Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Evangelical Faith Suffocates Reason?

Article in the Hollywood Reported written by Barry Garron, as supplied by Reuters, "Born-again crowd a scary bunch of 'Friends'," refers to an interview with Alexandra Pelosi speaking about her new HBO documentary FRIENDS OF GOD profiling red-state evangelicals. Garron writes, "Pelosi, daughter of House speaker Nancy Pelosi, traveled the Bible Belt to bring back footage of fundamentalist worshipers, as well as Christian miniature golf courses, wrestling federations, car clubs and theme parks.

"Her guide for much of the journey was Ted Haggard, president of the 30 million-member National Association of evangelicals until he resigned in November after evidence of his gay relationships and drug use came to light. The film was completed a week or so before that happened, and Pelosi chose not to revisit the interviews to make points on evangelical hypocrisy, though she might have.

"Still, the parts of the film that were most troubling were not about abortion or gay marriage or even the incredibly pathetic attacks on evolution. Rather, it was the willingness of evangelicals, young and old, to accept as figurative and literal gospel anything and everything fed to them by authority figures. They appear as automatons, unable or unwilling to question the pronouncements of their leaders.

"Also difficult to watch were those who, despite having elected a born-again president and established giant radio and TV networks and a political power base second to none, still feel they are a persecuted minority. If Pelosi's intent is to show that evangelical faith suffocates reason, the point is well-made.

"She said it's possible for everyone to get along if we can get past the hot-button issues of abortion and gay marriage. She may be overly optimistic."

Yet, in another interview for ABC, Pelosi said she believes everyone can learn something from evangelicals, even if the lesson is not religious. The group's dedication to church and its cause impressed her. Other films by Pelosi are, DIARY OF A POLITICAL TOURIST (2004) (TV) and Journey with George (2002). For more, see the IMDB.

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