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Religulous Exposes the Dirt that is Organized Religion

By Dirty Dan

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I finally got around to seeing Bill Maher’s surprisingly poignant documentary Religulous last night.  Now, granted, it’s pretty one sided, in a sense that they don’t really choose the best responses from the individuals he interviews (at least, I really, REALLY hope they aren’t the best responses!!!).  Based on the people he interviews, from the streets of middle America all the way to the Vatican, the film made me wonder how anyone could possibly take the Bible, the Koran, the Kabbalah or any other book that tries to dictate one’s moral actions seriously.

Throughout the film, Maher wanders the world debating anyone who’ll speak to him about the concepts and ideas of all the various world religions.  He poses very simple questions such as “if God is all mighty, then why doesn’t he just rid the world of Satan?”  Answer:  he will.

He will?  Wtf is that?!?!

Most of the people chicken out and run away (or look like they want to punch him) when they realize his intent of making a ‘documentary about religion’.  I understand that it’s hard to mess with people and their faith, but some of these people are blatantly trying to cash in off of religion more than actually believe in it themselves.  One of my more favorite moments was when he asked someone who claims to have received a message from God why God only communicates with one person at a time.  Wouldn’t it be much more efficient for God to speak to all human beings at once?  I mean, does God not have spam capabilities? 

In the film, Maher is able to expose Organized Religion for what it is.  After all, why is it only individuals who are at weak points in their lives (ie. in jail, recovering from assorted addictions, experienced loss of a loved one, etc) who claim to have faith and believe in God.  Doesn’t that seem to be very convenient for those who profit off of the weak?  In Religulous, Maher interviews one of those televangelists who preaches on tv to hundreds of thousands of people at once.  He makes a point to mention all of the designer clothes, fancy jewels and snakeskin boots that the televangelist is wearing, and how they were bought with money from the collection plate.  This man, who many people rely on for faith, tells Maher that his viewers expect him to look good.

I could, and should, write a blog of some sort on this film, and organized religion as a whole.  But I’m pressed for time right now, and the key message I found most inspiring in Religulous was that anyone and everyone who is nonreligious, Atheist or Agnostic…  we need to stand up and unite as one, and tell all of these people who would rather kill and destroy in the name of their God than share a world of peace to shut the fuck up and find a new hobby.

Sinners Repent, the End is Near…

By Dirty Dan

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Have you ever been walking down a city street, minding your own business, and some asshole starts preaching to you about the end of the world?  Dirty Dick sent me a link to the picture above and it reminded me of one such occurrence that happened the saturday before 9-11-01.  My brother came to visit with his girlfriend at the time, and she was ‘not from around here’, so naturally, we did what everyone has to do when someone from out of town comes to visit New York City.  We took her on a tour of all of the city’s greatest tourist traps.  Times Square, Rockefeller Center, ferry ride, etc.

While we were rounding a corner near Rockefeller Center, we came across some loud mouth religious-type who was spouting off something or other about the Apocalypse.  I have seen many of these people in my time.  While I could give two shits what anyone believes in a religious sense, I can’t stand when they try to force their beliefs on anyone and everyone within earshot.  Not only is it noise pollution, but it’s almost as annoying as those other idiots who go door to door trying to hand out the way of the Lord.  If I want to read about the good Lord, that’s what libraries and Church is for.  (NOTE TO RELIGIOUS NUTS:  You can’t convert someone who has no interest in converting, so you’re just wasting your time, and that of everyone else.)

Anyway, as we approached this kook, I was annoyed listening to his verbal diarrhea.  I yelled out something to the effect of “Hey asshole!  I hear all of you dipshits yelling about the end of the world.  When is it going to happen already?!?!?!”  He stopped talking for a moment and chillingly stared at me.  Finally, he started yelling directly at me, saying “WHEN THE END COMES, GOD WILL NOT SAVE YOU” or some mumbo-jumbo.  I thought nothing of that day, until about 3 days later when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center.  Then, it occured to me:  Wow!  How coincidental that was!

Trust me.  If God exists, the last thing he cares about is some asshole on a soapbox trying to convince you that he knows what he is talking about.  And, if that is exactly what God cares about, I have no interest in spending eternity in the afterlife if I have to hang out with more assholes than I hang out with here in this life.