On this blog you have seen Robert Morey’s and Father Robert Barron’s critique and rebuttals to Bill Maher’s 2008 documentary movie Religulous. Now you will hear some Jewish Rabbis make their own critique of the movie. I hope you will find their conclusions and statements as just as riveting and fascinating.
Controversial Reformed scholar and author of the book “Death and The Afterlife”, Robert Morey gives his, let’s say, scathing review on Bill Maher’s 2008 documentary “Religulous”. For those who think Bill gets a little smug in the area of religion, never fear—at least Robert Morey in his own way cuts Bill down to size.
I don’t get Fox News in my cable system here in Toronto, Canada but I know that former U.S. presidential canidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has his own show on the network. Here he engages in a civil discussion with Bill Maher about his recent documentary Religulous. I have always liked Governor Huckabee and I will dare say it is lazy, irresponsible and non-thinking to categorize him as simply as just another right wing religious nut. Frankly, I find him a lot better than Sarah Palin hands down (at least he respects critical thinking, Governor Palin does not). Enough of politics, here’s his challenge on Bill Maher’s Religulous.
Bill Maher’s documentary Religulous, of course—which debuts this Friday in the theatres! Me and my friend Joe (a former Worldwider) is looking sooo forward to see this movie! Some ultra conservative true believers will question why I am seeing such a movie that borders on blasphemy according them. Again, these people have purposely missed the point. Bill Maher has consistently said he is not against the concept of God—but of organized religion. Also Bill Maher has long since argued that organized religion has become a bureaucracy or a middleman to God. I have never agreed with everything that Bill has to say about religion but I can only credit him of making me and many others “think”. When I met Tony Campolo when he visited Toronto in 1999 at the People’s Church, I agreed with Tony Compolo’s conclusion that Bill Maher is a very intelligent person. Dr.Campolo has many times have been on Bill’s previous show Politically Incorrect. Here is some youtube.com clips from CBC news that discuss his movie and two clips from ABC’s The View in which Bill Maher appears on talking to the regular panel. To Bill Maher fans I can only say, “enjoy”, and make it a point to see “Religulous”.
I have been a long time fan of comedian, satirist and commentator Bill Maher who hosts HBO’s Real Time ( a show that I have to see on Youtube.com in Canada OR listen to it on HBO online. The only time Canada will get HBO is that Canada is going to have to join the U.S. to get it, but again that’s another topic for another time and possibly my other blog). I enjoyed him on ABC’s Politically Incorrect during it’s run from 1997-2002 and made sure I taped it on my VCR if I couldn’t see him when he was on midnight because of a work shift that I had at that time or I had to go bed for a job that began in the morning, but it was always worth it! He was the big brother I never had in the sense that he had little patience for religious fantacism, Christian phariseeism and legalism and religious stupidity in all faiths. In some ways I wish he was there during my years in Armstrongism and punching a few black eyes (metaphorically and physically) to those who thought I was an object to be used. Also, Russ of I Survived Armstrongism does remind of Bill Maher (that’s a supremely high compliment Russ!) —well of course, they are both left of centre libertarians and both have little patience of moralizing busybodies who want to delve in everybody’s private lives. Yes, I know Bill is a newly converted “apatheist” meaning he doesn’t give a rat’s behind whether there is or isn’t a God—we all need to do good for the sake of doing good. Some Christians of a more traditional old school approach believe I should not be supporting this man or seeing his upcoming movie come October called Religulous. Well, as a person of faith, I firmly support Byker Bob’s rightly strident disappointment where some Christians take pride that one should leave their mind at the door or lose 50 IQ points and become blonde. If it takes an apatheist like Bill to expose their nonsense, I am all for it! These people are not doing nor helping mankind any good. Plus with Bill Maher, I learn something new from him all the time (though he may piss me off on occassion). Without further blather, here is the trailer of his new documentary (coming in October)—Religulous!