“Religulous,” Leaving no stone tablet unturned

Posted: October 6, 2008 in Above the Fold, Keep it real, Legal Prejudice, Networking, Snap, Crackle and POP Culture
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For months, I have seen reviews, recommendations and rants about Bill Maher’s pathetic “mockumentary” and affront on the Church, “Religulous.”

Personally, I have just never thought Maher was funny. Don’t get me wrong, he’s sharp as a tack, but his humor just doesn’t whet my appetite with his “hot and cold,” 15-year old schtick. Then again, some folk loathe Robin Williams and I think he is a couple of IQ points shy of genius. C’est la vie.

However, the one thing that is consistent about this shrew is his abhorrent hatred for God AND the entire Body of Christ. Great, you don’t like God. Lovely, you can do without Jesus. I get it. How do you turn this thing off anyway? However, what he is doing is about as transparent as his lack of faith…

Anyone who is half-cocked with common sense, linear thinking and backed by Hollywood can altar any sense of perception (Michael Moore, anyone?) What’s bone-gritting and unconsciousable about what Maher is doing is that… half of what he is saying is RIGHT because he doesn’t have far to look before he runs into a “religulous” kook.

To him – and people like him – this is your example of “Be a Christian, be like me”: Robert Tilton, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda, David Koresh, Jim Jones, Andrea Yates. Sigh, need I go on?! Lately, at least in the news, there seems to be a possessed fulcrum on this jacked-up balance.

One side of the Jesus spectrum are the Amish, Mennonites and anyone else who looks like they stormed off the set of “The Village.” And on the other side is every fruit, nut and flake that makes up the public life of Jesus Christ. From the scandals in megachurches to the lifestyles of the rich and infamous on Christian TV, Maher has a cornucopia of material to make this movie. Why is this such a surprise?

Heck, bad witnesses, hypocritical preachers and deplorable Christian lives seemed to be the yard-thick albatross that permitted me from meeting the true living God. Come on. If THAT was the mirror image of what it meant to be saved, wouldn’t you rather just be lost? Evidently, Bill Maher has the same problem and the Body of Christ has a part in the blame.

Maher more than finds the fault with believing in a God you can’t see, he vituperates it. Vehemently. Why? He can deny it until his sense of humor becomes well, humorus again but that man has been burned somehow by some tool who said he or she “loved Jesus.” Don’t believe me?

How many bigots have you known? Why does their prejudice exist? Because at some point in their lives, they met the living, breathing reason for the stereotype they hold dear. Regardless the race or religion, gender or geography, if you have hatred toward a mass of people, it’s typically because you sniffed out the one rotten apple in the bunch.

Well, Bill Maher has a sensitive nose, a hell-bent attitude and most likely a hardened heart. He’s not Satan. He’s not a tool of the devil. He’s simple a broken dude on a mission to bash the one thing that has caused him pain. If only he knew those tools he has come across don’t speak for God, just God does. Not knowing that is religulous. And that’s no joke.

  1. Keanan Brand says:

    Maher annoys me simply because of that “I’m right, you’re wrong, and I get to mock you” attitude in which he operates.

    I can disagree with him without calling him names or making sweeping judgments about comedians simply based on Maher’s performance.

    I agree with you about “Christians” giving Christianity a bad name–a lot of bad things have been done under the umbrella of Christianity or by tacking on God’s name–but intelligent folks who are interested in truth will consider facts, opinions, history, et cetera, rather than making reactionary judgments.

    In RELIGULOUS, which I have not seen, I can only imagine the audience will be subjected to Maher’s skewed version, without a balanced view. I may watch the “documentary” on a day when my stomach is strong enough to handle it.

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