Wednesday, March 15, 2006


South Park is a secret pleasure of mine.

We don't watch it as a family but I know the boys catch it when the mamma isn't around and so do I. Yes, I think it could be less rude and still make fun of danged near every sacred cow tromping around in the garden. I filter 90% of the profanity out and giggle away.

In everyday life, Profanity is usually extraneous and over used...But, I consider it an absolute necessity at the same time. When I explained why "we shall not curse unnecessarily" to my boys they cracked up laughing at me.

"If you f---ng say F--- every other f----ng word, then what the F--- are you gonna say when you f---ng need to f---ng really f---ng say "F***"?!"

Profanity should be shocking. If it doesn't shock us any more, we should quit using it for a while. Folks will get used to not hearing F--- every other word and maybe it will be tanned, rested, and ready to go when we need a good curse word, like say when some cartoon ridicules our personal religion.

Isaac Hayes used to be a musician but he morphed into a cartoon character on South Park. he went from Shaft to Chef, as it were. When he was about to say "Mean Mother F----r" in the his song, Shaft, the backup singers overdubbed him with a "Shut yo mouth". That was good because we got shocked by profanity we didn't get to hear.

Isaac has been a character on South Park since its inception, but now he wants out of his contract because:

"There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins," Hayes wrote in the statement.

What Hayes actually means is that its fine to ridicule everybody else's religion but not mine.

Matt Stone said. "In 10 years and over 150 episodes of 'South Park,' Isaac never had a problem with the show making fun of Christians, Muslims, Mormons and Jews. He got a sudden case of religious sensitivity when it was his religion featured on the show."

What is it with cartoons all of a sudden? They are suddenly perceived as the greatest global threat to religion and worthy of rioting, burning emmbassies, and killing people, not because they ridicule religion, but because they ridicule "MY" religion.

Isaac Hayes is a classic example, being totally complicit in helping make fun of all the other goofy religions in the world until they got around to HIS goofy religion, which seems to have been made up by writer L. Ron Hubbard, who wrote a science fiction book about a guy who got rich by making up his own religion and getting everybody else to convert and give him money...and..uh????....Hmmmm....And then he decided to do just that by founding Scientology.

L. Ron was a Science "fiction" writer before he glommed on to the fact that the head of a religion can live way better than a two bit paperback writer. And you can get women too, I mean check out that Smith guy and his 200 wives...The Pope got his own thing going (not that there's anything wrong with that) but you gotta think 200 wives is one man's definition of heaven on earth...and another man's definition of Hell.

Anyway, I digress from the point of all this which is that religion just can't take a joke.

I say if it can't take a joke and a little ridicule, then it ain't much of a religion in the first place. There's at least 3000 different religions and maybe more if you consider the 50 something different Baptist denominations right here in Roane County, Tennessee separate religions.

All of them seemingly looking down on everybody else while getting their funeral parlor fans all frazzled when they catch someone looking down on them...Back.

And you know what? Danged near every single one of those 3000 religions and 50 Baptist denominations is making fantastical promises about what's gonna happen when we're dead and no way to check them out to see who's lying, and Brothers and Sisters, someone's gotta be lying. They can't all be right.

But All religions seem to get mad when they are challenged, And I think it is because they are scared. One thing they almost all do, is tell you that you won't get your reward after you're dead if you don't "BELIEVE" what they say. So they're scared to ask questions about fairly obvious stuff that questions ought to be asked about. They are all afraid of what will happen when they're dead, and most of them have differing ideas about it.

I wish I could help.

I figure life and death are like Texas Hold 'em...Nobody knows what cards we are playing with in the hole. Nobody gets to look. (and anybody says they already know is bluffing)

If we were to work together on the deal, what's underneath doesn't matter. It's only if we work against each other that the hole cards (that would be the unknown) becomes our enemy.

Just relax, play the hand you see, and anything on the flop is a bonus. And... Have a sense of humor about it, will ya?

For god's sake?



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