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September 21, 2006

Avi's Funny Fundamentalists

By Mike Cowie

An open letter to all those who made the smart choice and watched Avi Lewis' show on CBC last night ("The Big Picture with Avi Lewis Part 2 - The Root of All Evil - Is religion the root of all evil in the world?")

I needed to sleep on it, but now I've come up with the Funniest Fundamentalist Freaks from Avi's show last night. Ok, so I didn't really need to sleep on it or even think about it for more than a second, but, hey,it was late last night and some people need to get to bed by 3:00... or at least 3:30.

Here's the list:

1) Fundamentalist American Christian Guy in his giant church telling Richard Dawkins that a) the Bible contains not a single contradiction and b)the Earth being billions of years old is "just a theory" (it, of course, is only 5,800 years old or so, according to "the Bible tells me so" Fundamentalist Crowd).

2) Fundamentalist Canadian Christian Guy in the studio who told us that "the Bible interprets itself". That one was so good the studio audience/panel/debaters all broke up in laughter, just like I did at home. It must have been hard for Avi to not crack up himself.

3) And, of course, there was Fundmentalist Muslim Jew Guy From Brooklyn Now Living In Jerusalem with his great one-liners about how Richard Dawkins doesn't dress his women properly. Now that guy was classic!

Who knew fundamentalists could be so funny. Ok, we all knew, but still... I mean, I really wasn't expecting to laugh so much. But we had Richard Dawkins, who was intentionally quite funny, and then all these fundamentalist freaks who, aside from being quite scary of course, were also pretty damn hilarious themselves, even if it was totally unintentional. Maybe we could get these three guys I listed above their own TV show on Comedy Central. They wouldn't have to rehearse or anything. They could just come out and do their thing on stage and I'm sure we'd have a hit comedy series on our hands. Think of it, getting rich off of fundamentalism. I bet no one's ever thought of that before.

Oredakedo (Mike)

Tag(s): Big Picture, Avi Lewis, Blogging

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Dedicated to music, film, sport, world travel, a far more just world, & Bob Dylan (not necessarily in that order), Mike is presently tangled up in the blues (& joys) of writing his first book, an account of his (and wife Sonoko's) 3-year trip across Asia.


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