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Analyzing An Argument Essay

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Have you ever pondered the meaning of life? Do you believe that there is something more to life? Maybe you are a Christian, Muslim, or Jew and believe the meaning of life is how well you practice your religion and believe in god in order to get to heaven or hell eventually. You could be an Atheist and believe that the meaning of life is to be filled with an abiding love of being and thinking only, believing that the current world we live in is all that life has to offer. Another option you have is doubt and uncertainty. Simply not knowing what the meaning of life is. This is what Bill Maher is trying to promote in his documentary, Religulous, about doubting the belief of religion. In the ...view middle of the document...

” Then Maher says, “Then why don’t you kill yourself?” Another example Maher uses Ad Hominem is when he attacks the senator of Arkansas’s indirectly about his level of intelligence instead of focusing on the big picture. Maher is just very manipulating in these ways. Maher also uses the logical fallacy, false analogy, while talking to the Jew, when he compares Jesus to Santa Claus. Santa Claus is not a religious figure.
Maher definitely appeals to his audience logically and emotionally. He appeals to his audience emotionally by implying things like, why do we believe in religion when it’s causing violence and destruction in the world we live in? He also says in the end of the movie, “The irony of religion is because of its power to divert man to destructive courses, the world could come to an end.” He is trying to evoke fear by saying that, “Religion must die for mankind to live.” Maher appeals to his audience logically by saying people shouldn’t believe in any god or any aspect of religion without scientific evidence. When talking to the man who plays Jesus in the Orlando, FL theme park, The holy land experience, Maher says “How can a god be jealous, that seems ungod like, I know people that have gotten over jealousy.” Another time Maher appeals to the audience logically is at the end of the movie when he says, “And anyone who tells you they know, they just know what happens when you die, I promise they don’t.” “How can I be so sure?” “Because I do not know and you do not possess mental powers that I do not.”
I think Maher does a pretty good job on getting his message across and I think that people should think more and be aware of what they are believing, but not at persuading people to completely stop practicing their faith. I surely wasn’t persuaded. There are some things that he said that made me think more in depth about the way I believe, but not to leave Islam. After all an interview with a hijabi on the street, one random sheikh, and a gay Muslim couple isn’t even close to enough to convince me to leave Islam. Might I mention that the gay Muslim couple were unnecessary and not beneficial for the documentary because they can barely speak two words of English and Maher was the one speaking most of the time, which I assume he had absolutely no problem with, and the two Muslim gays just smile and react to what he is saying mainly. The only thing Maher does for the segment with Muslims is make them look bad and stereotype them all as being violent, crazy people, which isn’t the case. He also attacks a lot of the Muslims he talks to. His open mindedness was very insincere when he talked with the Muslims. The way Maher debates with the Muslims is unconvincing to me. Maher is also extremely biased towards the...

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