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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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Bill Maher gets Religulous

Rick Coates - July 28th, 2008
As in 2006 when Traverse City Film Festival attendees got a first peek at Borat (before it was released nationally) they will get a first look the new Larry Charles film Religulous at this year’s festival.
A member of the Traverse City Film Festival Board of Directors, Charles will also sit on All Star Comedy Panel session Saturday morning at the Opera House.
Religulous is a documentary directed by Charles and produced by Bill Maher, who also serves as the talent in front of the camera. The film will be released worldwide in October. The title of the film is derived from a combination of the words religion and ridiculous and Charles and Maher travel the world exposing what the feel are some “ridiculous” belief systems.
“I really do believe that religion is ridiculous. It is really a bureaucracy -- a lot like government -- full of false promises,” said Maher. “I think religion is destructive to mankind.”
His position on religion has been documented over the years on such programs as “Real Time With Bill Maher.” Several religious leaders, including the head of the American Catholic League have come out with strong words, even fighting words, against Bill Maher.

‘I’D FLOOR HIM’
“Bill Maher, constantly is going after not just religion in general, he really has it out against Christians,” said Bill Donahue of the Catholic League during a Fox News interview. “I’m at the point right now where I’d love to challenge this guy in a ring... preferably Madison Square Garden. I’m a lot older than he is, but let me tell you something, I’d floor him.”
Maher chuckles and ponders “Is that really what Jesus would want him to do?”
While he has been labeled a “religious bigot” by many, Maher sees himself simply asking questions and pointing out what he sees “fairy tales” converted into belief systems.
“I never said that I didn’t believe in God. What I have said is that I don’t believe in religion,” said Maher. “In the past we have been so sure of things. At one time people were positive the world was flat. What we have tried with this film is to show some of the extreme belief systems people have and how they have harmful effects on society.”
Maher and Charles traveled the globe visiting major religious communities including The Vatican, Salt Lake City and Jerusalem interviewing people of faith along the way.
“A majority doesn’t make something right. At the start of the war with Iraq a majority favored it; now a majority does not. At one time we thought slavery was right,” said Maher. “There are about 20% of Americans that I call ‘rationalist’ when it comes to this whole concept of religion. What I am hoping this film does is start the dialogue that allows this silent minority the opportunity to feel comfortable talking about how they feel about religion.”
While Maher will not make it Traverse City, Larry Charles will introduce “Religulous” and discuss the making of the film at each of the screenings. Charles will also appear on Saturday August 2 at the Panel Session at the
Opera House.
 
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