Creflo Dollar – which I confess is the best name for a pastor ever – needs a new private jet so he can fly around the world bringing the good word to people who can’t afford proper nutrition.
He just needs 200,000 people to reach into their pockets and give 300 dollars apiece. When you put it that way, it doesn’t sound like quite so much money. I mean, you’re really just giving it to god. Through an intermediary, sure, but Dollar will make sure every cent gets to god.
Well, I mean, he’ll put in a good word for you with god. Not personally, of course, because 200,000 is a lot of names. But god will know.
What Dollar is doing is using god to justify his lavish lifestyle and getting the faithful to foot the bill.
Do we all think Dollar will use that new airplane exclusively for spreading the gospel or do we think it might get used for a family vacation or two?
So this week, we decided to watch “Religulous;” Bill Maher’s film about religion, and record a podcast about it. Molly took copious notes on the movie and, I have to say, made me look like a complete douche because I didn’t actually take any notes at all. I just watched the movie like a freaking amateur. I think that for all of us, the movie represented something of a turning point in our rejection of the god hypothesis.
For me, the movie represented the first time I really understood the stakes of failing to say that I was an atheist. Every time I chose not to simply be up front about who I was and what I believed, I was making it that much harder for the next person who felt the same way. Maher wasn’t afraid to say that he rejected religion and it made it easier for me to say the same thing.
So this week’s podcast is about our thoughts about the film. Enjoy!