|"Speaking of fictional characters you guys make claims about..."|
Anyone who knows me knows that I have a deep and abiding love for The Simpsons that can't quite be explained or quantified. And as such, I don't like it when organizations I despise go around disparaging my favorite tv family by making spurious claims based on lack of research and faulty logic. Once again, the Catholic Church seems to be talking out of its collective ass, because any true fan of the Simpsons can tell you that Homer Simpson is pretty much the exact opposite of a Catholic. In The Sweetest Apu, for instance, he claims to be Hindu, and in The Simpsons Movie, he says, "Relax, those pious morons are too busy talking to their phony-baloney god," (when entering the First Church of Springfield, which is of course a member of the Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism, the "one true religion"). That seems to indicate that he's an atheist. He's also been a Movementarian, even moving his family to their work compound for a brief period of time. And let's not forget the plethora of quotes Homer has made about religion:
- "You know, the one with all the well-meaning rules that don't work out in real life.....Christianity."- upon being asked what religion he practices.
"Lisa, if the Bible has taught us nothing else -- and it hasn't -- it's that girls should stick to girl's sports, such as hot oil wrestling and foxy boxing and such and such." (emphasis mine)
- "You make people miserable and there's nothing they can do about it, just like God."
- ""I'm gonna die! Jesus, Allah, Buddha, I love you all!"
- "I'm not a bad guy! I work hard, and I love my kids. So why should I spend half my Sunday hearing about how I'm going to Hell?"
- "I'm normally not a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me Superman!"
But coming from an organization with so little credibility as the Catholic Church, is anyone really surprised that they just make shit up?