By Julie D. Griffin
Some religious groups today, or best known as cults make sure you know that love provides no factor, no basis for the foundation of the church. At best, and worse than a hazing, you soon find out that with most churches, it is who you know as a human member of the place, and not the good spirit supposed to reside on the topside of the heart. Of course, places like The Salvation Army, Teen Challenge and some other organizations today still put out heart and hand out to help people the way Jesus did. But with the Religulous, while the definitive journey of one man who like a lot of us sprouted out of a mixed family group and with one parent Catholic or Baptist, and the other parent Jewish, the options for the every weekend attendance of some type of organized religious group while seemed like a choice to some, looked a lot more like a whole lot of confusion going onto a small child, according to the walking narrator of this documentary. All a small child knows after all consists of what the small being wants. Mainly love, acceptance, some comfortable clothing for play time, good food on the dinner table and peace after a head laid down on the pillow at night.
Just as a coloring book and crayons or some books and toys, most children used to consider a luxury, church attendance used to be something for no matter what religious group a family affiliated with an expectation and not a given. Once even the bliss of the fold meant something. But to attend some church services today is a frightening custom at best, and while the film at hand pokes fun at a variety of religious persons interviewed ~ What polyphonies arise to spoil the best day of one who happier had not ever gone at all. Shakespeare faced the same tyrant as a playwright. He looked upon church services as most do nowadays, as the pleating of the ceremony of the games and riddles. Unable to figure out and much as the host of the documentary here, where a nail went in and where it came out, as children who once loved those games, as an adult most churches represent nothing more than the disorderly disruption of a prior pleasure, which Bill Maher did his best to point out. As if to say to the religulous that no one likes people playing games with their lives anymore than the host producer of the live film documentary on religion mayhem. Much of the material led to a lot of humor about the religious sector. But also as Maher pointed out, most of the activities of churches today leave one as befuddled just as much the same way a small child views such events. Mostly, as a whole lot of confusion going on. From Jerusalem to the Holy Land experience, portmanteau explores how many combine religion with ridiculous to form man-made belief systems which often equal something known as Christ Myth Theory, according to the film documentary.
With the origination of a prior film, Borat, as a young hometown hero who comes here from another continent to learn about our country, Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, that illustrative fiction-based movie well describes how confusing religious wonderings may appear to the unknowing, hurting or searching. The integration of hip-hop and the complexities of relationship tempo alone punish even the simple heart of a national, let alone an international. Borat just wants to marry a wife and settle down. Here, churches tell people who to marry, when to marry and even when to break up a marriage. Then later on they want you to re-marry who they said you should had left in the first place or to remarry that one they said you should even be ashamed of wanting in the first place. It is no surprise why even a small child may look upon the whole thing which some name church, as chaos. The delight of the sister film which tells the story of Borat, Borat finally chooses to marry the woman who his best friend, he enjoys spending time with and she brings him peace, happiness, delight, and later on a child. So simple.
But as you make a steady pace throughout the documentary at hand here, Religulous, Maher talks to a number of religious leaders authentically questioning their deepest belief systems, goals and systematic religious serial destruction of the people who attend. Some things meet with all truths, and others just do not measure up to the plate. And just like Borat found the simple answer to his problem of finding a good wife, Maher blows apart a lot of complicated belief systems which the speakers fail to prove and for which the basis bleeds dry after only a few moments of each implosion. “They call me the seeker. I been searchin low and high,” rang out the lyrics of The Seeker a song written by Pete Townshend and performed by English rock band The Who, and featured on their 1971 compilation album Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy. At the birth place of the virgin Mary, for example, even a highly questioning Maher asks, “Are we just drinking the blood of a two-thousand year old God ~ Shameless invented as we go along?” And yet some agree with basic taught church beliefs without questioning them. The comedienne host himself even stated during the filming of the documentary as he traipsed from one lofty religious impresario to another, that as a child he did not even know any better. He said he would have worshiped anything that involved baseball or Superman. Which takes us to the next pier of performance. The last analytical for sure both at question. Most big churches who want big crowds know exactly how to use this kind of ploy of child-psychology or how to adapt same just to draw in the big crowds. Interestingly, the comic as serious investigator spent more time examining all of the facts concerning this as well as Jesus more than the people he interviewed. Some of the so-called congregants gave no real justification for their own God. Maher comments on things like the attitude of some people of the film of a how dare you dispute my God with no real good reason as to why or why not type of stance. Common people on the streets and some seeming inmates gave a more concise and clear evidence for the Christ, and the reason behind a certain belief system, and how they came to be than almost all of the religulous men Maher questioned during the film. Save only one particular Catholic priest at the very end of the film, most of the others made no sense whatsoever. “I think not having faith is a luxury ~ How can people believe in the talking snake and the virgin birth?” He asked at one church. And while also simultaneously shouting out, “Hey, my wallet.” He concluded that a person of faith must be insane.