Pryor v. Maher | Arkansas Blog

Friday, October 3, 2008

Pryor v. Maher

Posted By on Fri, Oct 3, 2008 at 5:23 AM

Now that Bill Maher's "Religulous" has been released, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor will come in for more attention for his on-screen appearance in a film that attacks organized religion.

Pryor tells Stephens Media that he regrets having agreed to to the interview.

He'll be OK. The heavy-handed approach will have a narrow appeal and offend many, as Pryor recognizes.

"I think he's trying to make me out to be a joke, and really what he's doing is attacking people of faith," Pryor said. "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 article explains how the interview came to pass. Too bad the unedited version isn't available.

Pryor consented to the interview for what he thought would be a discussion related to the annual National Prayer Breakfast. Pryor was chairman of that event.

Instead, the camera rolled for an hour as Pryor and Maher went head-to-head on religious issues, Pryor said.

"It was very hostile," Pryor said. "It was very hostile toward religion and Christianity in particular. It really almost was like a debate between the two of this."

The hour of footage was pared down to less than four minutes in the movie.

... Pryor said a tape of the complete interview would show he was "pretty successful in making a solid counterpoint" to Maher's arguments against religion.

In the movie, Pryor openly acknowledges his Christianity and that he believes Jesus is the way to be reconciled with God.

"I really felt like I held my own," Pryor said Thursday. "I'm not afraid or embarrassed to defend my faith."


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (15)

Showing 1-15 of 15

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-15 of 15

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Women's March planned in Arkansas to mark Trump inauguration

    Speaking of Donald Trump and in answer to a reader's question: There will be a women's march in Arkansas on Jan. 21, the day after inauguration, as well as the national march planned in Washington.
    • Dec 30, 2016
  • Your daily dose of Jason Rapert

    Sen. Jason Rapert really, really didn't like it when a KATV reporter asked him about the hypocrisy of his political arguments.
    • Feb 4, 2017
  • Payday lenders on the march at legislature

    Payday lenders are working hard to get legislative cover for the reintroduction of their usurious loan business to Arkansas. Some are fighting back.
    • Mar 10, 2017

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Tuesday's open line

    • Critters got in to the tomatoes. I think it's the groundhog, Spousal Unit said possums…

    • on July 17, 2018
  • Re: 150 lose jobs at Walmart optical facility in Fayetteville

    • "a conglomerate over the years by one Italian company." No wonder my glasses are so…

    • on July 17, 2018
  • Re: Tuesday's open line

    • No comment. @NickKristof An Arizona Senate candidate says he's pro-gun because he once fended off…

    • on July 17, 2018

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation