“[Maher’s] scattershot and ad hominem attacks against many different forms of religious hypocrisy don’t add up to a coherent critique, and he’s not qualified to provide one.”
“One of the rules of satire is that you can’t mock things you don’t understand, and Religulous starts developing fault lines when it becomes clear that Maher’s view of religious faith is based on a sophomoric reading of the Scriptures.”
“In the end, for all its genuflections towards free inquiry and rational debate, Maher is as close-minded as any of the preachers he despises.”
*Classic* theist knee-jerks to questions/challenges from atheists– Youre MEAN! You dont UNDERSTAND how ELEGANT my faith is! Atheism is just like RELIGION!
Sweet. I had to go see this movie.
So me and a band of gritty, culture-war-wisened Oklahoma Atheists went to see ‘Religulous’ this weekend–
The theater was full. Not Harry-Potter-opening-night full, but full. In Oklahoma. Though ‘Religulous’ has an R rating (not a ‘bring the whole family!’ PG rating, like EXPELLED!), the audience ranged from groups of teenagers to elderly couples (one went to complain to the theater management to turn up the movie volume, heh! Thank you old lady!)
The movie itself was just great. I laughed, groaned, and laughed and groaned at the same time. Maher didnt spare anyone– Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Jews, Mormons, Scientologists, the Church of Cannabis… Wait, Hindus. I think he missed Hundus.
The interviews were super– Maher gave everyone enough rope to hang themselves just by asking questions. It was amazing how fast these people got violent in response to *questions*. There was even a throw-down between two True Christians (TM) at The Holy Land Experience, when they realized they disagreed on a key issue (can the Jews be saved?). My favorite moments were the interviews with Francis Collins (DO NOT WANT), a Vatican priest (not what you expect), and of course, Ken Ham. Ken was very pleased with his performance:
As Maher interviews Ken in his office later, Ken is able to answer Maher’s questions well and rationally–even on the nature of God. Ken turns the tables on Maher by asking him a question he can’t answer: “Bill, are you God?” Maher is left with no answer other than “no” and then silence. It is telling that he interviewed no one else with the theological grounding to defend the Christian faith.
Oh, the Muslims in this movie were fantastic! He interviewed a female Islamic politician in Denmark (progressive!), a Muslim rapper who defended free speech, and a generic ‘traditional’ Muslim. All three of these individuals could not say ‘Its wrong to kill someone for speaking out against Islam/Muhammad/whatever.’ It wasnt just the ‘traditional’ dude, it was the ‘progressive’ chick and ‘free speech’ rapper who couldnt say ‘Killing is wrong’. Umm humm. Disgusting.
Anyway, I think this movie will be more fun for people who dont live in Oklahoma (a nice freak-show for anyone who doesnt live with this insanity), but it was a wonderful bonding experience for us OKers. An hour-and-forty-minute safe haven.