Friday, January 19, 2007

Alexandra Pelosi's Film About Evangelicals Coming to HBO

Yes, as in that Pelosi.

Alexandra is the writer/filmmaker daughter of the Speaker of the House and so one might be excused for thinking that the documentary might be, least a little biased. Here's a look at "Friends of God: A Road Trip with Alexandra Pelosi" from ABC News which includes a few real head-scratching moments, including the ones I print below about the rock musician Moby, Ted Haggard, et al.

..."The political aspect of it makes me crazy," says Moby, who says he used to be an evangelical Christian. "The more the Republican Party caters to the evangelicals, the more they go outside the mainstream and we saw it with issues like stem cell research and the Terri Schiavo case."...

...In "Friends of God: A Road Trip with Alexandra Pelosi" the former network news producer had extensive interviews with The Rev. Ted Haggard, the former president of the National Association of Evangelicals, who resigned after admitting to meeting with a male prostitute and buying illegal drugs. Pelosi finished the film before the Haggard scandal emerged.

At one point in the documentary, Haggard is seen standing outside his church talking to young men in his congregation, when he turns to Pelosi (and the camera) and tells her that surveys have found that evangelicals enjoy the best sex lives.

Haggard then turns to the young parishioners and asks them, "How many times a week do you have sex with your wife? How many times does she climax?"

On the political power of evangelicals, Haggard says, "We can crash the Capitol switchboard system. That's power."...

...James Crestwood of Washington D.C., also an evangelical Christian, says a lot of evangelicals feel misled by the Republican Party. "They've been in power for 12 years and nothing has changed on abortion, gay marriage, the budget is out of whack. It's time for a change."