I've heard bits about Bill Maher's Religulous on both NPR and The Daily Show this week. I have nothing against disbelief, given that I've not considered myself religious since high school, but I tend to be rubbed the wrong way by what I like to term evangelical atheists. The types who rail against religion and belief are really just the doppelgangers of types like Jerry Falwell. Both share a disdain for those who disagree with them that is impressive. Of course, Maher claims to be agnostic and to share my disdain for the type of atheists who go for converts with the fervor of a charismatic Christian preacher, but he ends up coming across much like McCain where he blames Obama for causing the financial market bailout to fail and with his next sentence says now is not the time to affix blame.
In interviews and the clips I've heard from the movie, Maher likes to focus on negatives like the more outlandish aspects of some religions and the horrible things that have been done in the name of god over the course of history and basically ignores the good that has also been done in god's name. No religion is perfect, but I have trouble seeing it as anything worse than having a neutral cumulative effect. That's better than many aspects of human culture can explain.