October 1, 2008
Bill Maher and religion: lost in transition
Don’t tell my wife, but I do often make mistakes, and occasionally they end up in print. This happened last week with my feature on Bill Maher’s “Religulous.” The inaccuracy in the article didn’t reflect poorly on Maher, but on me, because I was the person I misrepresented.
In the editing process, my editor wisely removed a pro-religion rant that I had added to connect elements of the movie with a closing quote from Maher. The info, though relevant, was distracting and the tone incongruent with the article. But what I didn’t notice until after the story published Thursday was that I neglected to put any kind of transition back in between this paragraph:
And this closing quote from the film:
To be sure, I do not think that religion must die if man is to live. Here is what I originally wrote to bridge those two quotes from Maher. The first of which I agree with, because doubt and faith are not mutually exclusive, and the second, its own form of dogma:
I don’t think what I originally wrote was better, but I did want to clarify: I believe that believing in God is a beautiful thing (long as you don’t use that belief to persecute others).
To see Maher’s appearance last night on “The Daily Show,” watch the video above. Part two is after the jump.