Friends of God: A Road Trip With Alexandra Pelosi

A documentary by Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, Alexandra, is set to debut at 9pm/8c tonight on HBO.

Friends of God: A Road Trip With Alexandra Pelosi features the filmmaker talking with prominent evangelical leaders including Joel Osteen. Pelosi also talks to “visitors at religion-themed parks, a Christian comic, creationist educators, Liberty University students and activists in Washington, D.C.”

(Did you know there was a Christian Wrestling Federation? According to the New York Times, Pelosi talks to the founder of the CWF.)

There are even some less prominent evangelical leaders.

Ted Haggard gets quite a bit of screen time as the “tour guide” through the Christian world. And as the footage was shot before his downfall, you can be sure there will be some unintentional, hilarious foreshadowing.

Newsweek interviewed Pelosi and brought up one of these moments:

Early on in the film, Haggard tells you, “Surveys say that evangelicals have the best sex life of any other group.” He then asks a pair of married, young male parishioners standing nearby how often they have sex with their wives. One of them responds, “Every day. Twice a day.” Then Haggard asks the man how frequently she climaxes. “Every time,” the man says. Leaving all the subtext aside for a moment, I’m wondering if this exchange was in the very first cut of the film, even before the revelations about Haggard came to light?

Yes, it was just a pure, weird coincidence.

Incidentally, a few years back, Pelosi had followed George W. Bush as he ran against Al Gore in the 2000 elections in her film Journeys With George. That film won an Emmy (albeit a meaningless editing one). Her other film, Diary of a Political Tourist, followed seven Democrats running in the 2004 presidential elections.


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