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Trailer for Bill Maher Movie Religulous

Bill Maher Puts New Movie "Religulous" in the Offering Plate

Bill Maher isn't what you'd call a God-fearing man — far from it. He makes no secret that he's a rationalist and an atheist, and thinks all organized religions are a bunch of bunk. The comedian is trying his hand at preaching without the choir in his new documentary, Religulous, directed by Borat director Larry Charles.

He says the movie aims to answer these questions:

What do you believe, why do you believe it, and why do you need to believe it? Can we be good without God? Is religion a calling or a mental illness? Were Jesus, Moses and Mohammed prophets and visionaries, or crackpot nut cases who today would be put away? Is religion an obsessive-compulsive disorder?

The doc features visits to Jerusalem and the Vatican with interviews including Jews for Jesus, Muslims, polygamists, Satanists, Hasidic Scholars and even Rael of the Raelian Movement (the UFO folks). Check out the trailer. The movie comes out October 3 — do you think this movie is sent from heaven, or hasn't got a prayer?

To see Bill talk to Larry King about the movie and his views on religion — including his assertion that we don't need a person of faith in the White House, but rather a "person of doubt,"


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flanksteak flanksteak 8 years
Well, now you can buy your very own Bill Maher grilled cheese sandwich on eBay!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I dont really care for him, there are too many reasons to list. THe only things he and i agree on are Legalizing pot, prostitution and the fact that all the 9/11 conspiracy theorists are nut jobs.
acyl acyl 9 years
Oh, and I just want to add: You can have a happy life and be a good person w/out religion. And I'm quite happy for there to be nothing after death. One life is enough. Live it while you can.
acyl acyl 9 years
i LOVE Bill Maher!!!!! He is hilarious and tells it like it is. No tip-toeing around religion for him. I will definitely see this movie, and buy the DVD.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
First - wars have been fought for much less, and more often then not, religion, or any other reason to go to war are just excuses. Let's not confuse the subject by saying people go to war over a religion. Second - making a film that only shows the very worst people in a group is insulting to the whole group. It's like making a film about professional football players who abuse or kill their spouses, and implying that all football players are like this, or that all baseball players are big drunkards, based on Babe Ruth and Willie Mays (both of whom drank a lot).
sydneyalias sydneyalias 9 years
I would like to see this. I agree that often times people go too far with religion. Look at all the wars started over it. I think it's at least an interesting thing to discuss. Plus, if you do believe something so much, what harm is there in someone asking you to explain your faith? I think some people are so outraged when someone questions their faith, they forget that if it's true there's no harm is questioning it. Where does the anger come from? I think that's what he's doing with the film - showing how irrational some people become when questioned about faith.
I will be seeing this. Surprised, anyone? I agree that organized religion is BS, and also that it is the root of MANY wars. I also do not want to be a part of something that is as exclusive as religion. I've seen people attacked by "Christians" because they don't believe in their God, and I think it is absolutely disgusting. Live and let live.
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
Bill Maher is KING. Can't wait for this movie.
allthingsgrow allthingsgrow 9 years
i'd see it in a heartbeat. i think organized religion is BS.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I guess so. I'm not going to convince you in one evening.
em113 em113 9 years
oh geez I guess we will just have to agree to disagree on the religion point.
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 9 years
If you don't believe in religion then you don't have sins to be forgiven for. Why does religion have to be so judgemental? Bill Maher makes a very good case. I love his show and will be seeing his movie.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Unfortunately, if you don't believe in life after death (have faith that there is a higher being who forgives your sins), how can those sins be forgiven? You can't have it both ways. You can commit any number of sins, and as long as you repent and ask forgiveness, then you will be allowed to enter. Not believing is like trying to say the gatekeeper doesn't exist, but let me in anyway.
em113 em113 9 years
What does that mean though, he believes in wealth? Are you saying wealth is all he cares about or that it's one of his values? (Not being sarcastic, really am I unclear on what you mean) Because I don't think there is any way for us to know that that is what matters most to him and I would go as far to say that (from what I've observed) he's cares about a lot of more substantial, immaterial things. And as far as for when he dies, I'm assuming you're saying it's all over him because he's an atheist. Does that mean if there's heaven he'll be kept out? I'm more agnostic than anything else, but as long as he (and I) have lived a life without murdering people (etc. etc.) we should be in heaven right along side everyone else...
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I feel sorry for him because he believes in wealth but has not faith. This is the only life he has. When he dies, it's all over for him. That's sad
em113 em113 9 years
I don't feel sorry for Bill Maher. He makes a great living talking about things that interest him. He's successful enough that he was able to fund (or get funded) a documentary. He's lucky if you ask me. This movie looks pretty funny, I'll check it out, probably a renter.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
On the thread about HRC's campaign spending, HF made it seem like she might be taking a break for a while. :( Maybe she won't be able to do it. The Sugar sites are like crack. She'll be jonesing after a day. :)
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I feel sorry for Bill Maher.
syako syako 9 years
I'm hoping about 30 minutes. :fingerscrossed:
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
HF how long of a break are we talking?
syako syako 9 years
No problemo Harmony. And when you're ready to convert, let us know! :pucca: cab- let me know if you have any specific questions about it.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Well I do have a basic understanding of HTML, so thats good! Thanks Sy!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Okay I'm FORCING myself to take a break from News...but someone messaged me about this. This is HIGH-larious! Thank you SY for making my day. :hug:
syako syako 9 years
No. It's not hard. It is helpful to have a basic understanding of HTML, but it's not necessary.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
And yeah, Jillness- no matter how valid your points, if you surround them with insults, it weakens your argument. Unfortunately, if it wasn't at least a little snide, no one would watch it, I think.
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