AGORA
: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.


CRITICAL WOMEN HEADLINES

8/15/08

RELIGULOUS Larry Charles, Director

Produced by and Featuring

Bill Maher
"An uproarious nonfiction film about the greatest fiction ever told"


You may have to wait until October 3, 2008 to see LIONGATE"S Bill Maher film Religulous, but it is well worth the wait.

This film takes on the crazy world we live in where the fanciful seems real and the real is all too unbelievable even for our
superior intelligence and our capacity to think and understand beyond the immediate.

What has stopped man's progress into the yet-to-be conquered capacity to know and to live harmoniously with one another
is organized religion.

With Bill Maher at the helm, this expose of the power of religion to keep the otherwise sane, if there is such a state of mind, trapped into a bizarre set of beliefs and understandings that defy science, common sense and ordinary intelligence is as funny as it is tragic.

For many it is an eye opener to learn how and what people believe and the overwhelming strength of their beliefs in the absence of credible evidence.

The music reflects an advance is religious striving into the 21st century making the less than intelligent concepts seem so real that people can and do dance to the images of Jesus, of God of any and all sorts. This is an explosive film because of the ideas Bill Maher dares bring to the screen And that is why it must be seen.

What is missing is the how and the what of organized religion and religious beliefs as they effect the lives of ordinary women.

Although Maher's mother says that they(Maher's parents) left Catholicism because of the prohibition against the use of birth control, this is just the tip of an otherwise brutal system of thought that keeps women not much more than a baby making machine. Perhaps in his next film Maher will take on the devastation to women world wide due to this antiquated view of the "second sex".


Linda Z
WBAI WOMEN'S COLLECTIVE
RT vine:witches brew

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