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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Oh, they are *so* getting sued!

I am not a huge fan of South Park, but, my god (HA!), was the Scientology episode hysterical!

Much like the episode about Mormonism, this episode featured the crazy shit followers of this religion actually believe. And yes, at one point they had to put "THIS IS WHAT SCIENTOLOGISTS ACTUALLY BELIEVE" on the screen, because if they didn't, no one would believe South Park wasn't making it up (in case you don't know, the Scientology belief system involves aliens - I shit you not - and the South Park boys have actually met aliens before).

Of course, I'm not picking on Mormons or Scientologists exclusively. Transubstantiation. That's all I have to say to any Christian who's feeling superior. I mean, really: it's ritual cannibalism.

I know that a great many people find comfort in religion, but please. Religions are pretty much all wacky shit, but try to pick one that isn't quite so weird, OK?

(And as the husband-person says, "L. Ron Hubbard was pretty much a crap science fiction writer anyway." And I have to agree.)

I would like to take this opportunity to suggest that critical thinking is a good thing. I've written about this before. Don't be taken in by stupid shit. Think for yourself.


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Blogger Keven said...

"chloroform in print" - Mark Twain on the Book of Mormon

10:11 PM  
Blogger Hal said...

Hmmm . . . 2 questions:

What about Christians that don't believe in transubstantiation?

Do you think the COS will sue South Park? They are pretty litigi-crazy, and, well, they were pretty much asking for it in the end there (literally!).

10:33 PM  
Blogger carrie_lofty said...

What demoninations get away with still being "Christian" while not believing in transubstantiation? I thought it was a package deal.

I was raised a skeptical agnostic humanist, so I'm asking out of curiosity - not to provoke a fight or pick a side :)

9:10 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Even without the ritual cannibalism, there's still burning shrubbery, water-to-wine, bread-to-fishes, people-to-salt, worldwide floods, and let's not forget that whole resurrection thing. There are tons of other wacky shit in the Bible, including bears who kill children who mock a bald man. That's especially nice.

And yes, even though most of them are Old Testament, they still count. If they don't count than neither do the ten commandments. And I'm pretty sure that all Christians believe in the ten commandments.

And yes. I think the nutjobs will sue.

11:55 AM  
Blogger noricum said...

That sounds funny!!!

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Wiggy said...

I suggest you use some critical thinking on your blog's color scheme.

6:38 PM  
Blogger wormie said...

That episode was funny - I'm not sure what I liked more: the R. Kelly gag (and if you haven't heard his soap opera rap, you are truly missing out - it's hysterical) or that all the credits were "John Smith" or "Jane Smith". Hee!

11:06 PM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

I was under the impression that transubstantiation was pretty exclusively a Catholic deal - Protestants don't believe they're *actually* eating flesh and blood, just symbolically. Right?

Have you read "End of Faith" yet? Book review coming on my blog this weekend...

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

I've come to the conclusinon that sending bears to attack those who make fun of the bald is entirely appropriate and should be made a more important part of christian doctrine.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Keven said...

The Rogaine not working then Jeff?

10:52 PM  
Anonymous Christopher said...

Lee Ann has a point...

Technically only Catholics believe in Transubstantiation... The rest of the Christian community is happy with a metaphor...

Me... mmm... I'm all about eat my God... tasty...

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Christopher said...

None of these (burning shrubbery, water-to-wine, bread-to-fishes, people-to-salt, worldwide floods, resurection) are considered invariable by anyone but the most extreme holy rollers... most doctrines (rightly) focus on the meaning, versus the minutae...*

Which is why that comparison doesn't work (bear mauling versus commandments)... believing in the actual stone tablets is irrelevant. Believing in the words on them is all anyone cares about...

I believe only the big C insists you believe anything specifically outside of the resurection (or even simply the INTENT of the resurection)... (Catholics are required to believe in Transubstantiation, Immaculate Conception, Assumption, the Trinity)

I saw someone said "I hope they do sue, SouthPark could use some publicity." Couldn't have said it any better, I just came back to the show this season... and it is nice that it is really funny again.

*this excludes Mormons and 7th Day adventists and the like entirely, as their fundamentally altered from core Christianity (versus just disagreeing on petty details)...

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Christopher said...

Occasionally... I should spell check... meh...

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

I'd keep an eye out for bears if I were you Keven. The Wisconsin wilderness is dangerous enough without risking God's wrath.

8:01 PM  

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