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The documentary follows Bill Maher as he travels around the globe interviewing people about God and religion. Known for his astute analytical skills, irreverent wit and commitment to never pulling a punch, Maher brings his characteristic honesty to an unusual spiritual journey.
Bill Maher incurs the wrath of multiple religious zealots of myriad faiths in Religulous, a snarky but unexpectedly powerful documentary. Maher bluntly disputes the value of religion in a world made increasingly dangerous, on the one hand, by fanaticism of all kinds and the human race's environmental self-destructiveness on the other. No one is immune from Maher's dogged questions about the illogic and negative fallout of doctrines that advocate violence or shun scientific evidence or marginalize minorities or punish anyone who disagrees with any religion's extreme tenets. Maher takes his inquiries to the Vatican; to small, evangelical Christian churches; to Jerusalem; to Amsterdam (where elements of an increasingly vocal Muslim community have shown violence toward critics); to a large, African-American church in a big city; and to several bizarre theme parks celebrating creationism and the life of Jesus. Wherever he goes, Maher seeks to demonstrate that many of the world's major religions are rife with hypocrisy, completely self-referential, and destructive to the collective good. The fast-moving, globe-trotting film is full of highlights, including a great scene where Maher, in disguise, argues for the core beliefs of Scientology to a bemused crowd at Speaker's Corner in London's Hyde Park. There's also a wonderful moment where Maher, just having been thrown out of the Vatican, gets a terrific interview with a maverick priest. Raised Catholic but in reality half-Jewish, Maher also spends time with his mother and sister trying to reconcile the role of religion in his childhood. Everything is really leading toward Maher's major point that atheists and agnostics are in a sizable minority but are afraid to speak out in these days of zealotry. If that minority stays in the background, Maher says, we may very well be heading toward catastrophe. --Tom Keogh
Beyond Religulous on DVD
Religulous the soundtrack
New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer the book
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The documentary is filled with mini interviews with Bill jabbing and laughing.
The comedian preaches the doctrine of I don’t know and the other guys are selling certainty.
During the construction of a museum, he interviewed the boss, and later was thrown out at least two places
But, someone told Bill, “You have the right to live and die with your stupid ideas.”
Later he preached weird stuff at Times Square to an audience, until someone took his balloon hat away.
After being treated to stuff, Maher summed it up:
Religion must die that man might live. Faith means making decisions without reason. Religions are dangerous because they allow people who do not have the answers to think that they do. Doubt is humble and that is what man needs to be. Rational people must assert themselves. Grow up, or die.
I love how Bill Maher is just like thinking in his head "seriously people, that's your argument?"