A documentary review written by: Lee Sonogan
1hr40min(2008) Comedy, documentary
Bill Maher: [Points at the Vatican] Does that look like anything Jesus had in mind?
This documentary analyses and challenges religion and religious belief. Directed by Larry Charles it stars comedian Bill Maher. A wide range of world religion is shown in this movie in different countrs. With a budget of $2.5 million dollars it made $13.9 million at the box office. The movie starts where many christians believe the world will come to an end.
Is religion bad for civilization or civilizations? There has been many events in the past caused by religion and in modern times religion may be a biggest cause in why we still have wars today. This documentary shows the worst of belief and faith in interviews and people in general. Religion is not shown in a positive way and I do not recommend this documentary to people of religion.
Maher tweeted a photo of himself and director Larry Charles with the caption: “Director Larry Charles on the Hawaii trip this year…was “Religulous II” discussed??”, suggesting the possibility of a sequel. Asking simple questions it creates hilarious answers and situations out through the movie. Not all jokes it is about the human race accepting responsibility of itself. I recommend this documentary to people who are spiritually or interested in its type of comedy.
Bill Maher: The irony of religion is that because of its power to divert man to destructive courses, the world could actually come to an end. The plain fact is, religion must die for mankind to live. The hour is getting very late to be able to indulge in having in key decisions made by religious people. By irrationalists, by those who would steer the ship of state not by a compass, but by the equivalent of reading the entrails of a chicken. George Bush prayed a lot about Iraq, but he didn’t learn a lot about it. Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking. It’s nothing to brag about. And those who preach faith, and enable and elevate it are intellectual slaveholders, keeping mankind in a bondage to fantasy and nonsense that has spawned and justified so much lunacy and destruction. Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don’t have all the answers to think that they do. Most people would think it’s wonderful when someone says, “I’m willing, Lord! I’ll do whatever you want me to do!” Except that since there are no gods actually talking to us, that void is filled in by people with their own corruptions and limitations and agendas. And anyone who tells you they know, they just know what happens when you die, I promise you, you don’t. How can I be so sure? Because I don’t know, and you do not possess mental powers that I do not. The only appropriate attitude for man to have about the big questions is not the arrogant certitude that is the hallmark of religion, but doubt. Doubt is humble, and that’s what man needs to be, considering that human history is just a litany of getting shit dead wrong. This is why rational people, anti-religionists, must end their timidity and come out of the closet and assert themselves. And those who consider themselves only moderately religious really need to look in the mirror and realize that the solace and comfort that religion brings you actually comes at a terrible price. If you belonged to a political party or a social club that was tied to as much bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, violence, and sheer ignorance as religion is, you’d resign in protest. To do otherwise is to be an enabler, a mafia wife, for the true devils of extremism that draw their legitimacy from the billions of their fellow travelers. If the world does come to an end here, or wherever, or if it limps into the future, decimated by the effects of religion-inspired nuclear terrorism, let’s remember what the real problem was that we learned how to precipitate mass death before we got past the neurological disorder of wishing for it. That’s it. Grow up or die.
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