5 Divine South Park Episodes That Picked On Faith
The first words most people come to associate with South Park are “vulgar, mean and inappropriate.” In the hometown of Cartman, Kenny, Kyle and Stan, nothing’s sacred. Nevertheless, there’s something special about the way the show deals with faith and different beliefs.
Whether the series is showing Buddha snorting cocaine, or Cartman accidentally causing worldpeace by the Biblical prophecy of a ginger cow, South Park forces us to take a deep look at what beliefs and religion really mean to us.
It depends on the context. If it were referring to the actual books of the Bible and it’s thought etc… then sure, Biblical is appropriate.
Trapped In The Closet
This controversial episode is taking on the church of Scientology. Stan becomes the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard and encounters Scientology, and later on with Tom Cruise. After Stan’s tough feedback to Cruise’s acting, the actor locks himself upset in Stan’s closet, resulting into the running joke “Tom Cruise won’t come out of the closet!”
This episode delivers a description of the idiocy — and financial scam — behind “Scientology.“ Scientology, on the other hand, wasn’t amused about the episode which led to a departure of Chef’s voice actor and Scientologist, Isaac Hayes.
Red Hot Catholic Love
To end the pedophilia and molestation scandals, Father Maxie travels to the Vatican in season six’ episode ‘Red Hot Catholic Love,’ only to find out that the Roman Catholic Church is an intergalactic coalition ruled by a giant spider deciding over rules.
This episode is a metaphor for the pedophilia and molestation scandal itself: As long as the church is too sacred to investigate, it’s too sacred to evolve.
All About Mormons
The creators of South Park, certainly Trey Parker, knows a lot about Mormonism, for this reason, they even dedicated their first broadway production ‘The Book of Mormon,’ to it.
A lot of fans thought that the sections explaining the belief of Mormons were exaggerated work by Matt and Trey, but the episode was an accurate representation of the Mormon faith. Even the “Family Home Evening,” a monday evening spend with the whole family, is a practised activly by Mormons.
The Poor Kid
For all of you thinking South Park is only picking on religion, you were wrong. In the episode ‘The Poor Kid,’ Kenny’s parents are arrested as part of an episode of “White Trash in Trouble.” Cartman’s sincerely disturbed as Kenny gets forced into an agnostic foster home situation. This episode simply shows us that we’ll look ridiculous if we take ourselves too seriously.
Go God Go
Another example for Trey and Matt’s views on God, religion, and atheism is ‘Go God Go’. The show is sort of about atheism, but mostly about the new Nintendo Wii. It displays the future as a world ruled by atheism and science. The atheists have splintered into three parties: the Unified Atheist League, the United Atheist Alliance, and Allied Atheist Alliance, arranged of intelligent sea otters. Nevertheless, conflicts and war still exist, even without religion.
It’s easy to walk away with that impression that South Park violates, or may come across as anti religious to some people, as it doesn’t treat it as a sacred topic.
But the truth is — it doesn’t matter which religion we practice or life philosophy we believe in — South Park tells us we’ll make a fool of ourselves if we take us too seriously. Moreover, Parker and Stone are more interested in religion and beliefs than looking down on them.
“At the end of the day, if the mass delusion of a religion makes you happy, makes your family work better, is that bad or good?” — Trey Parker, 2011
All in all, it isn’t about if our belief system is a joke, it’s about if we know it or not. Anyway, the correct religion to choose for eternal paradise were the Mormons, sorry.