Day 148 – Religilous!
2009/01/29 § 2 Comments
While traveling one meets people of all kind of believes, and probably a larger than usual number of individuals sincerely searching for their “path in life”. A travel is an escape for many from the restraints of their usual environment and one has a chance to arrive at conclusions about themselves and their life not possible otherwise.
However, many seem to stop thinking for a while as well and must have left their brains home. They indulge in overly emotional spiritualism while they expose themselves to religious practices strange to their cultural upbringing. While an open approach is fine it should be done with a skeptical attitude, as we can see easily when we look at the negative effects of cults on people´s psychology (just think of Scientology, Jehovahs Witnesses, Mormons and the even more dreadful examples of suicide cults).
Atheists world-wide have been quiet for too long. Often due to a risk of being severely discriminated against. But eventually atheists have begun to speak up. Richard Dawkins  for instance who does the best service to atheism in my opinion. And now finally the long awaited documentary by Bill Maher, who is an excellent fighter for atheism using humor, has been released: Religilous.
It really has become a “mockumentary”, but WTF? Why not? The way he had the interviews with religious individuals of all flavors cut is daring, to say the least. It is clear that Maher´s intention is not really to make religion look good. I was a bit disappointed by that at first, as I would have expected a fair dealing with religion.
But after digesting the matter I came to the realization that the people who watch this are not going to be the ones believing, but the ones that came out the other side of their doubt as atheists already. People who believe would not watch this piece of highly entertaining sarcasm without having their heads explode. Besides, they usually do not react to reason and logic anyway.
Hopefully some people wondering about how serious they should take religion watch this though. In which case there is a fair chance they realize that people following religion must have turned their brains on the setting “white-noise” and that the religious dogmas are mere laughing matter (hence the title “religilous”, as a contraction of religion and ridiculous). Especially with all we know in the 21st century (anno domini).
Concluding, if you are sensitive about your believe and you cannot take any blasphemous jokes about your personal type of superstition, stay away from this work. If, on the other hand you are tiered of the nonsensical and at times aggressive arguments that religious people throw at us sincere non-believers in order to “convert” us, this is the movie you must see.
This movie offers some relaxing 90 minutes in the good company of a Bill Maher who approaches the religious nonsense laughing. He exposes the nonsense for what it is and exposes people who have decided to stop thinking. Again, after some initial sensitivity about the mocking of seemingly innocent religious-nuts I came to the conclusion that it is actually just fair to mock them. After all, we are not the ones holding unprovable and childish believes. Here, dear believer, we do not laugh with you, we laugh about you! 🙂