Friends of God: A Road Trip with Alexandra Pelosi
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There are extremists in every group which are unfortunately louder then those who are sane - thus generating the bad reputation that a lot of these groups end up with. This documentary showcases such crazy extremists.
I will never understand why politics started mixing so heavily with religion, as religion is NOT the birthplace of morality. But that is another matter.
This documentary is entertaining moreso then it is informative. I don't see an apparent bias, as Pelosi barely speaks with the exception of asking questions, which tend to be general and not particularly pointed or offensive (unlike Micheal Moore) as evident by the relaxed nature the interviewees exhibit while answering the questions. Yes, Pelosi may be a liberal, but that does not in and of itself mean that she is biased or hates Christians or any other absurd things said in the reviews on this website.
See it for yourself and make your own decision. Just understand that this documentary is about fundamental Evangelicals and is NOT about Christianity in general, as stated in the film's description.
If you're looking for an in-depth analysis, or someone to question their beliefs, choose Bill Maher or someone like that. This presents the subculture of conservative evangelicals very positively.
Cruising through the heart of America, Pelosi interviews many prominent and not so prominent hard-core fundamentalist individuals, pastors, and organizations in order to demonstrate their ever-growing involvement in American Politics.
The issue that struck me the most was the efforts of organizations such as Answers in Genesis to imbue children with the pseudo-scientific concepts such as the coexistence of dinosaurs and man. Even after autonomous refutation by the scientific community, this hard-core fundamentalist camp still seeks to turn young minds to the cause of "Creationism." Personally, I believe that this deprives children of one of the most cherished gifts: the ability to think for one's self. In more ways than one, this is child abuse of the worst kind.
As a gay man, I must give credit to Pelosi for including a prominent gay clergyman in the documentary. I always have theorized that fundamentalist-evangelicals have felt the necessity to continue to demonize the GLBT community for the fear of losing their jobs. The day the GLBT community merges with the greater American community, is the day the fundamentalist-evangelical movement runs out of steam. The very idea that homosexuals have the same rights as other citizens!!!
In short, "Friends of God" is a very important documentary for the personal collections of the political warey. Liberals and political conservatives alike will enjoy this dvd. Of course, one must always consider the biases of the creator. Pelosi is a self-described atheist and the question of her own intentions for creating this documentary is ever present.Read more ›
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Excellent, well-done reminder that the lunatic fringe still holds sway in much of The United States todayPublished 9 months ago by Philip Nowers
I really enjoyed this documentary and thought it was well done.Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
I'm a conservative Christian. Although I realize that there are a lot of churches and Christians, or those labeling themselves as Christians who are teaching and doing things that... Read morePublished 10 months ago by TT0511
This is an exceptional film that shows how political groups seek to link into deep religious feelings. The result is people vote without their mindsPublished 10 months ago by Tucson Jim
Very sad to see so many ignorant, deluded, uneducated, ethnocentric bigots on parade.Published 11 months ago by JG