I meant to say something about the episode South Park did on Scientology some time ago, but it slipped my mind until I came across this report that Isaac Hayes (a Scientologist) will be quitting the show because he feels that it is too intolerant of religious beliefs. South Park co-creator Matt Stone says everything that needs to be said about the decision:
"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."
"He wants a different standard for religions other than his own, and to me, that is where intolerance and bigotry begin."
Hayes is obviously upset because the episode made Scientology look bad. But the episode does this by simply letting Scientology speak for itself. The brilliance of the episode is that actually seeing what Scientologists believe is enough to demonstrate how utterly absurd it is. For example, watch the History of Scientology clip where a narrator tells the story of Xenu and body thetans while a disclaimer runs across the screen which reads "THIS IS WHAT SCIENTOLOGISTS ACTUALLY BELIEVE." It is indeed.
You'll notice that the alien souls were brainwashed before entering into our bodies. That's part of why Tom Cruise hates psychiatry. He thinks alien psychiatrists brainwashed the alien souls which had been murdered by an alien galatic overlord before they entered our bodies and became the root of all human psychological distress. How can you not ridicule that?
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