Pryor: Maher ‘Religulous’ Interview a Mistake

Sen. Mark Pryor tells Aaron Sadler of the Stephens Media Washington Bureau that he thinks it was a mistake to sit down with comedian Bill Maher to be interviewed about his religious beliefs for Maher’s movie “Religulous.” Let’s go to the now famous “talking snake” clip:

A piqued Pryor tells Sadler: “I think he’s trying to make me out to be a joke, and really what he’s doing is attacking people of faith. That’s unfortunate. I don’t like that. I wish I’d not been a part of it now that I know how it’s been used.”

The movie opens today in theaters nationwide, but not in Arkansas, based on my five seconds of online research, so add that to the list of the reasons you’re glad you live here: You won’t have to suffer through two hours of Maher’s oppressive smugness in a darkened theater, at least for a few more weeks.

As for me, I’m not really all that religious, but that’s only because I suffered a crisis of faith after I prayed for 10 years that a meteor would strike Bill Maher down where he stands, and nothing happened. My God, why hast thou forsaken me?!

Update: So it turns out that I was incorrect above, and “Religulous” is playing in Little Rock at the Market Street Cinema. I learned this by looking at a “News-Paper.” Have you seen these things? They’re really something else.


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8 thoughts on “Pryor: Maher ‘Religulous’ Interview a Mistake

  • October 3, 2008 at 11:13 pm
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    A mistake? How? Sleeping with a hooker while drunk on shore leave in Singapore and getting herpes…that’s a mistake. Going on camera with Bill Maher to talk about your faith for a movie? That’s a lapse of judgment.

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  • October 9, 2008 at 6:19 pm
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    It was a great film, very funny. Besides, religious people are a little coo-coo

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  • October 12, 2008 at 12:21 pm
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    I was looking forward to this movie. I can remember when religious people protested “The Last Temptation of Christ”. There was even a case where someone set a small fire inside a theater where it was playing right here in Arkansas. Years later, in college, I watched the movie and realized it actually edifies Christ. How ironic. Please, God, save me from your followers!

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  • October 12, 2008 at 12:25 pm
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    Jeff,
    Good point. If there’s a case to be made for protesting the film version of “Last Temptation of Christ,” it’s that it’s not very good, save the fantastic interrogation scene between Willem Dafoe and David Bowie as Jesus and Pontius Pilate, respectively. The original novel by Nikos Kazantzakis is much more powerful. That’s still not much of a reason to burn the theater down.

    And my objection to Bill Maher has less to do with politics or religion and more to do with the fact that he’s a smirking black hole of smugness.
    D.

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  • October 14, 2008 at 10:53 am
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    David Kinkade,
    Thank you for your reply to my post. I want to let you know “Religulous” is playing at the Market Street Cinima in Little Rock. I think the film is a thoughtful and relevant treatment of the subject of religion albeit generously slathered in irreverent and yes, even smug, humor. Taken with a grain of salt, you might agree Mahar presents a strong argument for the detrimental nature of religion to the progress of humanity.
    Jeff

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  • December 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm
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    I dont know if any of you will see this post. But i have to say that i really enjoy the film. its not without its faults (which are many in my opinion), but it is still one of my favorite. It provokes something that runs much deeper than Maher could ever touch upon. it just makes me laugh that Pryor didn’t think about what this interview would be about before he did it. I think Maher’s point was a good one… how can people who believe in the literal interpretation of the bible and be successful leaders? “knowing” the rapture is around the corner DOES make it hard to push for a better earth… bad things would signify the end times… wouldn’t bad things mean the lords kingdom is close? who wouldn’t want to be in the lords kingdom? so one can conclude that these people would push for more bad things to happen… no thank you, keep god out of politics…. PLEASE!

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