The Electric Commentary

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Who's the black Scientologist who quit when his beliefs were dissed?

Chef!

He's a complicated man:

"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," the 63-year-old soul singer and outspoken Scientologist said.

"Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored," he continued. "As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices."


And no one understands him but Matt Stone:

"This is 100 percent having to do with his faith of Scientology... He has no problem - and he's cashed plenty of checks - with our show making fun of Christians."

Stone told The AP he and co-creator Trey Parker "never heard a peep out of Isaac in any way until we did Scientology. He wants a different standard for religions other than his own, and to me, that is where intolerance and bigotry begin."

3 Comments:

  • Scientologists are kinda sensitive because they know everyone else thinks their religion is batshit insane. so they care because they're struggling for acceptance. i'd tell them that if they want acceptance that they should embrace a less crazy idea, but then I'd have to explain to them how the idea that a guy wanting to make babies with another guy is natural isn't crazy. i mean if you're gay that's fine you can't help it but biologically somethng clearly has gone wrong. so I guess we can only make fun of white people, christians, and men until all the minorities feel like they're better than white male christians.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:56 PM  

  • There is a huge difference between mocking religion and making fun of a person because of their race, sex, or sexual orientation. Race, sex and sexual orientation are inherent. People can’t chance these things about themselves. Furthermore, there are no causal relationships between race and most of the stereotypes associated with it; sex and most of the stereotypes associated with it; or sexual orientation and most of the stereotypes associated with it. Religion, on the other hand, is usually mocked for being completely nonsensical. Religious people are defined by their choice to believe in something that is total nonsense. There is a causal relationship between, for example, being Christian and believing in an invisible man in the sky and practicing quasi-cannibalistic rituals. These things are part of what defines a person as Christian. There is also a causal relationship between being a scientologist and believing an alien overlord is imprisoned in the Canary Islands and that it is worth it to pay thousands of dollars for lie detector tests. These aren’t stereotypes in the same way that the idea that, for example, Irish are drunks is a stereotype. Even if there is such a tendency, it is not causal.

    By Blogger JesusIsJustAlrightWithMe, at 4:32 PM  

  • Interesting comments.

    Mocking a religion can be just as bad as mocking race in many instances because religion tends to fall along cultural lines. Some Sunnis and Shiites can hate each other, but really, do people really choose one religion over the other because one says wash the feet of guests or just to wipe them with a moist cloth? Or because Mohammed makes more sense than Jesus? Or whatever the differences are between Catholics & Protestants? In most cases, it just reflects where your ancestors came from or cultural allegiances, not because of careful selection based on each's tenents. So mocking religion often differs little from mocking race, sex, etc.

    Now I get that JISARWM is talking about mocking religion generally, which is what South Park does (although sometimes one particular religion at a time). This does involve thought. Just as would a discussion of which religion's practices and teachings makes the most sense. I just thought I'd clarify the distinction.

    By Blogger Scott H, at 5:41 PM  

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