Friday, March 17, 2006

Mock the Mormons, but not Scientology !

Drudge Report links to this story about Comedy Central pulling an episode of South Park that mocks Scientology and Tom Cruise.

Also from the article: "Isaac Hayes, a practicing Scientologist who has long been the voice of the character Chef, quit after objecting to a "South Park" episode called "Trapped in the Closet," which lampooned both the religion and Tom Cruise."

I guess it's okay to mock Mormons and other Christians, but when you mess with Hollywood's own religion, watch out.

Update: 8:25pm, Mar 17.

Here's a follow-up story. And a quote to illustrate the point: "[Matt] Stone told The Associated Press, "This is 100 percent having to do with his [Hayes'] faith in Scientology...He has no problem _and he's cashed plenty of checks_ with our show making fun of Christians."

Update: 11:01 am, Mar 21.

There's even more to the story. It now sounds like a publicity stunt, or other behind-the-scenes machinations. Isaac Hayes appears to have had a stroke in January, so he couldn't have "quit" the show, and the statements attributed to him might not be correct. See story at Fox News.


At 3/17/2006 02:03:00 PM, Blogger RyanMercer said...

I just wonder how many of these hollywood types and other people that are scientologists... realize that a science-fiction/fantasy author created their "religion". And did you know, we have a Dianetics place here... it's on Rockville Rd. I'd say it's abot 2-3 miles west of Lynhurst.

At 3/17/2006 03:39:00 PM, Blogger Bookslinger said...

It's not a secret that L. Ron Hubbard was a sci-fi/fantasy author before and after founding Scientology.

I just looked him up on Wikipedia and learned that he was also a royal screw-up in the US Navy and was relieved of command a couple times.

I don't know what Scientology and Dianetics teach. But if they help people in life, and if it's good for you, then fine. There are nuggets of truth, and even gems of truth, in almost all religions and philosophies. The reason most people join a religion or subscribe to a philosophy is because it has something good for them.

I've personally benefitted by reading Stoic philosophy by Epictetus, who was a Roman slave, and Marcus Aurelius, who was a Roman emporer.

I've also been benefitted by the philosophy of Bill Caskey from his book on salesmanship "Same Game New Rules".

There are lots of philosophies, religions and churches out there.

But as far as religions go, I believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's only official church.


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