, quick-witted comedian sets out in this film.

Stopped reading right there.


2 posted on 09/25/2008 8:00:16 AM PDT by mtairycitizen
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To: Sybeck1
The articulate, quick-witted comedian...

Maher?? Haha ha ha ha!

3 posted on 09/25/2008 8:01:09 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Sybeck1

Who’s Bill Maher? Is he supposed to be somebody relevant? Why should I care what an atheist who laughs at his own jokes thinks about religion?


4 posted on 09/25/2008 8:02:03 AM PDT by kromike
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To: Sybeck1

Yawn. I question the intelligence of anyone who finds Bill Maher even the least bit funny. The man is a strident bigot with a bad haircut.


5 posted on 09/25/2008 8:02:14 AM PDT by Antoninus (Ignore the polls. They're meant to shape public opinion, not measure it.)
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To: Sybeck1

“Anybody seen the commercials for this tripe? I must have saw three in one hour on the History Channel last night. “

Yup, I did. This arrogant self-inflated jerk is in for a big surprise come Judgement Day.


6 posted on 09/25/2008 8:02:58 AM PDT by scottdeus12 (Jesus is real, whether you believe in Him or not.)
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To: Sybeck1

Being a complete and utter coward, I bet he doesn’t mock Islam. Why? Because they will kill him.

He doesn’t get it. The peaceful religions will turn the other check. So he picks on them.

Bully.

Plus, its easy to be mean spirited and rip everything to shreds.

Big man.


7 posted on 09/25/2008 8:03:25 AM PDT by whitedog57
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To: Sybeck1
I saw Maher face on TV and was reaching for the remote to change the channel when I realized this was an ad for a movie....

Maher is pathetic. I wonder what happened to him and people like him in their lives to cause them to be so bitter and cynical.....

8 posted on 09/25/2008 8:04:11 AM PDT by Kimmers (Liberalism: Where fun goes to die)
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To: Sybeck1

I predict this will get about as far as that stupid film with the polar bear that I can’t remember the name of to save my life. The author said he was going to kill off God or some such nonsense. Oh! Wait! “The Golden Compass”


9 posted on 09/25/2008 8:04:18 AM PDT by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: Sybeck1
In addition to believing that God does not exist, Bill Maher also believes that germs do not exist.

I'm not joking.

10 posted on 09/25/2008 8:05:50 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who like to be called Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: mtairycitizen

I, of course, haven’t seen the movie, but I seriously doubt the movie is what the review describes as “often brilliant.” It seems just more blasphemous trash.


11 posted on 09/25/2008 8:06:59 AM PDT by MBB1984
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To: wideawake

I pretend Bill Maher does not exist.


12 posted on 09/25/2008 8:07:04 AM PDT by Cheryllynn
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To: whitedog57

The review says he does mock Islam.


13 posted on 09/25/2008 8:07:30 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Sybeck1

Prediction: this movie will soon be “history”.


14 posted on 09/25/2008 8:08:06 AM PDT by Biggirl (Good night and good bye Pumpkin,sweet gentleman cat. (June 29, 1998-September 23, 2008) =^..^=)
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To: wideawake
Bill Maher also believes that germs do not exist.

Sort of an inverse Howard Hughes!
15 posted on 09/25/2008 8:08:50 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Sybeck1; All

“”Religulous” is blatant about Maher’s feelings: religion is bad. All religions are bad. “

Bill - how can you be absolutely sure this statement is true without making a claim that there is such a thing as absolute truth?


16 posted on 09/25/2008 8:09:43 AM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: Sybeck1
I bet the Chicken-Shite will not be discussing The Religion of Peace!

...just bash the Christians.

17 posted on 09/25/2008 8:09:49 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: whitedog57

I actually feel sorry for old Bill. He has this Saul of Tarsus way about him and is truly lost, angry and searching for answers. But only the Holy Spirit can change hearts and as long as Bill wants to hold on his anger and pride there is nothing anyone can do for him. I do think Bill’s behavior is coming dangerously to blaspheming the Holy Spirit and that is an unforgivable sin. His active and constant rejecting of God’s grace and his hostility and proselytizing for atheism I am afraid is making him unreachable. Bill M wants your hate and hostility , it validates him and fuels his reason to getup everyday. I for one think it’s sad to see someone so lost floundering around in the “Don’t know what he doesn’t know” mindset.


18 posted on 09/25/2008 8:10:54 AM PDT by pburgh01
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To: Sybeck1

Maher’s a classy guy:
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1111041coco1.html


19 posted on 09/25/2008 8:10:56 AM PDT by fleagle ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. -Winston Churchill)
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To: TexasCajun

Read the article. He does bash Muslims. It will be interesting to see what the reaction will be on that side.


20 posted on 09/25/2008 8:10:56 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Sybeck1
Sigh....

Some folks believe the the sun in fact rises in the west and sets in the east. They cannot be convinced by either emotion or logic that they are in fact, wrong.

I guess this guy is one of those types.

I think Ronald Reagan had it right when he said something along the lines that “liberals/democrats believe so much that just isn't true”.

One day he will not wake up and meet someone who will set him straight, just not likely this side of eternity....

God Bless Molon Labe!

21 posted on 09/25/2008 8:11:13 AM PDT by Manly Warrior (US ARMY (Ret) "No Free Lunches for the Dogs of War")
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To: Sybeck1

Bill Maher is BORING!....


22 posted on 09/25/2008 8:12:04 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Sybeck1
Back Attcha Bro!


23 posted on 09/25/2008 8:12:14 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Squidpup
“”Religulous” is blatant about Maher’s feelings: religion is bad. All religions are bad. “

One can be a Christian and say that all religions are bad. They are man-made entities. But an atheist, like Maher, isn't just attacking religions, he is attacking anyone who believes in a Supreme Being.

24 posted on 09/25/2008 8:12:26 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sybeck1
The camera does not love Maher. I'll be honest I don't like looking at him. He's ugly with out any socially redeeming character.
25 posted on 09/25/2008 8:12:33 AM PDT by linn37 (Hail Me, Obama or be cast into the fiery pits of eternal damnation!")
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To: Borges
Heh heh.
26 posted on 09/25/2008 8:12:50 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who like to be called Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: Sybeck1
Another politically correct move by master of political correctness. Maher is Mr. PC.
27 posted on 09/25/2008 8:14:16 AM PDT by Blind Eye Jones
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To: Sybeck1
“progress of society” to the Left means going down.
28 posted on 09/25/2008 8:14:21 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Sarah Palin 08 12 16 20)
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To: Borges
He does bash Muslims. It will be interesting to see what the reaction will be on that side.

Maybe an imum will finally proclaim a fatwa I can support.

29 posted on 09/25/2008 8:14:48 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Sybeck1
religion is bad. All religions are bad. They are ruining everything.

I've stopped right there. He's never heard of communism, global warming fanatics or democrats?

30 posted on 09/25/2008 8:17:39 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God - G. K. Chesterton)
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To: Kimmers
"Maher is pathetic. I wonder what happened to him and people like him in their lives to cause them to be so bitter and cynical.....

All you have to do is look at the guy--a strapping 5' 5" with a face like the north end of a southbound mule. They say "God don't make no junk"--but in Bill's case-He came mighty close.
31 posted on 09/25/2008 8:18:54 AM PDT by Mac from Cleveland (Joe Biden behind a microphone is like Ted Kennedy behind a steering wheel)
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To: scottdeus12

Does this open against “An American Tale”?


32 posted on 09/25/2008 8:19:21 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (John McCain --- Balkanizing America with Conservative Votes......)
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To: Sybeck1

I will never forget how Charlton Heston totally humbled Maher.

Maher invited Heston to be on his show, along with a group of unimportant liberals. For the duration of the show, Heston just sat there as the liberals talked over each other, saying nothing of importance and puffing their little egos.

Finally, Maher intervened in the last few minutes, just so Heston could say something, and asked Heston if he would say something about guns. Then, after a pause, half-sneeringly, “as Moses would say it.”

Ooo-boy.

Heston, who had been so subdued, stood up, and suddenly looked a lot taller and larger than his 6’3” muscular frame. His eyes took on a gleam, and he did what Maher had asked.

He gave a short NRA speech about the right to guns, and he did it like he *was* Moses, with the same riveting command presence that you see in “The Ten Commandments”. The same booming voice. The same righteous strength. Riveting. Overwhelming.

When he had finished, the audience was utterly silent. The liberal jabber-jaws were silent. Awestruck. Amazed. For perhaps ten seconds, absolute silence. Finally Maher blurted out something to try and break the spell, but he got out just a few mumbled words.

The show was over. There was nothing else to say. In one short speech, Heston proved himself more than Maher had done, or can possibly do, in the rest of his petty life.


33 posted on 09/25/2008 8:22:03 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Sybeck1
For atheists:

religion is bad. All religions are bad

And there is no absolute morality and so they can do any disgusting perverted thing they feel like doing because they feel like doing it.

34 posted on 09/25/2008 8:23:55 AM PDT by mjp (Live & let live. I don't want to live in Mexico, Marxico, or Muslimico. Statism & high taxes suck)
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To: dfwgator
One can be a Christian and say that all religions are bad. They are man-made entities.

Exactly. I've personally seen how people can be driven away from belief by judgement by fervent Christians. One can also be an athiest, I think, and show some respect for the 97% who believe in a Supreme Being. Maher doesn't do that. I suspect he had an especially bad experience as a Catholic in his younger years.

35 posted on 09/25/2008 8:24:30 AM PDT by Types_with_Fist (I'm on FReep so often that when I read an article at another site I scroll down for the comments.)
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The articulate, quick-witted comedian. . .

Well, that's certainly a matter of opinion.

36 posted on 09/25/2008 8:24:43 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall cause you to vote against the Democrats.)
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To: dfwgator
One can be a Christian and say that all religions are bad. They are man-made entities. But an atheist, like Maher, isn't just attacking religions, he is attacking anyone who believes in a Supreme Being.

Does anyone else find it ironic that Maher incoherently calls religions "bad" as if he had an absolute good/bad standard of morality to measure them against? There can be no "progress" towards good or reduction of "evil" if there is no absolute divine moral standard.

Otherwise it's just Maher trying to shove his personal opinion of what's right down everyones' throat. But he could wake up on the other side of the bed tomorrow and reverse his ideas of good/bad, and in an atheistic universe either personal standard would be just as valid. "Good" and "evil" are bunk in a naturalistic universe - the meaningless products of meaningless collisions of particles in a meaningless universe.

37 posted on 09/25/2008 8:27:24 AM PDT by Liberty1970
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To: Sybeck1
Maher must be happy to know..
that Jesus came to make ALL RELIGION on this planet, Obsolete, AND DID..
38 posted on 09/25/2008 8:27:49 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: Sybeck1

Maher an IDIOT


39 posted on 09/25/2008 8:27:55 AM PDT by peace with honor
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Maher is pathetic. Other than the psychiatrist’s couch, I don’t see him enjoying his own life unless he knocks others down. His is an empty life.


40 posted on 09/25/2008 8:29:46 AM PDT by AmericaUnite
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To: Types_with_Fist
I suspect he had an especially bad experience as a Catholic in his younger years.

Either that, or he's been a jerk ALL his life.

41 posted on 09/25/2008 8:30:09 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: Sybeck1

I hate to point this out but atheism is a religion, too, and has done infinitely more damage to humanity thatn all the others combined


42 posted on 09/25/2008 8:30:39 AM PDT by wastoute
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To: Sybeck1
Why do they keep pushing this ugly face at us. This non- entertainer should be tucked away, far far away. Haven't ever cared for this non-entertainer.
43 posted on 09/25/2008 8:30:55 AM PDT by Pilated
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To: Borges

“He does bash Muslims. It will be interesting to see what the reaction will be on that side.”

_________________________________

We might know the answer to that on October 7: http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/


44 posted on 09/25/2008 8:31:20 AM PDT by 1curiousmind (Call me if you need me, just not at 3am.)
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To: fleagle

“That’s a man, Baby!”


45 posted on 09/25/2008 8:31:38 AM PDT by Wacka
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To: Judith Anne
Either that, or he's been a jerk ALL his life.

Yeah, I suppose so...:-) Whatever caused it, it IS the central thing in his life. He's especially fervent about religion.

46 posted on 09/25/2008 8:33:56 AM PDT by Types_with_Fist (I'm on FReep so often that when I read an article at another site I scroll down for the comments.)
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To: Types_with_Fist

Besides, Maher is nothing but a George Carlin starter kit.


47 posted on 09/25/2008 8:35:37 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sybeck1
Maher already has to answer to God for this one...


48 posted on 09/25/2008 8:37:36 AM PDT by Darth Republican (Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.)
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To: dfwgator
A Christian who holds to the Bible cannot say all religions are purely man-made:

"Thou art a rock, and upon this rock I will build my church."

Does God use sinful people in building His church? Sure, but that doesn't mean it's permitted to condemn wholesale what Christ Himself said He would build. A Christian can condemn the sins and the excesses of sinful Christians, but cannot condemn religion in toto.
49 posted on 09/25/2008 8:39:29 AM PDT by Philo-Junius (One precedent creates another. They soon accumulate and constitute law.)
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To: Squidpup

“”Religulous” is blatant about Maher’s feelings: religion is bad. All religions are bad.“

Actually there is one religion that he advocates. Atheism. Utterly supremacist in his view that all other religions (other than his own) are bad.


50 posted on 09/25/2008 8:43:14 AM PDT by weegee (Obama's a uniter?"I want you to argue with them (friends,neighbors,Republicans) & get in their face")
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