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Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...

In Favor Of Our Parks [Traverse] City Proposal 1 is a creative way to improve our city parks without using our tax dollars. By using a small portion of our oil and gas royalties from the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, our parks can be improved for our children and grandchildren.

From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...

Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...

Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.

The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.

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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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