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Letters 07-27-2015

Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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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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