Monday, March 20, 2006

Scientology Vs South Park? Wrong War

"War is not an adventure. It is a disease." Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Everybody's all worked up because Tom Cruise might have influenced the airing (or rather 'non-airing') of one South Park episode -- out of pique over their treatment of Scientology.

And Isaac Hayes has quit as the voice of Chef, claiming the show demonstrates religious "intolerance and bigotry" -- code for "makes fun of Scientology." [Or maybe he hasn't, depends what you read.]

Bloggers are in a tizzy. Quotes from South Park creators are flying. It's now a major international news story.

Reality check: neither Cruise, Hayes, Scientology nor South Park has any meaningful impact on our lives. The War in Iraq does. It's costing us thousands of lives and billions of dollars and causing endless destruction -- all of which will shape our future for years to come.

Why the American public chooses to care more about a lunatic fringe of celebrities than about the dangerously mainstream fundamentalist Christian fanatics in the White House and Congress is a question for all of us.

First, Tom Cruise is an idiot, a pimp for a bogus religion and really, just a silly little man with a big fat over inflated ego.

Second, Isaac Hayes is a hypocrite and another Scientology stooge. He never protested when South Park skewered Christians, Catholics and Jews, but suddenly grew a conscience when they took on Scientology.

Third, Scientology is arguably the most ridiculous "religion" on the planet, based on one man's ultimate fantasy of outer space and on each believer's inner moron.

Finally--and most important--South Park is a TV show. It's satirical commentary disguised in sophomoric bathroom humor. You don't have to like it or even approve of it. You also don't have to watch it.

We not only have Freedom of Expression in this country, we have the freedom to ignore others' expressions.

We have Freedom to Worship. Which means any bozo can give his allegiance and life savings to a dumb cult like Scientology. And we can ignore them too. (
If they'd only let us!)

Here's who and what we can't ignore.

president using born again fundamentalist Christian doctrine to justify taking us to war, overstepping his authority and maintaining a total lack of accountability other than to God.

Congress endangering civil and human rights based on religious ideologies, including literal, fundamentalist interpretations of the bible. The US Constitution--not the bible--is the foundation of our democracy.

Supreme Court deciding presidential elections on political and religious ideologies and worse, determining what women can and can't do with our own bodies based on personal religious beliefs. The most awesome responsibility in our country resides in this body, which was formed to interpret the Constitution, not the bible.

Yesterday was the third anniversary (what an inappropriate word for this travesty) of the
War in Iraq. That--not the war between South Park and Scientology--should be our focus. And the real subject of impassioned commentary, serious debate and declarations of conscience by all of us.

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Blogger Cynthia Johnston said...

Interesting that there are three comments to your Terrell Owens piece and none to this one, until now. It's hard to believe that three years have passed since the BushReich lied us into war and occupation.

No wonder people would rather talk football. So would I, now that I think about it. Thanks for the link to TO's website. An enjoyable distraction from all the BushReich has wrought upon us.

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You do a tremendous disservice to the victims of Scientology to dismiss it as a fringe group of celebrities. Check out if you want to speak from a more informed perspective.

2:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Charles Manson a Scientologist before he started recruiting teenaged "family" members to commit murder for him? Then, of course, he suddenly became "Jesus Christ."

4:49 PM  

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